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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They’re interesting, make oyoon mistake, but they shed a pretty sickly light on aspects of humanity that most of us would rather not think about. Moreau returns with the white doctor and talks about punishing Toundi some more.

Fortunately he has a friend who works there named Mendim, who is described as a very muscular man.

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Then things fall apart. Toundi is accused of helping Sophie, the lover of an Engineer, steal and make away with his cashbox. Aug 19, Priscilla Mensah rated it liked it Shelves: Oyono has really portrayed this in the life of Toundi when he has to be the houseboy of the Commander. Apr 8 91 May 31, The scene when he is describing to the cook what he has found under the wife’s bed particularly amusing.

I will read the story again. No matter what we believe, houzeboy offers us choices and forces and forces to live with the consequences of our decisions.

Naa Takia rated it really liked it. His humor never fades. Things are very different now. He is taken to prison, where he is tortured into confessing to a crime he has not committed. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Ferdinand Oyono has really done a great work with this fictional work. 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.

Moreau orders Mendim to beat up Toundi, but Mendim throws ox’s blood on him to make it look like he is injured. To ask other readers questions about Houseboyplease sign up. When Toundi sees the Commandant in the shower and realizes his master has not been circumcised— an important element in becoming ferdniand man in his Cameroonian tradition— he feels a pang of embarrassment.

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I kind of understand why it ended the way it did because Toundi was unable to continue the diary, but man I would like to have gotten the last leg of the journey for Toundi. Moreau orders that Toundi be beaten, not because he had sinned but because he knew of his affair with Madame.

Skip to main content. Dialect is another important factor of African identity. So, fuck it, instead I’m going to give you a list of obscure foreign to me oyoni, mostly in translation and hard to find outside of a university library, that I did enjoy and find entertaining.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Throughout the novel, the white settlers appear unhappy, displeased at their lot in the sad land of the heathens and uncomfortable in the heat of the African sun.

The commandant leaves for a tour, soon Madame engages in an affair with the prison director Mr.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They were so fearful, insecure, ignorant and mentally fragile that they constantly exerted their supposed superiority over natives with hateful, brutal abuse. No matter the rank, education, poise, or beauty of the Africans who wished to assimilate, they remained lower even than the most unsavory and downtrodden white Frenchman.

She was simply nasty, rather than a fully-fleshed character who might have some redeeming qualities. When the Commandant returns, she is portrayed as a ruthless woman. The first “exercise book” starts with Toundi living with his family.

Throughout the novel, there are several ways that Africans establish and maintain their unique cultural identities despite the oppression of external imperialistic control.

What followed was a series of exploitations across Ooyono from east Africa and along the Nile we had the British, to the French West Africa.


Oct 21, Beverley added it. Whether the French believed their lie or not, neither their hearts nor their country would open to include their colonial subjects. I really enjoyed this novel by Oyono, my first – I’m probably going to look for more of his work. View all 3 comments. Or he casually trod on my foot as I was doing up his sh I really enjoyed this housrboy by Oyono, my first – I’m probably going to look for more of his work.

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

It is really productive thank you. Its realy awaresome; am a student of literature in kenya moi university n am doing this novel as my field of study; thenks for boosting my knowledge on it; i like how madame is displayed in da text she depicts da ignorance of females; haha sorry for that Reply.

First of all reading through a book is good however it depends in the content of it which is the content is as scrumptious as food or not.

However Toundi continues to disagree with the oppression of the white man and the hypocrisy of Christianity. Fsrdinand to Read Currently Reading Read.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

Toundi believes great vistas are opening up for him by being the houseboy of one of the white colonial administrators. Ferdinand Oyono has really done a great work with this fictional work. Joking even with the sergeant who was sent to beat him, he laughs, knowing the short time he has left. Notify me of new comments via email. 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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