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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Open Preview See a Problem? It becomes very clear that the events that go on in the house are jouseboy important to Toundi than his own life.

Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy

Want to Read saving…. He is arrested and fereinand for a crime he did not commit. It may take a while. It is an easy read that exposes the absurdities and brutalities of colonizers in Africa and the world Europeans created for themselves in Africa almost cocooned.

Oyono uses two major themes to develop his story: I didn’t care for Oyono’s terse, abrupt and staccato prose. In part 2 however the Commandant’s beautiful wife arrives and the consequences for Toundi prove to be dire as he serves both his master and the expectations of how a native can behave.

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

When the priest dies, Toundi becomes the “boy” of the town’s French commandant. The Madame is one of the stronger characters in the novel, in fact. My take on this work is that Oyono has successfully expose to us the rigorous experience of Africans with the White men. Naa Takia rated it really liked it.

This is a great work done, Graham. 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 hoiseboy Minister of State for Culture from to Tragedy ensues when the commandant and his vain wife oylno to “dispose” of Toundi when they think he knows too many of their secrets. The African boy Toundi, he keeps a diary and events that had occurred in his life in what the author calls an exercise book.

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This widespread belief reveals the inherent racism underlying the entire imperial enterprise. The rest of the book is houdeboy diary. Ferdinand Oyono crafts a novel about the oppression black people go through in the hands of the white colonialist.

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It is also an indictment of the lie behind the policy of assimilation — learn to speak French and ape our manners and we will welcome you as Frenchmen — as almost every French person shudders at the thought of that actually happening.

All Africans were forced into labor land taken away from them as the Europeans took out was economically valuable in Africa. User Review – Fedrinand as inappropriate Ferdinand Oyono has frdinand done houseoy great work with this fictional work. Whether the French believed their lie or not, neither their hearts nor their country would open to include their colonial subjects.

There are still similar issues, but we cannot assume they arise from the same causes. This site uses cookies. I like to read stuff and to think about stuff and to fix stuff.

The opening chapter finds the narrator hearing news of a man dying in a local village, when he investigates he finds the man and the narrator is by his side as he diesit is evident the dying man has been the victim of a violent attack.

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. This book was originally published inwhen Cameroon was still a French colony, and no doubt caused a stir at the time and has historical value for that reason.


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The berlin conference of was the machinery behind the African continent division. Or he casually trod on my foot as I was doing up his shoelaces.

Toundi said “a dog of a king is the king of all dogs Throughout the novel, Oyono emphasizes the importance of dress, names, and dialect. This novel is fabulous it strengthens ones inner being Reply.

Through clean, razor-sharp prose it places a kind of microscope on Africa during the age of imperialism. What overall theme did I miss? You are derdinand using your Twitter account. There are a lot of reasons to like books. The engineer hides his lust for Sophie from other Europeans, yet he is jealous of her with other Africans.

Europeans are outwardly superior and civilized, Africans are outwardly subservient and stupid. Dialect is another important factor of African identity. My Mom forced me to read this back when I was You know, just another day in the life of a houseboy. Robertson ferdinznd, Iris Berger Oyoho view – To ask other readers questions about Houseboyplease sign up.

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