The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving listeners a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.
Noah was born a crime, son of 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 first 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, take him away.
A collection of 18 personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother - a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.
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, Noah illuminates his curious world with incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up.
Born a Crime is a must-listen.
©2016 Trevor Noah (P)2016 Audible Ltd.
I really can't fault this book. Noah writes well and reads even better. Great insight into South Africa during and post-Apartheid. Recommended
This book brings back a lot of memories for me growing up in South Africa. I was one of Trevor's friends in high school, in fact I'm the person who he mentions helped start his pirated cd business but to hear about his life from the "other side", growing up as a poor black South African under such trying conditions really brings your own life in to perspective. The Trevor I knew and the front he put on was miles away from how his life really was. Although parts of it do seem to have a slight bit of creative license - at least the bits I am aware of - it is a still fantastic story about a incredibly talented and determined individual who has risen to where he is today because of his mother and her determination to make him a man. Just listen to it, you will not be disappointed.
If u wondered how a young migrant get on the most influential TV shows in US, well, don't. He is deserving of better.
All i can say is "MA Shaa Allah"
Honestly, I skipped some chapters and was grateful that audio would allow me to do this. Perhaps I had different expectations. Normally I enjoy Noah's down to earth satire and scepticism and the way he matter of factly, relates SA stories, making fun of idiosyncrasies attached to different races.
This book has very little humour but instead Noah narrates his life story, sometimes quite childishly e.g the story of his two dogs, Pink Panther and "not Spotty". Although his recollection of life in SA are correct and might be interesting for non SA readers, I was bored.
Trevor describes a difficult childhood that shapes him into the person that he is today. The story is about the challenges he faced as a child, growing up in poverty with his mother, living with an abusive step-father and trying to figure out who he was in a wolrd where he didn't fit in. You'll find yourself laughing in most chapters and crying in others.
The story gives a real insight into life in South Africa pre & post-apartheid. This could easily be recommended to teens if a few paragraphs were removed. Trevor talks candidly about the people that influenced his life. He does a brilliant job of describing each character's personality, giving a real insight into who they were, why they did certain things and why the characters (including himself) continued in behaviours that could often be seen as irrational.
The performance was very emotive and in some places, you could almost imagine that there were other characters speaking. Trevor is fluent in many languages and does a great job with the various accents including a child-like and uncertain voice that he uses to reflect his early teenage years - the voice is mischievous, a little bit spoilt and is nothing but trouble!
The final chapter is particularly moving. Trevor story shows him as a very brave child and teenager - always looking for trouble and dealing with the consequences later. In the final couple of chapters you see a grown-up more vulnerable side to him.
Loved it from start to finish. beautifully narrated by Trevor himself with different voices and accents for the different characters. great story
"So emotional. Made me laugh and cry."
I wish I could go back in time and read this book for the first time over and over.
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