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Prasun category. Home Houseboy By Ferdinand Oyono. Total Price:. Add to Cart Print. Description Reviews 0 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. Houseboy , written in the form of Toundi's captivating diary and translated from the original French, discloses his awe of the white world and a web of unpredictable experiences.
Early on, he escapes his father's angry blows by seeking asylum with his benefactor, the local European priest who meets an untimely death. Toundi then becomes "the Chief European's 'boy'--the dog of the King. Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture.
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The story begins in Spanish —speaking Guinea, where Toundi, sick and injured, is dying. When he dies, he leaves behind a diary, comprising two worn exercise books, which are later picked up by a stranger. As a young boy, Toundi is fascinated by the white man and his things. He runs away from home, and ends up in the house of a priest, Father Gilbert, who he now treats as his father. He becomes a Christian, and is baptized Joseph. Though his father begs him to return home, Toundi refuses. His dreams of advancement in studies end tragically when Father Gilbert dies in a motor cycle accident.
Post a Comment. Wednesday, October 24, Ferdinand Oyono's Houseboy. It was terrible. I thought of all the priests, all the pastors, all the white men, who come to save our souls and preach love of our neighbors. Who can go on believing the stuff we are served up in the churches when things happen like I saw today The protagonist, Toundi, dies but leaves a diary telling his life story, which is discovered by a Frenchman who then translate it into French, framing the novel.
Houseboy (by Ferdinand Oyono)
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