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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As one of the founders of the negritude movement, Oyono deserves props for being one of the early writers of the colonial experience, from a native perspective. However, it falls in the trap that most analysis of African literature falls in: I am tired of writing those reviews and you all are tired of reading them.
Waveland Press – Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono (translated by John Reed)
Christianity and sexuality act as gerdinand most important agents of European colonial society in his short but powerful novel. A shudder ran through me at the touch of her hand 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.
I really enjoyed the novel and I had a hluseboy of fun spending some time getting into the thick of it. 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.
Brilliant little novel about French exploitation of the Cameroon people.
Critical Analysis — Ferdinand Oyono’s Houseboy
Oyono uses two major themes to develop his story: You did an amazing job here! There are a lot of reasons to like books.
This is evident in the events that occur immediately after father gilbert. This is amazing eyy!!!! Jul 17, Henry Ozogula rated it it was amazing. Houseboythe story of an African man who from a young age served white colonizers in his native Cameroun, depicts the plight of Africans who suffered brutality and subjugation under the boot of colonial authority.
Eh, I could give some analysis of this book, the simple and abrupt writing style at least in translationthe story that focuses on the day-to-day activities of the white employers more so than the narrator’s inner life or feelings, but it boils down to another “this book has some academic value, but otherwise isn’t likely to be of much interest unless you’re from the area” review.
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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. His humor never fades.
The book captured my attention in the beginning, but then lost my attention midway. When her thinly veiled secret is out, known seemingly to every African in town, rather than breaking off her relationship with the director, she becomes rancorous towards her servants, finding fault in all that they do and projecting her fallibilities onto them for their knowledge of her secret.
It is a beautiful soul stirring piece that captures colonial Africa in its real form. You are commenting using your WordPress. Toundi kyono 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 treating Africans inhumanly. I do wish that the female character was better developed.
Houseboy – Ferdinand Oyono – Google Books
Apalowo Josiah Adewale apalowojosiah gmail. At first, she hides her relationship. The African boy Toundi, he keeps a diary and events that had occurred in his life in what the author calls an exercise book. There is no further discussion of the Frenchman after this point.
When Toundi sees the Commandant in the shower and realizes his master has not been circumcised— an important element in becoming a man in his Cameroonian tradition— he feels a pang of embarrassment.
Be careful not to judge the past by the present. I appreciate your feedback. In addition fr gilbert shows oyonl off to other white men about his abilities as if showing of something bought and expensive such as a watch, car or even a pet.
Asiimwe Edgar July 1, Books by Ferdinand Oyono.
Moreau orders that Toundi be beaten, not because he had sinned but because he knew of his affair with Madame. Bujra Snippet view –