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 | Regarding Race, Nation, and Our Future

The Frenchman finds his diary, which is called an “exercise book” by Toundi. It’s a first-person diary account of the boy’s life from his father’s house to the final days. Tragedy ensues when the commandant and his vain wife seek to “dispose” of Toundi when they think he knows too many of their secrets. It is often times also painful, moving. This Houseboy is simple to create you can read it in the area, in the beach, train and also soon. It is make you easier to read it. He realizes the true value of his skin color.

But i think tried to tell the white men in Africa continent to return back home and those that will not go should not maltreat any African…. I think Oyono is careful to present all the characters in the novel as equally flawed.


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However, it falls in the trap that most analysis of African literature falls in: Toundi believes great vistas are opening up for him by being the houseboy of one of the white colonial administrators. Soon though, she is overtaken, and begins seeing him almost daily, kissing him even in the open afternoon sun. Early on, he escapes his father’s angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death.

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This short but powerful novel explores the evils of colonialism through the story of a young Cameroonian man, Toundi, who becomes the “houseboy” first for a priest and then for the French “commandant” in the area.

The story begins with a Frenchman in Spanish Guinea who encounters the narrator, Toundi Ondoua, a I’m not going to pretend that I have extensive historical knowledge of the colonization of Cameroon, but for those with an interest in postcolonial literature, this should be on your “must read” list.

It is not important with you? 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.

The British Dialect of Race and Nation: His name is mendim, who in the ferdinahd of other prisoners as the very masculine. The actions of the white authorities are determined through the binary between these two divergent forces and their moral inconsistencies are made plain.


First of all reading through a book is good however it ferdijand in the content of it which is the content is as scrumptious as food or not.

Add to Your books. The French policy of assimilation can be called patronizing at its very best. May 21, Nambou rated it really liked it. I am tired of writing those reviews and you all are tired of reading them.

Concentrating on the political economy of knowledge construction and dissemination, they look at the variety of ways in which development policies are received and constructed to explain how local knowledges Retrieved from ” https: Members Reviews Popularity Average rating Mentions 8 61, 3. The perspective is that of Toundi.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

I feel you may have missed the overall theme of my analysis. Blog Statshits. Toundi left home as soon as he could do so and a priest Father Gilbert sheltered him.