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.” Toundi’s attempt to fulfil a dream of advancement and improvement opens his eyes to troubling realities.
Gradually, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles with his identity, his place in society, and the changing culture. Houseboy is a novel in the form of a diary written by Ferdinand Oyono, first published in 1956 in French as Une vie de boy (Paris: René Julliard) and translated into English in 1966 by John Reed for Heinemann's African Writers Series.
|Print length||122 pages|
|Publisher||Heinemann Educational Books|
|Publication date||August 15th, 1991|
|Dimensions||5.5 x 0.25 x 8 inches|