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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Oyono’s novels were written in French in the late s and were only translated into English a decade or two afterward.

Asiimwe Edgar July 1, Jan 28, A. An attempt will be remade in a few minutes. I didn’t care for Oyono’s terse, abrupt and staccato prose. He is diagnosed of a blocked rib, which he had incurred oyoono a beating he received in the hands of the white man in prison. That advice is what many people of color consider life’s script now. Who was better to read the events first hand except the Europeans themselves?

Each of the many characters have specific roles to play.

Toundi becomes sick and Mendim takes him to the hospital. Other titles by African writers from Waveland Press: In that way, am sure that a lot of people can relate to it.

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

Perhaps Oyono’s work almost seems cliche nowadays, which is certainly not his fault. No trivia or quizzes yet. There are still similar issues, but we cannot assume they arise from the same causes.


Throughout the novel, Oyono emphasizes the importance of dress, names, and oyojo. It makes you think of Arendt’s phrase about the “banality of evil. There is something really profound and moving about: Hone It’s a first-person diary account of the boy’s life from his father’s house to the final days.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

Jun 24, Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it. Youssou March 17, I feel you may have missed the overall theme of my analysis.

Toundi’s voice is clear and concise, and for that reason the world can’t help but feel realistic, and that realism in turn fuels thought, empathy, and understanding.

Postcolonial Histories of Sub-Subaltern Societies. His humor never fades.

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

An interesting novella which captures life under French colonial rule in Cameroon. It is at this point Toundi decides to escape to Spanish Guinea. Be careful not to judge the past by the present. His fear and ferdinnd for the commandant somehow reduces after he cerdinand that the French colonial agent was not circumcised. This novel is fabulous it strengthens ones inner being Reply.

It is not only a novel but also reveals the plight of the African during colonialism Reply. 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. 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.


Agnes Amero November 6, In the end, they turn on Toundi, not because he has committed a crime, or because they are sadistic and brutal, but simply because they know that he has seen their hypocrisy and they cannot stand to see that knowledge in his eyes.

Toundi’s doom is written large from page one, so you know it isn’t gong to nouseboy well for him, but that didn’t stop me being engrossed. View all 3 comments. This is an historical and social analysis of literature, nothing more.

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The story is in the format of a diarytold from the perspective of Toundi, a young Cameroon who runs away from his abusive father in a tribal setting opting to grow up in the church arou A great, short read. Whether the French believed their lie or not, neither their hearts nor their country would open to include their colonial subjects. If you did not have got much space to bring typically the printed book, you can buy the actual e-book. Neither dictated by language, religion, family, or tribe, the three separate states ultimately united to form the United Republic of Cameroon, a nation built of negritude and the pride of being a Cameroonian.