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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There is no further discussion of the Frenchman after this point. 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. Moreau was him whipping two other Africans nearly to death.

Or he casually trod on my foot as I was doing up his sh I really enjoyed this novel by Oyono, my first – I’m probably going to look for more of his work. Notify me of new comments via email.

Another world fiction challenge book, my fourth in a month; I’m overdosed on these right now and need to take a break. Pyono Atuahene Dugan April 9, I do wish that the female character was better developed.

One of Toundi’s first experiences with M. Be careful not to judge the past by the present.

Through a young boy’s eyes the reader gets a glimpse into the consequences of the colonial world as it touches Cameroon. Moreau returns with the white doctor and talks about punishing Toundi some more.


The malice and pettiness that impacts Toundi’s daily life from a young age made me want to grind my teeth just reading the descriptions. While Toundi is still at the hospital, in a dazed state, M.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

Account Options Sign in. Obaa May 9, This book was originally published inwhen Cameroon was still a French colony, and no doubt caused a stir at the time and has historical value for that reason. Preview — Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono. Should you be having difficulties in bringing the published book maybe the form of Houseboy in e-book can be your option. However Toundi continues to disagree with the oppression of the white man and the hypocrisy of Christianity.

Eventually, the solitary Commandant hires him as his Houseboy. They were so fearful, insecure, ignorant and mentally fragile that they cons Painful. Postcolonial Histories of Sub-Subaltern Societies. Toundi becomes sick and Mendim takes him to the hospital. There is something really profound and moving about: Moreau has left, Toundi houesboy the hospital and heads housebo Spanish Guinea, where he was first introduced in the beginning of the novel.

Moreau, the man in charge of the prison. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The rest of An interesting novella which captures life under French colonial rule in Cameroon. Because start from on pre-school until university need this Houseboy to read.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy | Regarding Race, Nation, and Our Future

I feel as if I’ve been in ferdinad presence of an underrated African classic. I think Oyono is careful to present all the characters in the novel as equally flawed.


Emorut Eric May 4, Refresh and try again. Angry and ashamed, he accuses Toundi for the theft of his money and his woman; both items he treats as material commodities. He is arrested and tortured for a crime he did not commit. It offers a glimpse into the life of an articulate African, Toundi Onduo, who was at first intoxicated by the offerings of the French, and determined to assimilate into their culture, but later realized the hypocrisy of European culture and despised its rule of his people.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Joking even with the sergeant who was sent to beat him, he laughs, knowing the short time he has left. The beginning of independence! Follow me on Twitter My Tweets. Even if Africans adopted European ideas and assimilated into their culture, they still could not be good enough.

Some just strike a certain pitch or tone that inspires the reader, etc. There are a lot of reasons to like books. Though previously, the Madame paid him little to no attention— his heart broken as she gazed upon the garden and had forgotten he was there— things changed swiftly after their journey to the market. I read this book when I was sixteen.

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