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Toundi Ondoua, the agricultural African protagonist of Houseboy, encounters an international of prisms that forged appealing yet unobtainable glimmers, specifically for a black early life in colonial Cameroon. Houseboy, written within the kind of Toundi's attractive diary and translated from the unique French, discloses his awe of the white international and an online of unpredictable stories. Early on, he escapes his father's indignant blows by way of looking asylum together with his benefactor, the neighborhood eu priest who meets an premature demise. Toundi then turns into "the leader European's 'boy'--the puppy of the King." Toundi's try and satisfy a dream of development and development opens his eyes to troubling realities. steadily, preconceptions of the Europeans come crashing down on him as he struggles along with his id, his position in society, and the altering culture.

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