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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The novel is set in the French Cameroon. Published August 15th by Heinemann Educational Books first published Oyono uses two major themes to develop his story: After a long while, the Commandant’s beautiful wife arrives and settles in oyyono house. Account Options Sign in. Sophie escape with some of engineers money that was intended to pay his workers to Spanish Guineain shame the engineer accuses Toundi of the action and is sent to prison. Email required Address never made public.

When Madame discovers that Toundi knew about the affair and disapproved it she becomes much more hostile against him. The beginning of independence!

For more help see the Common Knowledge help page. The ways he misunderstood the lifestyle of white people was hilarious and sad at the same time.

Yet, I am very glad to have read this story. What did you do? Ultimately, the harshness of the Reality of his and his people’s condition and how subtly his view of it evolves is absolutely fascinating. He becomes the houseboy of the Commandant, and is witness to the childish egotism and fickleness of his colonial masters.


Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

No trivia or quizzes yet. This novel doesn’t make heavy use of graphic violence to make its point, however, and perhaps that’s a part of its power. In that way, am sure that a lot of people can relate to it. Back then, I didn’t like this book at all and found it difficult iyono understand and appreciate the myriad of proverbial phrases this storyline is blessed with. Ezeneche Chidiogo Mary October 12, You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.

As a houseboy, Toundi witnesses the sexual misdemeanors and psychopathic rages of the Europeans that give a lie to the veneer of civilization and hypocrisy of professed Christian morals.

On the return of the commandant Madame has become a very hostile and ruthless woman especially toward Toundi. As a young boy, Toundi was fascinated with the local Catholic mission and the priest who regularly distributed candy to the village children.

RobertsonIris Berger Snippet ogono – The commandant leaves for a tour, soon Madame engages in an affair with the prison director Mr.

At first, she hides her relationship. He is arrested and tortured for a crime he did not commit. Madame becomes very disrespectful towards Toundi, partly because she does not like being there any more, but mostly because she knows that he knew fereinand her affair. Houseboy ‘s power comes from the scope in which it makes its statements.


Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

Fersinand and class in Africa Claire C. Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture.

Toundi then becomes “the Chief European’s ‘boy’–the dog of the King. Be careful not to judge the past by the present.

In prison Toundi is touchered into accepting the crime rerdinand he never did. In the end our narrator finds himself in an awkward situation though in no way culpable: Europeans are outwardly superior and civilized, Africans are outwardly subservient and stupid.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is often times also painful, moving. Dialect is housebiy important factor of African identity. Baraka Sungura September 17, When we see Toundi’s white master implying that the “boy” smells badly, it mirrors the sentiment of the black girl lover of a whiteman who complains about the smell of her white boyfriend! It rather encapsulates Toundi as his life hurtles towards implacable disaster