Trevor Noah pens down his journey which is no less than a Roller coaster ride. Gives everyone an insight about his thought process and his viewpoints.
2 months ago
Hilarious and heartwarming book, narrated by Trevor himself. Had no idea this was his upbringing and made me see him in an entirely different way.
3 months ago
I couldn’t put this one down. Trevor Noah is a great storyteller and mixes in very serious topics with the humor he is known for. At the start of each chapter he delves into how apartheid affected every aspect of South African life and what it meant for him as a person of mixed race. I think as outsiders we all know the gist of apartheid, but we don’t really know what the rules were and what repercussions came from it aside from the basics.
Throughout the book, we see how Trevor and his mother have an inseparable and special bond. It’s extremely sweet to see what she did for her family and the sacrifices she made. His mother was definitely a hard ass, but everything she did was out of love, and you can really feel that as you read through the pages.
One thing I wish he talked about more was his career. The main focus of this book was his upbringing, which made for great stories and insight, but I would have loved to see how he got into comedy and eventually landed his own show.
Not really sure why this needed to be a story told, most if not all the things in this book are just from hilarious children's pov and not thought provoking... but it is funny.
10 months ago
Love this guy, and much more now after reading this book- what an incredible life he led in S. Africa during Apartheid- the book really takes you there yourself, and it was so much worse than we heard about. He overcame huge odds but you have to read it to believe it.
Markus Marañon Straarup
12 months ago
Fantastic biography! It expertly mixes humour with very serious topics. I had no idea what Trevor Noah had gone through growing up.
I almost feel like there could be sequel that explains how he conquered hollywood - I bet there are some funny stories...
Morten Veith Schroeder
1 year ago
Incredible biography that I got through in just 2 weeks. I had no idea what an absolutely crazy life Trevor Noah had. The book has this uncanny ability to shed light on extremely tough subjects like racism, domestic violence, poverty, social class, etc. and at the same time be really, really funny. I learned a lot about Apartheid in South Africa and also what it was like growing up colored in South Africa (In the book colored is used to mean mix of Black and White). Trevor Noah's discussion of how he always struggled to 'fit in' is really interesting! Only critique (and hence the 9 and not the 10) is that I was left wanting more in the end, and it felt slightly unfinished. He never actually discusses how we went from poor to famous, and I missed that part in the end. Highly recommend to anyone!
Do yourself a favor and listen to it on Audible! It is narrated by Trevor himself in his beautiful South African accent and he speaks a lot of African languages too so his impersonation of different characters is AMAZING - especially his mom ❤️
2 years ago
Incredible book. Each chapter has a deeper point about (post) Apartheid, told through funny (and at times sad) stories from his life.
Amazing perspective on society. Everyone should read this book
Not finished, but love it so far.