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

Can use in library and as book report choice for African literature course. What are we blackmen who are called French? This book is a source of inspiration. As time goes on, Madame becomes more and more hostile and disrespectful towards Toundi.

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Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Published August 15th by Heinemann Educational Books first published The one character that disagrees, Jacques Salvain, the headmaster of the school, makes a scene by comparing the lack of morals in Cameroun with the lack of morals in Paris.

The story begins with a Frenchman in Spanish Guinea who encounters the narrator, Toundi Ondoua, a I’m not going to pretend that I have extensive historical knowledge of the colonization of Cameroon, but for those with an interest in postcolonial literature, this should be on your “must read” list.

Toundi inquires at the end of his life Henceforth, Toundi is made increasingly aware of the hypocritical actions of the French colonialists.

I really enjoyed the novel and I had a lot of fun spending some time getting into the thick of it. Killed by a falling branch while he hurried to retrieve mail from his native land, he is called a martyr.


The extra marital affair was against the African traditions that Toundi was born to and what he was assimilated to by fr. See all 6 questions about Houseboy…. User Review – Flag as inappropriate Ferdinand Oyono has really done a great work with this fictional work.

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

Lists with This Book. After a long while, the Commandant’s beautiful wife arrives and settles in the house. While the Commandant was still on tour, it becomes obvious that she is bored with her life. Oct 21, Beverley added it.

It offers a glimpse into the life of an articulate African, Toundi Onduo, who was at first intoxicated by the offerings of the French, and determined to assimilate into their culture, but later realized the hypocrisy ohono European culture and despised its rule of his people.

Back then, I didn’t like this book at all and found it difficult to understand and appreciate the myriad of proverbial phrases this storyline is blessed with. Kipkoech kirui August 5, Husband, Father, Researcher, Bike Guy. Or he casually trod on my foot as I was doing up his shoelaces. Thanks and God bless you. Throughout the novel the reader wonders, if these colonists are so unhappy, why do they not simply go home? Paperbackpages.

Email required Address never made public. Feridnand to this book Serving Class: Book 29 of the African Writer’s Series depicts the despotic, cruel treatment of native Cameroonians in French Cameroun, the former League of Nations’s mandate. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

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. Toundi left home as soon as ojono could do so and a priest Father Gilbert sheltered him.


May 05, Rebecca Lawrence rated it really liked it. Youssou March 17, They were so fearful, insecure, ignorant and fdrdinand fragile that they cons Painful. The opening chapter finds the narrator hearing news of a man dying in a local village, when he 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.

A beautifully written book that tells a story that moves from oypno point to the other effortlessly with ferdinwnd contextualization of imperial Cameroon and the African condition; mainly embedded in the dialogues. Then things fall apart.

This novel is very written with subtlety, making it a compelling and challenging read. The author brilliantly explores the whole scenario, evoking the raw otono humanity in people across colours and race. 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. Though previously, the Madame paid him little to no attention— his heart broken as she gazed upon the garden and had forgotten he was there— things changed swiftly after their journey to the market.

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. Notify me of new comments via email.

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