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TitleBorn a Crime
AuthorTrevor Noah
ISBN0385689225
ImprintTrevor Noah Ltd
Rating
Sales rank4.5
LanguageEnglish
FormatHardcover
Pages304

Description

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.Source penguinrandomhouse.ca

Reviews

Emily May

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

This was fantastic.Born a Crime, at over six months, is the longest library hold I ve ever waited for Normally, if I hadn t already lost interest by that point, I d just break down and buy it, but I m generally not a big memoir reader, so I was reluctant to spend money on a book I wasn t sure would ... (Sign in to see more)


Larry H

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

I d rate this 4.5 stars.I was really surprised when Trevor Noah was named Jon Stewart s successor on The Daily Show I inherently knew that they wouldn t pick someone with a sense of humor and style identical to Stewart s, but I felt that Noah was so different that his selection meant the show... (Sign in to see more)


Petra X

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

These stories, beautifully written, are set in a world quite like our own but at the same time utterly different Maybe through a glass darkly Who goes to church three times on Sunday to Black, White and Coloured ones Who goes to jail for not stealing a car rather than face the wrath of his mother Wh... (Sign in to see more)


Maxwell

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

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 ... (Sign in to see more)


Nat

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

Before I start my review, I want to take a minute to praise Trevor Noah s stand up shows because they re one of the few that don t rely on being ignorant His shows are one of the enlighten ones focusing on race, white privilege, police brutality, hate speech, prejudice, and so much .I d highly recom... (Sign in to see more)


Elyse

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

An audiobook treasure Trevor is a likable A charming guy Listening to him speak is almost magnetic Being thrown out of a car By his own mother OUCH Trevor had my attention in the palm of his hands The ongoing ongoing and ONGOING.dramatic stories Trevor shares about his childhood were life lesson bui... (Sign in to see more)


Jennifer Masterson

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

Five HUGE Stars for Trevor Noah s book Believe the hype I absolutely loved it I listened to the audio Trevor narrates his stories of growing up in South Africa I highly recommend the audio version He made this book come to life with his narration This would actually make a good first listen.I just b... (Sign in to see more)


Margitte

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

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... (Sign in to see more)


Book Riot Community

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

I m joining the club of other Rioters who have read and loved this one Something you should know about me memoirs are NOT my jam I can count on one hand the memoirs I ve read and enjoyed, so I was honestly shocked by how much I loved reading Born a Crime Noah can tell a story like nobody s business,... (Sign in to see more)


paulie

Born a Crime By Trevor Noah

4.477 stars for a book that has so much humour in it, humour in times where things were anything but funny, the last twelve pages broke me i m still broken as i m writing this i will put it in a spoiler so as to not ruin the experience if you choose view spoiler trevor s mom was shot in the f... (Sign in to see more)


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