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Houseboy (African Writers)
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Seemingly innocuous on the surface, the story is derived from the diary and observations of a rural African boy named Toundi Ondoua during the pre-independence period from the colonial and missionary occupation of Cameroon. The tale of a young man growing up during this historical timeframe is meant to be systemic of Africans in general, as they too struggle with the impact of colonialism on their identity, society and culture.
In conclusion, Toundi's story is ironic and tragic as he gives up his traditional identity and is inevitably drawn into the web of servitude, standing transfixed as his fate and ultimate demise approaches. Toundi's fragile self-esteem and idealistic preconceptions about the Europeans begin to flake and peel like paint from an ancient fula fula (taxi).. Toundi realizes in the end that he belongs not to the world of his village nor to the one of the whites, but is caught in the groundswell of those Africans whose fate became inextricably tied to that of the colonialists and the changing world. Toundi inquires on his deathbed...."Brother, what are we? What are we blackmen who are called French?"
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This is a remarkable book illustrates the brutallity of colonialism. I found it very affecting and a non-stop read.Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
This ebook was only downloadable to my netbook, not to my new Kindle paperwhite. I got a message saying it was incompatible with the Kindle.Published on March 21, 2014 by Ernie
Bought the book Monday night, got it here by Friday. Incredible fast shipping and much appreciated! Thanks!Published on September 10, 2010 by trex1603
This book is an educational read that gives you a look at how a Houseboy perceives his world.
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"Houseboy" is a stimulating story of life in Arica. It carries you to heights and depths of emotion as the story unveils. It is brief but thorough and easy reading. Read morePublished on February 23, 2008 by Betty R. Jackson