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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I feerdinand enjoyed the novel and I had a lot of fun spending some time getting into the thick of it. It is no wonder the Madame turned to Moreau. Toundi’s voice is clear and concise, and for that reason the world can’t help but feel realistic, and that realism in turn fuels thought, empathy, and understanding.

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 That advice is what many people of color consider life’s script now.

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Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

This tragedy, like any, gives the protagonist an opportunity to speak his peace before his time is done. Refresh and try again. What are we blackmen who are called French? And the most pathetic aspect of the believe of we Africans is that we do not value ourselves, we only value to white man’s belief houseby his culture. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. How about your time? Click here to sign up. For example Toundi is initially fascinated with the wife of his “master” more of this ferdinnd but soon realises that apart from being a mere human too despite her white colour, she is actually worthless and sleeps around extravagantly.

They were so fearful, insecure, ignorant and mentally fragile that they constantly exerted their supposed superiority over natives with hateful, brutal abuse.


On the return of the commandant Madame has become a very hostile and ruthless woman especially toward Toundi.

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However mendim pours blood on Toundi to simulate injury and spend the lest of the time playing cards. Heinemann- Law – pages. Though he was advised to flee by Kalisia— the reader screaming internally at Toundi, begging him to depart— he remains. Clemence Audax October 15, Tragedy ensues when the commandant and his vain wife seek to ferdinannd of Toundi when they think he knows too many of their secrets. No current Talk conversations about this book. To say that Houseboy is anti-colonial literature jouseboy a bit of an understatement.

May 21, Nambou rated it really liked it. Even if Africans adopted European ideas and assimilated into their culture, they still could not be good enough. Here we have discrimination, prejudice, lust and infidelity; and the cruelty personified by the police and penal system.

Or just adding material when you need something to explain what yours problem? Books like this aren’t always fun to read. Written in the s, it is a deftly put together examination of the clashes between the natives of Cameroon and the Europeans that came to subjugate them. Cameroonian houseboy Toundi dreams of advancement and so studies the world of his white masters closely.

From his sometimes naive point of view, Toundi draws clear portraits of the French cerdinand and their cruelty to and disdain for the native people. Ferdinand Oyono crafts a novel about the oppression black people go through in the hands of the white colonialist. Things are very different now. Women and class in Africa Claire C. Oyono is a terrific writer parts of this book are quite funnywith a great sense of pacing, and has a keen eye for hypocrisy and racism. He is not embarrassed for himself, though, he is embarrassed for his master and all the other foolish whites in his land.

Madame becomes very disrespectful towards Toundi, partly because she does not like being there any more, but mostly because she knows that he knew about her affair.

After a fetdinand while, the Commandant’s beautiful wife arrives and settles in the house. I like to read stuff and to think about stuff and to fix stuff. Eh, I could give some analysis of this book, the simple and abrupt writing style at least in 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 houxeboy, but otherwise isn’t likely to be of much interest unless you’re from the area” review.


There is a memorable passage in this work that reflects how much Toundi initially “worshipped” the whites; when he first meets the wife of his master and she awkwardly shakes his hand.

Oyono’s writing style is simple and poetic at times, I loved the form through which the story is told- a diary and I particularly loved the way the main chara Colonialism in Cameroon through the eyes of a houseboy.

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

Another world fiction challenge book, my fourth in a month; I’m overdosed on these right ferdinadn and need to take a break. His humor never fades.

The beginning of independence! People have no compunctions about being violent when they’re convinced that the subject of that violence is not a person. In that way, am sure that a lot of people can relate to it.

It shows you what it needs to show in the everyday life of a houseboy, not in the events of revolution or the political struggles that eventually threw off the colonial yoke. Apr 08, Kuda rated it it was amazing.

Add to Your books. An interesting novella which captures life under French colonial rule in Cameroon.