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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (2016)

de Trevor Noah

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYMichiko Kakutani, New York Times - Newsday - Esquire - NPR - BooklistTrevor Noah's 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 Africa's 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 man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.The stories 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 mother's unconventional, unconditional love.Praise for Born a Crime " A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, Trevor Noah's] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author's remarkable mother."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times" An] unforgettable memoir."--Parade "What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her--and an enormous gift to the rest of us."--USA Today" Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar."--People… (mais)
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If you are a fan of Trevor Noah on the Daily show, this book will interest you! This book tells the story of Trevor’s years of growing up, and the affects that post-apartheid had on his family. It will have you laugh out loud when hearing of how much of a sh!t-disturber he was, always challenging the norm and getting in trouble from it, but it will also have you sad and angry on the extreme poverty that existed and how difficult it was to be a person of colour be able to succeed in these conditions that did everything it could to push you down. Definitely a recommended read for those familiar with who Trevor Noah is and his brutally honest humour. Enjoy! :) ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
Effortlessly charming. This book dodges the mistake of trying too hard to make some profound reflection on Apartheid and instead shows us its effects through the eyes of a restless young boy whose natural inclinations test its limits. Noah’s indomitable mother Patricia kept the stories grounded in a no nonsense practicality that kept his humor from ever devolving into the glib. I am in as much awe of Patricia as I’m sure Noah is and intended his readers to be. Funny and poignant at all the right times. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
Life in South Africa from the end of apartheid to approximately now written by a man who makes his living with words. Definitely worth time and money spent. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
Wow! ( )
  Ibrahim_Obalola | Apr 15, 2021 |
Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
Audio performance by Trevor Noah
5 stars

I owned this audiobook for some time, but I always put off listening to it. I like Trevor Noah, although my exposure to him is only from the occasional online clip from The Daily Show. I don’t watch much television, but I’ve enjoyed his satirical political commentary. I just didn’t think I could take 8 hours of listening to it.

The book is so much more than a series of one-liners. There’s plenty of humor. He’s good at taking a poke at his younger self. He’s very funny when he discusses his religious training with his evangelical mother. This is very much a coming of age memoir.

The book is constructed as a series of anecdotes. He’s got a lot of good stories to tell. They’re entertaining, but they are all tied together with an underlying message. The scars of apartheid did not disappear when Nelson Mandella walked out of the prison. Systemic racism does not simply go away. He was so very clear, so intelligent and concise. The problems are far from simple, but drawing on his own experience, Noah puts an understandable spotlight on the complex knots.

In many ways the book is also a tribute to his mother. What an incredible woman! Earlier this year, I read Natasha Tretheway’s memoir about her mother’s murder. These two stories of racism and domestic abuse were depressingly similar. I was amazed and relieved that Trevor Noah’s mother survived her attacker. ( )
  msjudy | Apr 1, 2021 |
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYMichiko Kakutani, New York Times - Newsday - Esquire - NPR - BooklistTrevor Noah's 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 Africa's 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 man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.The stories 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 mother's unconventional, unconditional love.Praise for Born a Crime " A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, Trevor Noah's] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author's remarkable mother."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times" An] unforgettable memoir."--Parade "What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her--and an enormous gift to the rest of us."--USA Today" Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar."--People

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