houseboy Ferdinand Oyono begins his haunting tragedy at the end of a Cameroonian houseboy’s life. “Brother, what are we,” Toundi Onduo. Ferdinand Oyono has really done a great work with this fictional work. portrayed this in the life of Toundi when he has to be the houseboy of the Commander. Ferdinand Oyono crafts a novel about the oppression black people go through in the hands of the white colonialist. In West Africa specifically.

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Toundi is held in a hut near the police headquarters. Toundi serves as houseboy for the Commandant. His father comes back for him, telling Toundi that everything will be all right if he comes back. Obaa May 9, It is make you easier to read it. Open Preview See a Problem? Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him ferdinnd he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture.

Agnes Amero November 6, Apr 08, Kuda rated it it was amazing. I think the part about this novel that struck me the most was that while it managed to be sad and subtle, in terms of storyline and characters esp the white charactersit combined that sad, quiet, subtlety with these casual little asides of brutality.


The theme of colonialism in reference to houseboy, novel by Ferdinand Oyono

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The ways he misunderstood the lifestyle of white people was hilarious and sad at the same time. As one of the founders of the negritude movement, Oyono deserves props for being one of the early writers of the colonial experience, from a native perspective. Email required Address never made public.

Youssou March 17, Toundi is left with Madame to take care of the house. Its realy awaresome; am a student of literature in kenya moi university n am doing this novel as my field of study; thenks for boosting my knowledge on it; i like how madame is displayed in da text she depicts da ignorance of females; haha sorry for that. Houseboy Ferdinand Oyono Limited preview – Blog Statshits.

He is taken to prison, where he is tortured houweboy confessing to a crime he has not committed. The contributors to this volume offer an original approach to debates about indigenous knowledge.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

She initially is a warm and caring woman, who is very beautiful. Moreau returns with the white doctor and talks about punishing Toundi some more.


Thanks and God bless you. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Madame and the Commandant quarrel.

Fortunately he has a friend who works there named Mendim, who is described as a very muscular man. While Toundi is still at the hospital, in a dazed state, M. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

Yet, I am very glad to have read this story. The dark absurdity of white interference in Toundi’s world becomes readily apparent and deeply shocking. This site uses ferddinand. Toundi left home as soon as he could do so and a priest Father Gilbert sheltered him. Who was better to read the events first hand except the Europeans themselves?

The author exposes a foreign religion that enticed people especially children into joining Christianity using ferdinnd. Things are very different now. In that way, am sure that a lot of people can relate to it.