will only answer yes or no; he pushes me away firmly when I try to touch his smooth black skin.
Thirteen year old Ugwu, a poor houseboy
from a remote Nigerian village, is forced to fight and survive in the Biafran army.
Character actor Henry Silva plays a supporting role in The Manchurian Candidate, first as a Korean double agent who lures the soldiers toward their capture and later as the houseboy
who monitors the assassin.
Akkad easily assimilated into university life, but struggled financially and earned his board by working as a houseboy
in a Beverly Hills mansion.
But what of the southern gentleman wanting to enjoy a cold mint julep on his veranda, or an English viceroy drinking a brandy "peg" while being fanned by a Hindu houseboy
in the sweltering heat of Calcutta?
Mostly, though, we learn of the war, the colonial history of its origins, and the national politics that fueled it, through the lives of Adichie's characters: Olanna, selfless, educated, wealthy, and fresh back home from London; Odenigbo, her idealist academic "revolutionary lover"; their houseboy
(servant) Ugwu; Olanna's hard-as-nails twin sister Kainene, and her insecure white British lover.
This horrific story, defined by violence, ethnic strife, and power politics, is told from the perspectives of three individuals: 13-year-old Ugwu, an intelligent Igbo houseboy
from a poor village who works for a revolutionary-minded professor, Odenigbo; Olanna, Odenigbo's beautiful lover from a wealthy, educated Igbo family; and Richard, an idealistic young Englishman who takes up with Kainene, Olanna's enigmatic twin sister.
While a houseboy
to the family, Ramon witnessed Che's execution and burial, with another strand showing how this has affected him, particularly in his relationship with a French journalist, Jean (Jonatan Stern), there to cover the exhumation of Che's bones.
I now add Baffour's Beefs as supplement teaching material for my Literature students, alongside books like Cry the Beloved Country, Houseboy
, and even Blair (Eric Arthur, aka George Orwell's) Animal Farm.
Even when she was a simple country girl singing and playing guitar with Porter Wagoner, she looked vaguely like a Fire Island houseboy
with a stuffed bra.
I was travelling through America and I was asked if I would like to be a houseboy
for these people who in return would show me around the area.
No wonder the prevalent figure of the Filipino houseboy
becomes the source of masculine anxiety, family crisis and queer metaphor for actor and performance artist Nicky Paraiso (in photo), who sings, embodies and ruminates on the legacies of three Filipino helps in his lovely, bittersweet memoir.