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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Nov 23, Cristina rated it it was ok Shelves: 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.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. In that way, am sure that a lot of people can relate to it.

Moreau was him whipping two other Africans nearly to death. You can save typically the book in your smart phone. The clear picture comes bg when Toundi is just delivered to a new master after the death of the old master father gilbert; he was just a slave to work for the whites without pay.

Perhaps Oyono’s work almost seems cliche nowadays, which is certainly not his fault. Early on, he escapes his father’s angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death.


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. He realizes the true value of his skin color.

Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

The relationship between Madame and Toundi gets stiff, but things are more than quickly resolved between husband and wife. Mustapha Aminu Muhammad November 22, Father Gilbert teaches Toundi to read and write, and about Catholicism. 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.

Colonialism in Cameroon through the eyes of a houseboy.

It said that about e-book. Toundi is left with Madame to take care of the house. The British Dialect of Race and Nation: Here, the story changes and a new chapter begins.

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To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Toundi becomes sick and Mendim takes him to the hospital. An attempt will be remade in a few minutes.

Daniel Mwakasoko November 13, Toundi left home as soon as he could do so and a priest Father Gilbert sheltered him. While he’s is a good natured boy with a pure heart, the French exploitation of native Cameroonians cause the demise of Toundi this isn’t a spoiler, trust me!

He is diagnosed of a blocked rib, which he had incurred from a beating he received in the hands of the white man in prison. The ending is brutal as justice is effected summarily without any recourse to a rule of law, the natives viewed as lower than lowbut what makes this book a good book is that it is suffused with humour of Toundi and his friends which contrasts with the inhumanity of their rulers, the French.


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Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

It is very funny and very sombre and sad at the same time. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants an honest look at French colonization and its impact on Africans.

However, I am confused at your point. He translated the book from its original language, Ewondo, stating that he “tried to keep the richness of the original language without letting it get in the way of the story itself. Neither dictated by language, religion, family, or tribe, the three separate states ultimately united to form the United Ferdinanv of Cameroon, a nation built of negritude and the pride of being a Cameroonian.

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