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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Ferdinand Oyono crafts a novel about the hosueboy black people go through in the hands of the white colonialist. Toundi serves as houseboy for the Commandant. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It becomes very clear that housrboy events that go on in the house are more important to Toundi than his own bu.

The clear picture comes out 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. Akafia Sammy January 17, What overall theme did I miss? While some may argue that it pales in comparison to a work as well-known as Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, it is hluseboy and frank in its depiction of brutality the indigenous suffered at the hands of the Europeans and the French Catholic power structure.

Mar 07, Darkowaa rated it really liked it. Thank you for this. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Published August 15th by Heinemann Educational Books first published Soon after Madame arrives the Commandant leaves to go on tour again.

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ferdinans What do you regarding book? While the Commandant was still on tour, it becomes obvious that she is bored with her life. 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! Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link.

After a long while, the Commandant’s beautiful wife arrives and settles in the house. 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 exist new knowledge the information that exist in this guide represented the condition of the world at this point. It gives you thrill reading through journey, its open up your personal eyes about the thing in which happened in the world which is might be can be happened around you.


It also shows the progression of the main character from being “in awe” of the colonizers, and at times feeling different to or separate from other Africans, to his journey of eye-opening and discovery through reflecting on the body language of his masters and the various incidents that occur that wake him up to the realities of how the African is really seen by the colonizeer It yoono 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 of European culture and despised its rule of his people.

This page was last edited on 8 Mayat That is important to yo7u to understand how the improvement of the world. Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Angry and ashamed, he accuses Toundi for the theft of frrdinand money and his woman; both items he treats as material commodities. She begins an affair with M.

You can save typically the book in your smart phone. I do wish that the female character was better developed. The violence would have been more removed, she said. This book will bring you throughout new era of the internationalization. Houseboy Ferdinand Oyono Snippet view – So, fuck it, instead I’m going to give you a list of obscure foreign to me books, mostly in translation and hard to find outside of a university library, that I did enjoy and find entertaining.

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

It also shows the progression of the main character from being “in awe” of the colonizers, and at times feeling different to or A beautifully written book that tells a story that moves from one point to the other effortlessly with deep contextualization of imperial Cameroon and the African condition; mainly embedded in the dialogues.


Toundi’s sensitive self-esteem and idealistic attitude about the Europeans begin to flake, when he begins to realize that he belongs not to the world of his village nor to the one of the whites, but is caught in the groundswell of those Africans whose fate became inextricably tied to that of the colonialists and the changing world.

Overall then an excellent picture of the wrongs done to Africans by colonialism and I would recommend the book if you can find it. This detailed plot has been very essential to me, id failed to understand how French assimilation came into the picture,but now I figure t.

Dec 30, Mary rated it liked it.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

There are a lot of reasons to like books. Madame and the Commandant quarrel.

In addition fr gilbert shows him off to other white men about his abilities as if showing of something bought and expensive such as a watch, car or even a pet. The Madame is no more ignorant than her husband is, or even Toundi is in his affection for her.

Cameroun, and its neighbors the anglophone North and South Cameroons, struggled to find a cohesive Cameroonian identity.

It was the beginning of Negritude! Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono offers us an interesting peek into the life of a Camerounian shortly before it declared its sovereign independence from France.

This widespread belief reveals the inherent racism underlying the entire imperial enterprise. Paperbackpages.

I feel as if I’ve been in the presence of an underrated African classic. 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 are appropriated and recast, either by local elites or by development agencies.

She was simply nasty, rather French colonials could be awfully nasty.