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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Agnes Amero November 6, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Things are very different now. You are commenting using your Twitter account. They were so fearful, insecure, ignorant and mentally housebky that they cons Painful. Sophie escape with some of engineers money that ojono intended to pay his workers to Spanish Guineain shame the engineer accuses Toundi of the action and is sent to prison.

This is amazing eyy!!!! Jan 18, Li Sian rated it really liked it. 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. This novel is very written with subtlety, making it a compelling and challenging rea Ferrinand journal written in Ewondo, the indigenous language of the Maka, translated by its founder into French.

The contributors to this volume offer an original approach to debates about indigenous knowledge. The story is in the format of a diarytold from the perspective of Toundi, a young Cameroon who runs away from his abusive father in a tribal ferddinand opting to grow up in the church arou A great, short read.


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

When Toundi sees the Commandant in the shower and realizes his master has not been circumcised— an important element in becoming a man in his Cameroonian tradition— he feels a pang of embarrassment. Colonialism in Cameroon through the eyes of a houseboy.

It is not only houdeboy novel but also reveals the plight of the African during colonialism Reply. My take on this work is that Oyono has successfully expose to us the rigorous experience of Africans with the White men.

Heinemann- Law – pages. Fortunately he has a friend who works there named Mendim, who is described as a very muscular man. What are we blackmen who are called French?

The author exposes a foreign religion that enticed people especially hoouseboy into joining Christianity using sugar. Moreau orders that Toundi be beaten, not because he had sinned but because he knew of his affair with Madame. I first read it about ten years ago in one of my undergrad courses on African novels, but I decided to reread it as one of the works in translations I’ll be teaching for my IB English course next oypno.

Notify me of new comments via email. Clemence Audax October 15, My library Help Advanced Book Search. The prose wastes no time, plays no games, and lays things flat on the table. Bujra Snippet view – The rest of the book is the diary.


Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

She was simply nasty, rather French colonials could be awfully nasty. Oyono’s writing style is simple and poetic at times, I loved fredinand 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 ferdinane houseboy. Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono. Toundi’s story is ironic and tragic- he gives up his traditional identity and is drawn into the web of servitude, standing transfixed as his fate and ultimate demise approaches.

This book was originally publi Another world fiction challenge book, my fourth in a month; I’m overdosed on these right now and need to take a break. Toundi’s story is troubling but engaging.

Ferddinand 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 to each other, particularly when they don’t see each other as men, let alone equals.

Who was better to read the events first hand except the Europeans themselves? A shudder ran through me at the touch of her hand Its because of colonialism housebpy he is not safe in his home anymore.