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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Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

Houseboy has some really witty lines, but the story is quite sad and touching. So, fuck it, instead I’m going to give you a list of obscure foreign to me books, mostly in translation and hard to find outside of a university library, that I did enjoy and find entertaining. You know, just another day in the life of a houseboy. The story is told well but the ending is pretty abrupt.

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I feel as if I’ve been in the presence of an underrated African classic. Be careful not to judge the past by the present. This site uses cookies. Abdallah weosonga May 31, Or are you ooyono man? You are commenting using your Twitter account. They need to answer that question due to the fact just their can do which.

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The scene when he is describing to the cook what he has found under the wife’s bed particularly amusing. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The rest of the story consists of the diary exercise book that the Frenchman is supposedly reading. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Toundi describe himself as a decadent of cannibals which is very inhuman however this is situational irony since the French are the once who show inhuman traits by housboy Africans inhumanly.

I liked how easy going the guy was, no whining here.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

He is diagnosed of a blocked rib, which he had incurred from a beating he received in the hands of the white man in prison. To view it, click here. I’m not going to pretend that I have extensive historical knowledge of the colonization of Cameroon, but for those with an ferxinand in postcolonial literature, this should be on your “must read” list.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The Madame is one of the stronger characters in the novel, in fact. He is arrested and tortured for a crime he did not commit.

Mustapha Aminu Muhammad November 22, He realizes the true value of his skin color. A shudder ran through me at the touch of her hand Cameroonian novelist and diplomat, Oyono, was visiting Guinea during the time it was the colony Spanish Guineawhen he came across one of his countrymen.


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. How could he respect a man who acted without dignity?

This detailed plot has been very essential to me, id failed to understand how French assimilation came into the picture,but now I figure t Reply. Though he was advised to flee by Hokseboy the reader screaming internally at Toundi, begging him to depart— he remains. Akafia Sammy January 17, I do wish that the female character jouseboy better developed.

However, it falls in the trap that most analysis of African literature falls in: While the end did not feel as tightly constructed as the beginning, I think it rightfully deserves inclusion in any postcolonial literature course.

Pay close attention to notions of propriety, whiteness, violence, sight and knowledge, and secret forms of resistance through music, feigning understanding, feigning incomprehension, etc.

The above analysis is skillfully written, quite detailed and i must say very useful for for anyone interested in learning more about the novel.

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