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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Jun 30, V. Open Preview See a Problem? They spend the rest of the day playing cards. What followed was a series of exploitations across Africa from east Africa and along the Nile we had the British, to the French West Africa.

No matter what we believe, life offers us choices and forces and forces to live with the consequences of our decisions. This is amazing eyy!!!! I do wish that the female character was better developed. I take her point, but a novel like this – written by a contemporary of colonialism – makes me more convinced than ever that she’s wrong.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This novel is very written with subtlety, making it a compelling and challenging rea A journal written in Ewondo, the indigenous language of the Maka, translated by its founder into French. May 21, Nambou rated it really liked it. 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.

Cameroun, and its neighbors the anglophone North and South Cameroons, struggled to find a cohesive Cameroonian identity. The engineer hides his lust for Sophie from other Europeans, yet he is jealous of her with other Africans.

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

The Commandant returns from touring, and it is later discovered that he knew about his wife’s affair and returns because of it. While the end did not feel as tightly constructed as the beginning, I think it rightfully deserves inclusion in any postcolonial literature course. Preview — Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono. One of Toundi’s first experiences with M. Its realy awaresome; am a student of literature in kenya moi university n am doing this novel as my field of study; thenks for boosting my knowledge on it; i like how madame is displayed in da text she depicts da ignorance of females; haha sorry for that.


Toundi believes in Catholicism, but as the story progresses he drifts from his beliefs until the end, when he does not believe in God. It also shows the progression of the main character from being “in awe” of the colonizers, and at times feeling different to or separate from other Africans, to his journey of eye-opening and discovery through reflecting on the body language of his masters and the various incidents that occur that wake him up to the realities of how the African is really seen by the colonizeer Moreau orders Mendim to beat up Toundi, but Mendim throws ox’s blood on him to make it look like he is injured.

I kind of understand why it ended the way it did because Toundi was unable to continue the diary, but man I would like to have gotten the last leg of the journey for Toundi.

Waveland Press – Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono (translated by John Reed)

Inasmuch efrdinand he is led like a lamb to the slaughter, Toundi retains his pride until the end. At first, she hides her relationship. Refresh and try again.

Agnes Amero November 6, The author exposes a foreign religion that enticed people especially children into joining Christianity using sugar. Toundi’s innocence gave this novel so much humor. This book is a source of inspiration.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

Brilliant little novel about French exploitation of the Cameroon people. He is feared by most other people but he soon comes to be known as Toundi’s ally.

Yet, I am very glad to have read this story. A great, short read. The initial image that Toundi had of a beautiful French Christian woman is deleted by her actions with the prison warden. View all 3 comments. 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 ferdinqnd appears to be a good position. Fortunately he has a friend who works there named Mendim, who is described as a very muscular man.


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. I feel as if I’ve been in the presence of an underrated African classic. However mendim pours blood huseboy Toundi to simulate injury and spend the lest of the time playing cards. Oyono has really portrayed this in the life of Toundi when he has to be the houseboy of the Commander.

Through clean, razor-sharp prose it places a kind of microscope on Africa during the age of imperialism. Oyono’s writing style is simple and poetic at times, I loved the form through which the story is told- a diary and I particularly loved the way the main chara Colonialism in Cameroon through the eyes of a houseboy.

An interesting novella which captures life under French colonial rule in Cameroon.

I will read the story fredinand. The Madame is no more ignorant than her husband is, or even Toundi is in his affection for her. This site uses cookies. Whether the French believed their lie or not, neither their hearts nor their country would open to include their colonial subjects.

It is at this point Toundi decides to escape to Spanish Guinea. Beginning in the s, he had a long career of service as a diplomat and as a minister in the government, ultimately serving as Minister of Foreign Affairs from to and then as Minister of State for Culture from to