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Born a Crime

2016 . Biography & Autobiography, Nonfiction, Self Help . Trevor Noah

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About the book

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The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Trevor 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 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 mother's unconventional, unconditional love.

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Publisher:

Doubleday Canada

Pages:

304

ISBN:

0385689225 (ISBN13: 9780385689229)

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Reviews

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Abhi Raul

1 month ago

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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.

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Annie Spencer image

2 months ago

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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.

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Caroline Lasorsa image

3 months ago

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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.

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Dalia G

4 months ago

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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.

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Melissa Sturgis

10 months ago

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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.

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Markus Marañon Straarup image

12 months ago

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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...

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Morten Veith Schroeder image

1 year ago

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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 ❤️

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Nicklas Kongsgaard

2 years ago

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Incredible book. Each chapter has a deeper point about (post) Apartheid, told through funny (and at times sad) stories from his life.

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New York Times Best Sellers image

10 months ago

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A memoir about growing up biracial in apartheid South Africa by the host of “The Daily Show.”

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Maria Claudia Llamas

10 months ago

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This is a must read!!! This book will never get old, such an incredible story.

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Rohan Dash

11 months ago

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Amazing perspective on society. Everyone should read this book

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Tariro Mutangadura

3 weeks ago

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Hilarious

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Laura Adams

3 months ago

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Uck

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Lauren Carter

1 year ago

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Not finished, but love it so far.

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