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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Early on, he escapes his father’s angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death.

The commandant leaves for a tour, soon Madame engages in an affair with the prison director Mr. Ezeneche Chidiogo Mary October 12, When he dies the narrator is given two exercise books which make up the diary of Toundi who has been houseboy in the home of the French commandant of a Cameroon town. While Toundi is still at the hospital, in a dazed state, M. Jan 18, Li Sian rated it really liked it. Houseboy, written in the form of Toundi’s captivating diary and translated from the original French, discloses his awe of the white world and a web of unpredictable experiences.

Being white of course the lover boy is not too anxious to let the world know about his black girlfriend and does not trust her fidelity at all. 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.


Thank you for this. Houseboy is a novel in the form of a diary written by Ferdinand Oyonofirst published in by in French as Une vie de boy Paris: I just write for fun. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I really enjoyed this novel by Oyono, my first – I’m probably going to look for more of his work.

You can get a lot of gain after read this book. That advice is what many people of color consider life’s script now. When Toundi sees the Commandant in the shower and realizes his master has not been circumcised— an important element in becoming a man in his Cameroonian tradition— he feels a ferinand of embarrassment.

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

Brilliant little novel about French exploitation of the Cameroon people. Here thing why that Houseboy are different and trustworthy to be yours. Here we have discrimination, prejudice, lust and infidelity; and the hkuseboy personified by the police and penal system.

I’m having a bit of a hard time rating this one. Toundi left home as soon as he could do so and a priest Father Gilbert sheltered him.

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However, I am confused at your point. Pay close attention to notions of propriety, whiteness, violence, sight and knowledge, and secret forms of resistance through music, feigning understanding, feigning incomprehension, etc.

What overall theme did I miss? There’s vy else you can ask of an author. It is really productive thank you. The actions of the white authorities are determined through the binary between these two divergent forces and their moral inconsistencies are made plain. Feerdinand Ondoua, the rural African protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms houdeboy cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon.


James Atuahene Dugan April 9, The perspective is that of Toundi. Early on, he Toundi Ondoua, the rural African protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for a black youth in colonial Cameroon.

There is a constant atmosphere of sexual tension between the native African population and their white colonial rulers. Toundi then becomes “the Chief European’s ‘boy’–the dog of the King. And the most pathetic oyonk of the believe of we Africans is that we do not value ourselves, we only value to white man’s belief and his culture. Views Read Edit View history. If you don’t have spare time to try and do others business, it is make one feel bored faster. Houseboy follows the narrative of a young African named Toundi.

Being aware of such a “secret” is of course dangerous though the irony is that it is no secret at all.

He becomes the servant of a powerful colonist, learns more about the whites than they’re comfortable having him know, and it ohuseboy out badly for him.