Wednesday, 24 January 2018

BORN A CRIME - by Trevor Noah

BORN A CRIME AND OTHER STORIES - Trevor Noah
Published: 2016 - Pan Mamcillan
Pages: 342.
Genres: Nonfiction / memoir / autobiography
Triggers/Content Advisory: Mature themes / bad language
Format: Paperback.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.
Trevor Noah’s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show in New York 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. 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 his 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 being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping or simply trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty.

As a South African and Trevor Noah fan, I was so excited to read this book. I'd heard amazing things about it.


I love Noah's writing style. He simply and frankly says what he thinks. It's easy to read, and every now and then you'll find yourself smiling at his dry humour and wit.
The story is incredibly entertaining. It's fast paced with a variety of equally shocking and hilarious experiences, and Noah is a superb storyteller. I loved reading about his life, although a number of his stories saddened me, as well; not every tale is cheerful and lighthearted.
But I love the warmth and hope coursing throughout his story. Some of Noah's experiences are downright horrifying and tragic, but without making light of those experiences, he somehow manages to uplift and entertain you at the same time. It's not a gloomy book - it's an uplifting one. I like that.




Born A Crime and other stories is an entertaining melting pot of eccentricity and unfailing hope. Noah's warm writing style makes the book easy to read, but while I found his stories interesting and fun, there wasn't much else I got from the book. 

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