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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Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

They were so fearful, insecure, ignorant and mentally fragile that they cons Painful. Toundi is held in a hut near the police headquarters. Eh, I could give some analysis of this book, the simple and abrupt writing style at least in translationthe story that focuses on the day-to-day activities of the white employers more so than the narrator’s inner life or feelings, but it boils down to another “this book has some academic value, but otherwise isn’t likely to be of much interest unless you’re from the area” review.

Written in the s, it is a deftly put together examination of the clashes between the natives of Cameroon and the Europeans that came to subjugate them. This book was originally published inwhen Cameroon was still a French colony, and no doubt caused a stir at the time and has historical value ferdinahd that reason.

Because start from on pre-school until university need this Houseboy to read. I ferdijand the part about this novel that struck me the most was that while it managed to be sad and subtle, in terms of storyline and characters esp the white charactersit combined that sad, quiet, subtlety with these casual little asides of brutality.

The story begins with a Frenchman in Spanish Guinea who encounters the narrator, Toundi Ondoua, as the boy approaches death. Each of the many characters have specific roles to play.

This book is a source of inspiration. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. It is often times also painful, moving. In his satchel are notebooks detailing his life as a houseboy to the French commandant, and the events leading to his own death. I appreciate your feedback.


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

Though he was advised to flee by Kalisia— the reader screaming internally at Toundi, begging him to depart— he remains. The berlin conference of was the machinery behind the African continent division. Thanks and God bless you. First of all reading through a book is good however it depends in houseby content of it which is the content is as scrumptious as food or not. It is also an indictment of the lie behind the policy of assimilation — learn to speak French and ape our manners and we will welcome you as Frenchmen — as almost youseboy French person shudders at the thought of that actually happening.

It shows you what it needs to show in the everyday life of a houseboy, not in the events of revolution or the political struggles that eventually threw off the colonial yoke. The scene when he is describing to the cook what he has found under the wife’s bed particularly amusing.

This novel doesn’t make heavy use of graphic violence to make its point, however, and perhaps that’s a part of its power.

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

But i think tried to tell the white men in Africa continent to return back home and those that ferdinad not go should not maltreat any African…. Toundi’s story is troubling but engaging. Gradually his eyes are opened to its realities, and ferdlnand the end it destroys him. And the most pathetic aspect of the believe of we Africans is that we do not value ourselves, we only value to white man’s belief and his culture.

Lists with This Book. 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. 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!


Be careful not to judge the past by the present. Angry and ashamed, he accuses Toundi for the theft of his money and his woman; both items he treats as material commodities. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Toundi left home as soon as he could do so and a priest Father Gilbert sheltered him. The initial image that Toundi had of a beautiful French Christian woman is deleted by her actions with the prison warden. However, I am confused at your point.

Houseboy ‘s power comes from the scope in which it makes its statements. Click here to sign up. 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.

He becomes the houseboy of the Commandant, and is witness to the childish egotism and fickleness of his colonial masters. As I ended, I had forgotten that I was reading a diary, for it reads nothing like one, and nothing about the language Oyono chose bothered me. I like to read stuff and to think about stuff and to fix stuff. Some just strike a certain pitch or tone that inspires the reader, etc.

Toundi believes great vistas are opening up for him by being the houseboy of one of the white colonial administrators.