What We’re Reading: Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono

The cover of Houseboy. Photo from the Writer's Project of Ghana website.

I’m happy to take part in the Writer’s Project of Ghana’s monthly book discussions. It gives me a chance to delve into African literature I would’ve not otherwise come across. Sadly, in the States the extent of knowledge of literature from the continent doesn’t go beyond the required reading of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. If it even goes THAT far.

This month’s pick from WPG is Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono. If you’re looking to read about colonialism from an African perspective, this is a great read. Oyono takes you into a the world of Cameroon under the French.

Reviews of the book include:

“The darkly satirical work skewers French colonial Cameroonian society. It is an essential, accessible text for African literature and postcolonial literature courses.” –Felicity Palmer, Clarkson University

“. . . Mr. Oyono’s sophisticated wit stings like a mosquito and he underwrites his story with real craftsmanship.” –Eve Burgess, Punch

“I’m pleased to see that Waveland is keeping this title in print. Houseboy provides students with a vivid portrayal of the underside of colonialism, tragic to be sure, but also sparkling with moments of wit.” –Robert Daniels, University of North Carolina

Hopefully, Houseboy can be found at your local bookstore. If not, it’s on Amazon, though not yet available on kindle.

If  you want to discuss Houseboy, join the Writer’s Project of Ghana on twitter by using the hashtag #wpghbookclub. You can also take part in the twitter chat about the book on August 22nd, 6:00-7:00PM GMT. That would be 2:00PM EST. Adjust your time accordingly!

The cover of Houseboy. Photo from the Writer's Project of Ghana website.

The cover of Houseboy. Photo from the Writer’s Project of Ghana website.


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One Response to “What We’re Reading: Houseboy by Ferdinand Oyono”

  1. abbanbudu says:

    I was trying to get a copy in Accra, tried some major bookshops. Will have to turn to some online markets.

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