The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one mans coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.Trevor Noahs unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africas tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young mans relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious motherhis teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.The eighteen personal essays collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mothers unconventional, unconditional love.Source: penguinrandomhouse.ca...
|Title||:||Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood|
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Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood Reviews
Once again, I decided to read something from the non-fiction/biography genres. Partly because I adore Trevor Noah as a person. Partly because I love Trevor Noah's voice & appreciate when authors tell their own stories, both fictional and non-fictional. & Partly because I want to try and get more comfortable with reads like this that are outside of my normal realm.
In this Trevor tells many stories from his childhood in South Africa. He is funny, well-spoken, and insightful as he discusse ...more
The only thing I knew about Trevor Noah prior to this audiobook was his status as host of The Daily Show, a show that I don't watch.
Also, celebrity autobiographies: not really my thing (barring the odd exception).
But that title demands curiosity: how can someone be born a crime? So, I picked up the book in a bookstore, read the dust jacket, and thought Hey, this seems like it might be good. I then put the book down and promptly forgot about the whole thing.
Of course, then I began to see it p ...more
I was lucky to see Trevor Noah speak about this book recently, and the way he talked about his story, and his life growing up in South Africa made me all the more eager to read it! The book is a cohesive collection of stories from his childhood and early adulthood, and though I am not typically a reader of much non-fiction, I found this book truly compelling and hard to put down!
Noah has a way of really drawing you in, and making you feel as though you are there with him, experiencing his memori ...more
If you're going to read this book, definitely listen to the audio version. Trevor Noah is one of the most effortless narrators I've ever listened to. It genuinely feels like he is sitting down with you and telling you his life story. Not only that, but you get to learn quite a bit about pre- and post-Apartheid South Africa from the perspective of someone who hypothetically shouldn't exist. Noah's mother is black and his father is white, and when he was born any mixed-race relationships were ille ...more
An amazing story of a young man and his mother who went around the block a few times and beat the odds.
Despite a few inaccuracies in his tale, it remains a well-told story that kept me reading and reading until the very end. Trevor Noah has that intelligent kindness like an astral light around him. He has that look of wisdom and experience in his eyes which allow people to like and want to listen to him. He is a gentle soul. I guess he can thank his mom for that. She was on his case, saving his ...more
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I consider myself an unofficial expert on celebrity memoirs. I haven't read all of them (although I would like to - even the stupid ones, because I am incredibly nosy and devour celebrity gossip the way other people devour Dorritos or fake news), but I've read a fair amount, and they usually follow a typical narrative arc. In BORN A CRIME, Trevor Noah takes that arc, flattens it out, and beats you over the head with it.
I love Trevor Noah. I ...more
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟/5 (for the audiobook)
First, I must shout out my "Fairy" Godmother. Because of her, I lost my audiobook virginity to Trevor Noah. (That's a lot to admit to). She sent me a copy of the book promising that I would fall in love with it. 💘 She was soooo right. Second, my loving husband took the kids for an outing and gave me most of the afternoon and evening to enjoy this audio experience undisturbed. 🤗Third, my oldest helped with getting the book downloaded and set. She even let me use her...more
I became a chameleon. My color didn't change, but I could change your perception of my color.
I really wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Imagine being born from a black mother and a white father in a country where interracial relationships were against the law. This would mean that because you are colored you could not be seen with both of your parents (or they with each other) or stay in the same area as them. I think I learned more about apartheid, as well ...more