Houseboy

Houseboy

Literary fiction · Bookworld
Toundi Ondoua, the rural African protagonist of Houseboy, encounters a world of prisms that cast beautiful but unobtainable glimmers, especially for 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.
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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.

AuthorFerdinand Oyono
Print length122 pages
LanguageEnglish
PublisherHeinemann Educational Books
Publication dateAugust 15th, 1991
Dimensions5.5 x 0.25 x 8 inches
ISBN-100435905325
ISBN-139780435905323

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