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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Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

He cannot continue as a boy, for he has become the master in his own mind. It is not important with you?

Dialect is another important factor of African identity. Want to Read saving…. Moreau returns with the white doctor and talks about punishing Toundi some more. We Africans have to change our metality and value ourselves. Sipho iyono July 1, So, fuck it, instead I’m going to give you a list of obscure foreign to me books, mostly in translation and hard to find outside of a university library, that I did enjoy oyno find entertaining.

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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 oyonk from one point to the other effortlessly with deep contextualization of imperial Cameroon and the African condition; mainly embedded in the dialogues.

After an argument with his father, Toundi runs away to the mission, and becomes the “boy” of the priest.

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. You are commenting using your Facebook account. However mendim pours blood hojseboy Toundi to simulate injury and spend the lest of the time playing cards.

He is brainwashed off his culture by the excuse that his father was abusive ,however he lands in the hands of the colonial masters who pretend to be good Samaritans and Christians, whose main agenda was to cut the tires between Toundi, his tradition, his bloodline and his African culture. A series of events brings him into the world of white foreigners where he begins to learn hard lessons about just how cruel men can be There are a lot of reasons to like books.


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Gradually his eyes are opened to its realities, and in the end it destroys housebly. Blog Statshits. It is a very critical analysis on how the relationship between whites and black was!! This book exist new knowledge the information that exist in this guide represented the condition of the world at this point. The Times Literary Supplement said of this book: Here thing why that Houseboy are different and trustworthy to be yours. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Have a specific inquiry? It makes you think of Arendt’s phrase about the “banality of evil. Nov 28, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’ve read so many of these books now that even the most hhouseboy errors are beginning to repeat themselves – even the narrator’s observing something and otono it as “imperceptible” not “nearly imperceptible,” but actually incapable of being perceived only repeats a malapropism I’d seen before.

In part 2 however the Commandant’s beautiful wife arrives and the consequences for Toundi prove to be dire as he serves both his master and the expectations of how a native can behave. It also shows the progression of the main character from being “in awe” of the colonizers, and at times feeling different to or separate from other Africans, to his journey of eye-opening and discovery through reflecting on the body language of his masters and the various incidents that occur that wake him up to the realities of how the African is really seen by the colonizeer You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Toundi is accused of helping Sophie, the lover of an Engineer, steal and make away with his cashbox. The story of a Cameroonian boy during the height of colonization who thought life would be better with the colonizers than under his father’s strict rules. As Toundi revels more and more in the white man’s secrets, he seals his won doom in the process.

At the point in history when this novel was written, Africans were endeavoring to see themselves as valuable, separate identities than their colonizers; as people. Yet, I am very glad to have read this story. Eh, I could give some analysis of this book, the simple and abrupt writing style at least fereinand translationthe story that focuses on the day-to-day activities of the white employers more so than the narrator’s inner life or feelings, but it boils down to another “this book has some academic value, but otherwise isn’t likely to be of much interest unless you’re from the area” review.


Mar 07, Darkowaa rated it really liked it. The scene when he is describing to the cook what he has found under the wife’s bed particularly amusing. It is make you easier to read it.

Its because of colonialism that he is not safe in his home anymore. The opening chapter finds the narrator hearing news of a man dying in a local village, when iyono investigates he finds the man and the narrator is by his side as he diesit is evident the dying man has been the victim of a violent attack. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. Oyono depicts the interactions among the Africans in the story, as well as their perceptive observations of life within white households, including all their bad behavior; of course, the whites don’t really think the Africans notice what they do, because they don’t notice the Africans except when they displease them.

Early on, he 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 gives you thrill reading through journey, its open up your personal eyes about the thing in which happened in the world which is might be can be happened around you.

What followed was a series of exploitations across Africa from east Africa and along the Nile we had the British, to the French West Africa. That advice is what many people of color consider life’s script hokseboy. Toundi is compelled to act as a go-between for the two. This novel is fabulous it strengthens ones inner being Reply. They’re interesting, make no mistake, but they shed a pretty sickly light on aspects of humanity that most of houseoby would rather not think about.