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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You can get a lot of gain after read this book. Moreau orders that Toundi be beaten, not because he had sinned but because he knew of his affair with Madame.

As Toundi revels more and more in the white man’s secrets, he seals his won doom in the process. Asiimwe Edgar July 1, Early on, he Hoyseboy Ondoua, the rural African protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon. Add to Your books.

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This novel is fabulous it strengthens ones inner being Reply. I will read the story again.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. While Toundi is still at the hospital, in a dazed state, M. The book is in the form of a diary although the reading is fluid like a novel is.

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

On one hand it is a scathing portrait of the French overlords’ cruelty toward a population that they viewed as not much more than ohono. Brilliant little novel about French exploitation of the Cameroon people. Most of all, however, it is a mirror for the hypocrisy upon which the whole system was built. How could he respect a man who acted without dignity?


As our protagonist is passed from the church to the state at the suggestion of Father Vandermeyer, Toundi finds himself within another realm of European hypocrisy. There was an error retrieving images from Instagram. Retrieved from ” https: Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, gouseboy the changing culture.

Apalowo Josiah Adewale apalowojosiah gmail. There’s little else you can ask of an author. Houseboy Ferdinand Oyono Limited preview – This book really highlighted how fearful French colonialists were of native Cameroonians and Black Africans in general. The rest of An interesting novella which captures life under French colonial rule in Cameroon.

He becomes the servant of a powerful colonist, learns more about the whites than they’re comfortable having him know, and it turns out badly for him.

Oyono’s book brilliantly examines the dishonesty that characterizes the interactions of black and white. Toundi then becomes “the Chief European’s ‘boy’–the dog of the King.

Abdallah weosonga May 31, Should you be having difficulties in bringing the published book maybe the form of Houseboy in e-book can be your option. Toundi said “a dog of a king is the king of all dogs In that way, am sure that a lot of people can relate to it.

I ferdijand write for fun. He is taken to prison, where he is tortured into confessing to a crime he has not committed. It also shows the progression of the main character from being “in awe” of the colonizers, and at times feeling different to or A beautifully written book that tells a story that moves from one point to the other effortlessly with deep contextualization of imperial Cameroon and the African condition; mainly embedded in the dialogues.


Apr 8 91 May 31, The French man discovers a diary which the Frenchman reads. Although in becoming the priest’s houseboy Toundi gave up his tribal identity, he finds that he will never fit in among the colonizers. Paperbackpages. It is a oyoo critical analysis on how the relationship between whites and black was!!

Toundi Ondoua, the rural African protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon. It said that about e-book. Concentrating on the political economy of knowledge construction and dissemination, they look at the variety of ways in which development policies are received and constructed to explain how local knowledges I read this book when I was sixteen.

The novel starts in Spanish Houesboy with a Frenchman on vacation, who finds a man named Toundi, who has been injured and soon dies. When Madame discovers that Toundi knew about the affair and disapproved it she becomes much more hostile against him. Postcolonial Histories of Sub-Subaltern Societies. Africans are able to differentiate between even other native Africans by the way they dress, and it is clear when someone has adopted the ways of the whites, simply by their outfit.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

Back then, I didn’t like this book at all and found it difficult to understand and appreciate the myriad of proverbial phrases this storyline is blessed with. Notify me of new comments via email. Toundi terdinand in Catholicism, but as the story progresses he drifts from his beliefs until the end, when he does not believe in God.