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

Though he was advised to flee by Kalisia— the reader screaming internally oyomo Toundi, begging him to depart— he remains. Though previously, the Madame paid him little to no attention— his heart broken as she gazed upon the garden and had forgotten he was there— things changed swiftly after their journey to the market. The extra marital affair was against the African traditions that Toundi was born to and what he was assimilated to by fr.

Book 29 of the African Writer’s Series depicts the despotic, cruel treatment of native Cameroonians in French Cameroun, the former League of Nations’s mandate.

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I had never asked myself that question. Africans are able to differentiate between even other native Africans by the way they dress, and it is clear when someone has adopted the ways of the whites, simply by their outfit. Ferdinand Oyono has really done a ooyono work with this fictional work. In addition the death of father gilbert is described as a martyr; Toundi supposes that because he died in Africa.


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Akafia Sammy January 17, As our protagonist is passed from the church to the state at the suggestion of Father Vandermeyer, Toundi finds himself within another realm of European hypocrisy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Everybody has many questions above. Some have great prose.

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I think Oyono is careful to present all the characters in the novel as equally flawed. Through a young boy’s eyes the reader gets a glimpse into the consequences of the colonial world as it touches Cameroon.

They’re interesting, make no mistake, but they shed a pretty sickly ferdinanc on aspects of humanity that most of us would rather not think about. Oyono uses two major themes to develop his story: He is brainwashed off his culture by the excuse that his father was abusive ,however he lands in the hands of the colonial masters who pretend to be good Ferdinsnd and Christians, whose main agenda was to cut the tires between Toundi, his tradition, his bloodline and his African culture.

The Commandant returns from touring, and househoy is later ferdinnad that he knew about his wife’s affair and returns because of it. Since I knew hluseboy already, I didn’t come away with any new insights from this book — nor was I especially moved by the prose. 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.


Ferdinand Oyono crafts a novel about the oppression black people go through in the hands of the white colonialist.

housevoy 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. In part one Toundi escapes his brutal father’s beatings a porcupine trapper to a local priest where he acts as houseboy before ending up with the local French Commandant in what appears to be a good position.

The book is in the form of a diary although the reading is fluid like a novel is. Then things fall apart. The French policy of assimilation can be called patronizing at its very best. The African boy Toundi, he keeps a diary and events that had occurred in his life in what the author calls an exercise book.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: The first “exercise book” starts with Toundi living with his family. Baraka Sungura September 17, You must log in housebky edit Common Knowledge data. Father Gilbert teaches Toundi to read and write, and about Catholicism.

Jun 30, V. Bujra Snippet view – He is feared by most other people but he soon comes to be known as Toundi’s ally.