Cameroon / 1956
Toundi is a "houseboy" in colonial Cameroon. This means he works as a servant in the home of French colonial officials. Through his eyes, we gain a nuanced and awe-filled account of what it is like to work for racist whites. Ultimately, Toundi struggles with his identity and the changing cultural tide that the Europeans forcibly ushered into Cameroon. This book is a classic work of African Literature. I read it for a class four years ago. Hearing the story from Toundi's perspective was super interesting and allowed me to understand the psychologically damaging effects of colonialism. A must read!