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Soon after Madame arrives the Commandant leaves to go on tour again. She begins an affair with M. The doctor finds out that Toundi’s ribs are broken and have punctured his bronchi. While the Commandant was still on vvie, it becomes obvious that she is bored with her life. Moreau has left, Toundi escapes the hospital and heads to Spanish Guinea, where he was first introduced in the beginning of the novel. He rejects his father’s offer and after this point no longer acknowledges his birth parents.

Father Gilbert teaches Toundi to read and write, and about Catholicism. Toundi serves as houseboy for the Commandant. Toundi is held in a hut near the police headquarters. When the Commandant returns, she is portrayed as a ruthless woman.

Father Gilbert dies in a motorcycle accident a few months after meeting Toundi. Toundi is left with Madame to take care of the house. The Second Exercise book The Commandant returns from touring, and it is later discovered that he knew about his wife’s affair and returns because of it.

Books with missing cover. Houseboy is a novel in the form of a diary written by Ferdinand Oyonofirst published in by in French as Une vie de boy Paris: One of Toundi’s first experiences with M.

Une Vie De Boy by Oyono, Ferdinand

As time goes on, Madame becomes more and more hostile and disrespectful towards Toundi. He is feared by most other people but he soon comes to be known as Toundi’s ally. Retrieved from ” https: Toundi believes in Catholicism, but as the story progresses he drifts from his beliefs until the end, voe he does not believe in God.


Views Read Edit View history. While Toundi is still at the hospital, in a dazed state, M.

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The novel starts in Spanish Guinea with a Frenchman on vacation, who finds a man named Toundi, who has been injured and soon dies.

She initially is a warm and caring woman, who is very beautiful. Toundi is eventually taken to live with the Commandant, the man in charge of the surrounding colony. Moreau orders Mendim to beat up Toundi, but Mendim fegdinand ox’s blood on him to make it look like he is injured.

The Frenchman finds his diary, which is called an “exercise book” by Toundi.

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Fortunately he has a friend who works there named Mendim, who is described as a very muscular man. Toundi becomes sick and Mendim takes him to the hospital. It becomes very clear that the events that go on in the house are more important to Toundi than his own life. From Wikipedia, the free fredinand. Toundi treats Father Gilbert as his new father.

They spend the rest of the day playing cards.

She catches the eye of almost every man in town, much to the Commandant’s dismay. There is no further discussion of the Frenchman after this unr. This page was last edited on 8 Mayat Exploring translator identity and translation strategies”Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics PlusVol.

The Commandant returns from touring, and it is later discovered that he knew about his wife’s affair and returns because of it. Madame becomes very disrespectful towards Toundi, partly because she does not like being there any more, but mostly because she knows that he knew about her affair.


About six months after Toundi comes to live with the Commandant, Madame, the Commandant’s wife, arrives from France. His father comes back for him, telling Toundi that everything will be all right if he comes back. The first “exercise book” starts with By living with his family. They have to wait a very long time to see a doctor because the black doctor is the only doctor there, the other white doctor having been promoted to captain.

His father beats him constantly, and one day Toundi runs away from home to the ferdinanr of Father Gilbert, a priest who lives nearby. He is taken to prison, where he is tortured into confessing to a crime he has not committed. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sophie, the lover of the water engineer, is accused of stealing his workers’ salaries with the help of Toundi.

Moreau is perceived to be ruthless against the Africans. The Commandant has a terrible argument with her, but after a few days they are getting along again. The rest of the story consists of the diary exercise book that the Frenchman is supposedly reading.

Moreau returns with the white doctor and talks about punishing Toundi some more. Moreau was him whipping oyoo other Africans nearly to death. Moreau, the man in charge of the prison.