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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Views Read Edit View history. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. African Writers Series A great, short read. It is often times also painful, moving.

His name is mendim, who in the description of other prisoners as ogono very masculine. The Times Literary Supplement said of this book: Here thing why that Houseboy are different and trustworthy to be yours.

Agnes Amero November 6, An attempt will be remade in a few minutes. Become a Housdboy Author. I read Houseboy in a single sitting. Interestingly, her troubles do not begin until after an interesting encounter with Toundi.

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In part 2 however the Commandant’s beautiful wife arrives and the consequences for Toundi prove to be dire as he serves both his master and the expectations ferdinwnd how a native can behave. The doctor finds out that Toundi’s ribs are broken and have punctured his bronchi.


Eventually, the solitary Commandant hires him as his Houseboy. Hone It’s a first-person diary account of the boy’s life from his father’s house to the ferdiand days. Because start from on pre-school until university need this Houseboy to read.

View all 3 comments. Oyono is a terrific writer parts of this book are quite funnywith a great sense of pacing, and has a keen eye for hypocrisy and racism. The novel starts in Spanish Guinea with a Frenchman on vacation, who finds a man named Toundi, who has been injured and soon dies.

The rest of the book is the diary. Father Housebly dies in a motorcycle accident a few months after meeting Toundi. The commandant leaves for a tour, soon Madame engages in an affair with the prison director Mr.

There is something really profound and moving about: The Second Exercise book The Commandant returns from touring, and it is later discovered that he knew about his wife’s affair and returns because of it. Toundi believes great vistas are opening up for him by being the houseboy of one of the white colonial administrators.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He becomes the houseboy of the Commandant, and is witness to hojseboy childish egotism and fickleness of his colonial masters. 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.

As a young boy, Toundi was fascinated with the local Catholic mission and the priest who regularly distributed candy to the village children. Dec 10, Diane Brown rated it really liked it Shelves: Things are very different now.


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

He is not embarrassed for himself, though, he is embarrassed for his master and housebiy the other foolish whites in his land. Toundi believes in Catholicism, but as the ferinand progresses he drifts from his beliefs until the end, when he does not believe in God. What overall theme did I miss? 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.

It is an easy read that exposes the absurdities and brutalities of colonizers in Africa and the world Europeans created for themselves in Africa almost cocooned. 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 Houseeboy condition; mainly hojseboy in the dialogues.

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