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Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood

byTrevor Noah

Hardcover | November 15, 2016

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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.
TREVOR NOAH is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show. He first joined the show as a contributor in 2014 and succeeded Jon Stewart as host in 2015. While The Daily Show has introduced Noah to an American audience, he's long been a popular comedian around the globe. Born in South Africa to a black South African m...
Title:Born A Crime: Stories From A South African ChildhoodFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:304 pages, 9.5 × 6.34 × 0.99 inShipping dimensions:9.5 × 6.34 × 0.99 inPublished:November 15, 2016Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cracking good book! Just a great book that has so much heart and humour! It focuses on Trevor's life before the comedy big time and is a real page turner. The setting, the family and friends and the reality of growing up in apartheid make this a must read.
Date published: 2019-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tugs At All The Heart Strings! **HIGHLY Recommended On Audio Book! I'm not the biggest audiobook fan. I tend to lose focus on them quite easily. Stories being told aren't exactly like throwing on your favourite tune, and listening without having to pay much pay attention. So while I'll throw on an audiobook on occasion, I find it can be sometimes hard to stay intrigued while listening to someone else read you the words on a page. However, Trevor has a way of captivating you when he speaks. His mannerism, his expressions, his voice- he brings the story to life in a way that would not be possible in any other format.** I have to start by praising Trevor Noah as a comedian first and foremost. I was fortunate enough to have seen him live in January, and he truly is remarkable, even live. Now, the reason I start by mentioning his Stand Up comedy, is simply because his comedy does tend to bring into focus things such as race, white-privilege, police brutality, prejudice, and of course - ultimately, being born and raised as a crime. So if you're not familiar with Trevor, I’d highly recommend sitting back and watching some of his hilarious showcases before reading this incredible memoir. I'm an avid follower and supporter of of his as a comedian as well as the host of The Daily Show. So the second I found out he was releasing a book, I immediately added it to my TBR pile...but never got around to it. Non-fiction for me can be very difficult to get into, so more often than not, no matter how much I want to read one, I constantly put it off, and then am bewildered by how I could have done so for so long after finishing and loving it! This one, was absolutely no exception. Whatsoever. Born a Crime literally pulled on every emotional string in my mind, body and soul. I was left completely mesmerized, astonished and at a loss for words. Trevor Noah takes us on a journey from his childhood in apartheid South Africa. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when a mixed relationship was a punishable offence, Trevor was bound by struggles and hardships that were frequented during this time in South Africa, but very much unknown in other parts of the world. This memoir 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 legally meant to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother: his "teammate" as he calls her, a woman determined to protect her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life as well. While I have to give praise to Trevor for everything that he has endured, his mother, Patricia deserves a lot of high end praise as well. This woman is the definition of a bad ass! A strong woman in every sense of the word, an extremely independent powerhouse, and an absolute warrior! So many things that Trevor spoke about her; things that she said, things that she'd done, ended up resinating with me. I admire her courage, and her strength, and her fierce outlook on life.If there's one thing to take away when it comes to Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah, is that she will stop at nothing for her family's sake and well being, while never losing site of who she is, what she wants, and what she is capable of. And all the while, making sure that the crown sitting atop her head is never needing to be adjusted! (If I'm honest, I don't think I could have read a better feminist character in honour of International Women's Day this month!) Trevor has certainly had his fair share of hardship while growing up, and every single situation he endured were life lesson building blocks which he utilized to rise to where he is today. He has used every life experience to his advantage- and that all on its own is incredibly extraordinary! Poverty, abuse, Religious upbringing, chaotic living conditions, a powerhouse one-of-kind mother - Trevor is a thriving survivor! He had me laughing, had me crying and even had me getting angry on his behalf. Slowly but surely, I came to admire Trevor Noah's character and honesty more and more as the story went on. This an emotional roller coaster behind tears of both joy and sadness, all in his very own comedic way. Highly recommended to everyone looking for an incredibly moving true story!
Date published: 2019-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good read "Born a Crime" is the story of "The Daily Show" host's Trevor Noah's life, from his birth to a South African black mother and a white Swiss living in South Africa. The title refers to the fact that at the time of his birth in 1984, it was illegal for blacks and whites to have sexual relations, so his birth was the result of a crime. Raised by a strong mother, Trevor grew up with many interesting experiences, some funny and some sad, but through most of his life he felt like he did not belong. Not black, not white, classified as "coloured", life in South Africa was problematic. In "Born a Crime" he writes engagingly of his life experiences with humour and with sadness. A great book from beginning to end.
Date published: 2019-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable & Informative I truly enjoyed this memoir. Not only is it filled with anecdotes and circumstances that occurred in the author's childhood, it is also filled with historical background in order for the reader to contextualize what the author is referring to. It has its humorous moments, tragedy and life lessons. A wonderful remarkable read. I will recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2019-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting and Funny I read a lot of memoir's and this is easily in the top three best. Not only is it absolutely hilarious, it is very informative, which is something new. Normally you get a background story or history lesson on the authors life, but this gave a societal context, and history lesson of South African apartheid and how it influenced and shaped Trevor's life. It makes you feel a lot of things when reading; intrigue, comfort, joy, heartwarming, heartbreaking, frustration, and hopeful. I immediately wanted to reread it after I finished. Highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2018-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Interesting Memoir I loved reading this book for so many reasons. Firstly his reflections on the past brought up so many memories of my own growing up and living in South Africa during the time period that he describes. Secondly, it was interesting to read of another person's experience growing up in my Motherland near the end of Apartheid. Thirdly, I love Trevor Noah's humour and his take on life and people - a humour that fund its way into his writing. Fourthly, the memoir was well written and subtly exposed the many things that were wrong with the Apartheid system. Born A Crime is a retelling of a childhood that keeps a person reading. The book is sprinkled with the laws of the system in South Africa, laws which affected the lifestyle of this comedian. The book has been written for a mainly non-South African audience so many of the social expectations, South Africanisms, and everyday experiences are explained. I read this book quickly, and discussed many of the issues highlighted at the diner table with my family. Now my husband is reading the memoir - and soon afterwards my daughters will too. Trevor Noah's memoir is a must-read if you enjoy memoirs and are looking to understand the experience of a mixed-race child born during a time when it was a crime to mix intimately with other races.
Date published: 2018-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable! Informative, entertaining and heartbreaking! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Book--funny and serious autobiography Trevor Noah's Born A Crime is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. I plan to re-read it when my sister-in-law returns it! He writes a story of his life that is funny and moving at the same time.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book more than I anticipated I got this book for my book club meeting, and could not put it down. He is funny, thoughtful and provoking in almost equal measure. I sometimes begrudge buying hard covers because I am running out of bookshelf room, but this baby will have a prominent place on my shelf for a long while.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Humorous yet tragic history As a South African I could completely relate to the history of the Apartheid regime written in conjunction with the author's autobiography. It is a fresh, humorous outlook on a long and difficult past. From growing up in a shanty town to teenage love to being an adult and everything in between. A light-hearted read with a serious undertone that will provide insight to anyone intertesed in South African history.
Date published: 2018-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great listen I was told that the audio version and hearing the stories straight from Trevor Noah would be the best way to capture the stories. I'd recommend everyone to listen to it.
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read I was not expecting this book to be that amazing. Despite the tragic realities of his childhood, he told his story is a such a fun way. I initially borrowed this book from the library. Midway reading, his naughtiness as a child reminded me so much of my boyfriend, that I bought a copy for me and his mom.
Date published: 2018-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must listen to It had been recommended to me that I listen to the Audiobook version of this book. I was not disappointed. Not only is the story incredible, but Trevor Noah does a wonderful job narrating it. He imitates the different accents and you can get to hear what the languages he's referring too actually sound like. This book was entertaining from start to finish and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to listen to.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Memoir I was born in South Africa and was absolutely in love with this book. I finished it in a day and a half. Couldn't put it down. Many of the stories Trevor told personally resonated with me because I come from a similar background but I believe that anyone could relate to this book.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from funny and inspiring the heir to jon stewart,, tough shoes to fill.. at first didn't get the appeal but have come around. great read of the comedic memoir genre
Date published: 2018-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must for everyone of all ages! His relationship with his mother is refreshing and amazing. I wish there was more! It is hold your stomach funny, but also informative and eye opening. It's nice to have another setting than the United States. His analysis of his surroundings is on point. The "black" racist experience and their consequences are somewhat similar everywhere and revolting, but what I find especially appalling is the fact that racism was studied all over before being applied through apartheid in South Africa. But what I recommend the most is the audiobook, so you can here the intonations and the different dialects of different people of this country. A must for everyone of all ages!
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Highly Recomment Highly recommend this book! Whether you are familiar with Trevor Noah or not, this is an engaging autobiography. I could not put this book down! His stories are fascinating, sad, inspiring and complex - with his signature comedy embedded throughout.
Date published: 2018-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and inspiring This is such a well written memoir. It was both entertaining and inspiring. Sometimes I was laughing, sometimes I was crying.
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Recommend Funny and sad and educational and humbling. Noah is incredibly vulnerable and honest. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and Educational Trevor Noah brings his snarky, funny and super smart voice to this novel. I could not put it down. You will laugh, you will gasp, you will be inspired and you will enjoy this book cover to cover
Date published: 2018-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I laughed, I cried, I learned so much about South African culture during such an intense period in history. Trevor Noah is a very interesting person, and it was great getting to learn more about his life.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Memoir This book made me a huge fan of Trevor Noah. While I knew of Apartheid I had no idea what it was like for Colored people. It shocked me just how much more difficult it was and the intense hatred. His hustling was inspiring. His stories had me literally laughing out loud. The love for his mom and all she did for him was clear. Thus the domestic abuse later in the book was hard to read. One of my favorite books!
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A must read! This book is an eye-opening page-turner. Often, we see celebrities as people who have it all, and never question their beginnings. This book not only tells the story of Trevor Noah as a child, growing up to be the man we know today as the host of the Daily Show and international comedic superstar, it tells the story of apartheid in South Africa. Moreover, it tells a story of domestic violence, the failure of justice and the traumatic experiences that occur when those two elements mix. A must read!
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a read Really interesting account of his early life and South Africa during apartheid. My only criticism is I wish it had continued on a little more and explained how he made his way from South Africa to his current career in comedy in America.
Date published: 2018-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved this book - will read again and again Lovely storytelling and excellent writing. I couldn't put this book down. I learned so much! At times the book made me cry and laugh out loud.
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this A truly entertaining, eye-opening, and inspiring read! Will read this again
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing memoir Another one that I am glad to have listened to on audiobook. Listening to Trevor tell his story, complete with the voices and languages from his homeland, gave the story more layers than had I just read it from the page. Listening to Trevor open up and tell us about growing up and letting us into the lives of him and his mom, was an eye-opening and empowering experience about race, faith, and love. It was funny, it was emotional, and it was educational. Highly suggest this to anyone who is already a fan of Trevor Noah, or isn't and wants to learn more about life during the dark times in our recent history that Trevor describes.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trevor Noah is a Madman He's funny, he's dark, he's innocent... What can I say, worth every minute of laughter
Date published: 2018-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trevor is kind of a gift to humanity... This book has me asking myself how one person's life can be so incredibly tragic, and hilarious, and riddled with impossible coincidences and perfectly delivered life lessons. If you know of Trevor Noah you'll love this and if you don't know about him you'll still love this. Not only did I learn a ton, but it leaves you with such a beautiful feeling after reading.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! I loved this book (and Trevor's mum). His story is hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time, and intertwines interesting facts about apartheid with a mischievous child/teen's experiences of the world. I would highly recommend this to anyone! I finished it in a couple of days, and my husband loved it as much as I did.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read This book was so amazing. I love hearing where people come from to where they are now!! Great read!
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE. When I was a little girl, my mother explained apartheid to me as "if we lived in South Africa, you'd be illegal - if you were even born at all." That stuck with me for more than two decades. While I'd heard of Trevor Noah before, I'd never seen/heard any of his work but that memory from my childhood was enough to convince me to read the book. Boy, am I glad that I did! Without giving anything away, the book was engaging throughout. Often with a retrospective humour to it, it was nonetheless serious when it needed to be (rather embarrassingly, making me tear up in front of a class during silent reading time!), to great effect. The background on South Africa and Apartheid interspersed throughout really helped to contextualize Noah's own stories, and the non-linear structure in which the chapters are presented feels more intimate - like you're casually being told anecdotes over drinks rather than looking at a timeline of someone's life. All in all, I heartily recommend!
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Memoir While I enjoy reading memoirs, I find that they are often a bit one-dimensional. I like the occasional funny anecdote or behind the scenes look into someones life but I am usually left a bit underwhelmed. I really enjoyed Born a Crime because it was hilarious, genuine & engaging. His past is so interesting - a life that someone (me) born and raised in a middle class family in Canada would be totally ignorant about without books like these. It left me with a sense of who Trevor Noah really is. It made me want to read an entire book about his mother. I'll be recommending this one!
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining and insightful Learning about Trevor's childhood and seeing how far he has come is inspiring.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extremely entertaining! Trevor Noah's story is entertaining and educational. So interesting to learn about growing up in South Africa
Date published: 2018-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Born A Crime Excellent story with a great insight of what it was like to live in South Africa.
Date published: 2018-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and Informative I loved how he kept every chapter full of history and humor at the same time. I just wanted to keep reading and not put it down.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The true South Africa Although it's Trevor's autobiography, the true star is his Mom. She's a strong & intelligent woman who made the life changing decision to have a mixed race child.
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Noah writes about heavy topics with levity, sometimes humor, and always a vulnerable honesty. What a fascinating life story and insightful perspective.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming story of mother and son I read book in my book club and it was a great read. It was very meaningful and the relationship Between son and mother was uplifting and funny I recommend this book highly
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Very Funny I've read a few autobiographies by comedians, and this one is my favourite. Very funny! I laughed aloud so many times (sometimes uncontrollably) and that is rare for a book.
Date published: 2018-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfection! Well written, emotional yet humorous, and truly a page turner. This book is a masterpiece and I would defiantly recommend it, it is by far my favourite memoir of this year.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very entertaining Great insight into the Apartheid and growing up "coloured" during it. Very entertaining with serious notes weaved throughout. Highly recommended. Especially recommend on audio-book as it is self narrated and adds a personal touch.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read! My favourite memoir to date! The life that Trevor Noah has led and where he is now is truly mind boggling. He talks of such heartache and poverty but within minutes will have you smiling. I have recommended this book time and again and will continue to do so.
Date published: 2018-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Full of soul and wit Apartheid and things that are funny don't exactly go hand-in-hand, but Noah takes his unique sense of humor and applies it to the events in his life that shaped him into who he is. Hilarious, but never flippant, Noah writes with a beautiful, thoughtful insight on what it means to be an outsider and a human.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hilarious and informative One of the funniest memoirs I have read to date and has also become one of my favourites.
Date published: 2018-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from liked it I have not finished it yet, but this one is one funny memoir. I have learnt a lot about South Africa(both living and politics) via this book and enjoyed it very much.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charismatic with truth intertwined within the words I picked up this book because I thought it would be an incredibly serious book regarding apartheid and the experiences Trevor Noah garnered through his childhood of growing up in South Africa. And don't get me wrong, he did just that -- but he did so much more. Trevor Noah is such a charismatic writer. It feels as though he's a friend telling you a story that he just remembered. You feel invested and intrigued and always wanting to know more. He speaks about the bad and the good, but most importantly, he speaks honestly. Loved the book.
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Strong Story Collection "I saw, more than anything, that relationships are not sustained by violence but by love. Love is a creative act. When you love someone you create a new world for them." I really liked this book. It's not necessarily the kind of book I'd read again and again, but it was powerful. I learned a lot, and got an inside look into a country and time that I knew a bit about, but obviously not enough. While most of the stories were quite heavy, Trevor's delivery never made me feel weighed down, which I found impressive. Happy I read it, and appreciating even more the chance we had when we saw him perform earlier this year!
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is brilliant. I couldn't tell you the last time I read a non-fiction book. In fact, you could say I'm extremely wary of them because they might be too wordy, or too boring, or too confusing, or any other number of excuses. This book was anything but that. Trevor Noah is a mastermind at retelling his life story while interweaving bits of history and humour into an otherwise bleak childhood. He writes as if he were sitting down and having a conversation with you, and I never felt overwhelmed, despite his story having absurd amounts of racism, abuse, poverty, and violence. I'm thankful he is so adept at balancing the darkness with funny anecdotes and witty remarks. Despite knowing barely anything about Trevor Noah, other than he's a comedian and now hosts The Daily Show, I now have a tremendous amount of respect for the man. I'm grateful for his story and new knowledge I have about South Africa that I sadly might not have had I not read this book. His story is going to stick with me for a long time and I feel sorry for any memoirs I read after this, because this was amazing.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely hilarious! I loved how he shares his life and stories, and despite some painful realities, manages to make the reader laugh and enjoy the read. He gives a nice summary of what life's like in South Africa, and I can understand after having visited the country not long ago. Very enjoyable read!
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional Read Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this book. Funny and enlightening. I smiled, I laughed, and I cried. One of the best memoirs I've ever read.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sublime Trevor Noah is a force to be reckon with.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Hands down the best book I read in 2017. Not just anyone could write a funny memoir about growing up as a mixed-race child in post-apartheid South Africa, but Trevor Noah has done it.
Date published: 2018-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Noah has written a very entertaining and eye opening book filled with humour and history. His writing draws you and doesn't let you put the book down!
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Amazing, enlightening and incredibly entertaining!
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! This book was incredible and hilarious! It was enlightening, and it was really unique to learn about apartheid South Africa from Trevor's perspective.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Book I bought this book after seeing Trevor Noahs standup online and watching many online interviews. His story seemed unreal and I'm glad I bought this book. It was funny, educational and touching. If you are looking to find a book that will have you laughing out loud in one moment and grabbing for a tissue to wipe your tears in the next this is it. You won't be able to put this book down.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read Incredibly interesting and difficult to put down. Very insightful.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love it! I highly recommend this book. Funny, honest and serious!
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and heartwarming Trevor Noah gives an honest glimpse into what life in South Africa during the Apartheid was like. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best memoirs!! If you have the opportunity, please listen to the audio version of this book!! It was amazing with Trevor speaking the different languages. His mother is an amazing woman!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Lighthearted and honest, a great education on Apartheid and entertaining read at the same time. Definitely a memoir I would recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read. This book is great. Trevor Noah finds a perfect balance between being funny and serious. His life story to date is very interesting and his journey to where he is now is pretty remarkable. A great read for anyone.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from nice easy read Its nice to read about the experiences that now define him as a person and individual.He has really come a long way to talk show host and comedian in America.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Interesting! I read this book in two days because I just found it so interesting. Growing up in South Africa is vastly different than growing up in a suburb in Ontario. It's amazing how he took all those experiences and made it part of his comedy routine years later. It also blows my mind that some of those instances haven't haunted him for life. Great read!
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! I love Trevor Noah as a comedian and a writer. His story needs to be told. It should be a movie!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Truly Magnificent Exploration Of Life Trevor Noah does an amazing job of using his incredible comedic abilities to explore the more difficult topics surrounding apartheid South Africa. By approaching these subject in a hilarious way, they become far more digestible to the audience. This is overall and entertaining and honest story of coming of age and the trials of life. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have read books by so many celebrities, especially comedians, and this was by far my favourite. Rather than just silly essays about an actor growing up in America, this book showed a real childhood in a less privileged country. I couldn't help but read the book in Trevor Noah's voice which made it even better. I also loved the educational side as I learned a lot I did not know about Apartheid and South Africa during and following that period.
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good Funny, interesting read and historically educational
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. This book made me laugh, made me cry... it was all around good book. You can hear Trevor Noah speaking through his words. Audio book is supposed to be even better!
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read Trevor Noah does a very good job of making you laugh and making you think at the same time. His perspective on life is really refreshing and it comes across very clearly in this book. Although I am a big fan of his as the host of The Daily Show, I don't think you need to know anything about him to enjoy and gain something from this book. Highly recommend giving it a read.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enlightening and entertaining Love this book, funny and insightful. Interesting glimpse into the life of an intelligent and funny man.
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really loved this book Trevor Noah is not only a great comedian, but is also a wonderful writer. I really enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed Book was Funny and left you thinking. Fantastic.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Trevor Noah is great. I love him on the Daily Show and in his stand up, which is why I bought the book. Its great because not only is it funny but it really makes you reflect on your own life.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and thought provoking Noah is very funny, intelligent and a great writer. This is a great read, especially if you're a fan of his show and stand up. #PlumReview
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! This book is amazing, it made me laugh and think! Such a beautifully written story!
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth It I listened to this via audio book. Trevor Noah is one of the most effortless narrators I've ever listened to. It feels like he is sitting down with you, telling you his life story. This is probably one of the best memoirs I have ever read.
Date published: 2017-10-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting A good read and not what I was expecting.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than I expected I didn't know much about Trevor Noah prior to this book, and only picked it up because of the rave reviews it was getting. It was very interesting to learn about the politics of South Africa, as well as the relationship he had with his mother.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intelligent, funny, and sad at times funny yet serious book about growing up part-black in South Africa. Intelligently written. Each chapter a new adventure. Amazing how a mother’s love and support alters the life trajectory for this young man. Really enjoyed his “tales.”
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great learning As well as being warm, funny, and disturbing, this book is highly educational. Definitely worth reading!
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth it ! It is a great memoir of a type of life I could never imagine if I tried. It was a little boring at parts but for the most part it was funny, honest, heart breaking and heart warming all at the same time.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really good! Enjoyed learning about Trevor Noah's early life.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! This is an excellent memoir. Heartbreaking and hilarious all at once. I only wish there had been some pictures - his descriptions of his friends and the outfits they wore were very funny. He tells the story of his devastatingly difficult childhood with humour and grace.
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun read Trevor Noah has had an incredibly interesting life!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An easy read. Trevor Noah draws you in for the very beginning. He'll make you laugh through heartbreaking situations. You can't help but love this book.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A compelling and heart warming read One of the favourite autobiographies of all time! I couldn't put it down it was so good. Trevor Noah writes in such a way that you instantly connect with him. You laugh at the absurdity of some of his situations, you cry at others. well worth the read.
Date published: 2017-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible read. A fantastic book! I really enjoyed this book. You get a personal perspective of life in South Africa during the Apartheid. You get to know Trevor Noah before his career as a comedian. I was reading this book with interest and anticipation. The first I read this Summer.
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I mean, who doesn't love Trevor Noah The book was well written, and you can see his intelligence shine through. However, i expected a few more laughs. I would also say this book is more about his mom then himself. You don't get to know too much about him, and any info on his comedy career was completely left out. Overall, the book is great and provides an insight on South Africa that many of us wouldn't realize.
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written I was already a fan of his and this book only made me love him even more. Absolutely fascinating read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating I spent a few months in South Africa in 2009 and knew I just barely scratched the surface of this complex country. Trevor Noah's book dives further below the surface (there is still A LOT to learn) but takes you on a tour of the history's political, social, and cultural history through his teenage eyes. It's fascinating, accessible, and lighthearted despite the often-grim subject matter. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny Really enjoyed this book. Was really interesting to have humour alongside stories of the realities of life during apartheid.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from started it after breakfast finished it by supper! One of the best books that I have read in a very long time, equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious! I actually bought this book for my Mom as a belated Mother's Day gift, and she also loved it.
Date published: 2017-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I read it in 2 days, it was that good! Trevor Noah writes just as well as he speaks, maybe better. His memoir is fresh and honest. He has such a such an interesting perspective as he did not fit into any of the usual categories of the class and race systems of SA.
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fun Read A lovely book that encompasses the hardships, childhood, history, and the becoming of the comedian we all know and love today. You can feel Trevor Noah's personality and humor as your read this book. Highly recommended and very hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite Perfect balance of biography, history, politics, and comedy. This feels true to Trevor Noah's character - a genuine story
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! One of the best memoirs I've ever read. There are some delicate subjects covered in Born a Crime, including domestic abuse and race relations, but Trevor Noah manages to toe the line between humour and honesty, and the book is an absolute delight to read because of his unique perspective. I devoured this in one sitting, I can't recommend it enough.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved his perspective Trevor Noah offered a fresh perspective on a difficult life. It felt real, it was funny and it was heartbreaking. A fantastic first novel!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful The perfect mix of humour, faith and horrific accounts of apartheid and abusive husbands. Trevor Noah led quite a life in South Africa and it was a pleasure reading about it through his eyes. I loved that his mom was able to find humour in the darkest of places and that it is so clearly reflected in the work that Trevor does nowadays.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Insights I love his humour, and his show, this book reveals some very deep and intimate details of growing up where he did and all he had to deal with.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Interesting read with enjoyable humour, Love Trevor Noah !
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best Book Ever1 I read this book in less than a day! It was that good and hilarious
Date published: 2017-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best read in a while! Could not put down Born a Crime. It was indeed the best book I have read in a while. Trevor Noah has the ability to make you think and laugh out loud, all at the same time. His mother is an inspiring force of nature and this book is a tribute to how well she managed both during and after the apartheid.
Date published: 2017-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Big fan of the daily show and like Trevor Noah over Jon Stewart. This is a great book that Noah's wit shines through; excellent stories. Great read
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, In-Depth, and Emotional Read I love Trevor Noah, so this was a must-have for me. I don't usually read memoirs/autobiographies, but having heard some of his life story before, I was interested. And I'm so glad I got to read this book. It was such an eye-opener for white people who I think often take their situation for granted. It gave me so much respect for the cultures in South Africa and what they endured, and continue to endure there, and it was a little daunting to read about Trevor's experiences as a mixed child who identified as black more often than white. The book carried his whit and humour (I could hear his voice every time I read a line), and he managed to bring a little light to certain dark situations in his past. For me, the highlight was reading about his mother. What an incredible woman, a force of nature who bowed to no one and gave everything for her children. This was such a joy to read, and it definitely brings to light how different some worlds are from each other. I recommend it to pretty much everyone, to be honest. This makes you think twice about the world and the role that race plays in it, and is a great tale of courage and love. Definitely worth picking up!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A powerful yet witty story Trevor's comedic style combined with his poignant story of growing up under Apartheid in South Africa, provoked deep thought and a lot of laughter. I learned so much about South Africa and its people that I didn't know before, yet reading this memoir was like listening to a storyteller, but in written form, not like reading the usual dry biography that tries too hard to be profound and humourous, without succeeding. Trevor Noah is a gifted writer and it took a lot of courage to share such personal stories from his life. This is the most well-written and entertaining memoir that I have read to date.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! Trevor did an amazing job on this one! He managed to write about the history of apartheid, how it affected him growing up, his past mistakes, his relationship with his mom & dad, heartache, heartbreak all the while making you laugh....except at the last sentence where I shed a tear. Amazing book, I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I loved this! Trevor did an amazing job on this one! He managed to write about the history of apartheid, how it affected him growing up, his past mistakes, his relationship with his mom & dad, heartache, heartbreak all the while making you laugh....except at the last sentence where I shed a tear. Amazing book, I highly recommend it!
Date published: 2017-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it Trevor Noah's writing is funny and makes you think at the same time. I loved it!
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring Trevor's ability to insert humour into a book that focuses primarily on apartheid Africa gives a unique perspective. When reading the book you can hear Trevor's voice and feel the emotion that he is conveying. Truly amazing.
Date published: 2017-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it He puts humour into the horrible reality of racism and hardship growing up in South Africa. Great read.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting This really is quite an interesting memoir of growing up in South Africa. It shows how despite coming from a basically poor background he was able to rise above both discrimination and poverty and make a successful career for himself. Congratulations Trevor.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious & Hard-Hitting I only had a vague idea of who Trevor Noah is prior to reading this book (male, comedian) but, even so, this is one of the most fascinating memoirs I have ever read. Every word feels authentic and not one story felt sensationalized, despite the fact that Noah's childhood was far from what we'd call "ordinary" from a North American perspective. The narrative wasn't chronological and things felt a bit jumbled at times; but, for me, it made the entire book feel like a conversation over coffee... memories being shared as they were remembered. I would be laughing out loud one moment, only to find myself crying a couple pages later. I very much enjoyed Noah's writing and was particularly moved/affected by his thoughts on crime, poverty, and climbing out of poverty. I closed this book with not only a better, more "personal" understanding of apartheid but also a lot to think about with regard to how we view poverty, welfare, and crime as a society.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly good read I bough this book mostly out of curiosity (and because it was on sale), but didn't have high expectations from it. I've read books by stand-up comedians and TV personalities before -- like Tina Fey's "Bossypants" -- and they're usually very light reads, focusing more on entertainment. Trevor Noah's book is much more than that. It's an interesting book, that gives us a good understanding of what it's like to grow up poor, under Apartheid. I finished it in less than 2 days.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Memoir A great memoir which I enjoyed reading and couldn't put down. It deals with some heavy subject matters including apartheid and domestic violence but is interspersed with Trevor's humour and wit and the stories are truly told so naturally, I often heard Trevor's voice in my head as narrator. I do need to add that Trevor's mother sounds like an amazing human being who for the most part, managed to keep true to herself, her faith, her values and her loved ones despite all the challenges she faced. I found that very inspiring.
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read Well-written book giving insight into Trevor Noah's life growing up in South Africa. The way the stories are told are seamlessly weaved into one another. Very enjoyable, couldn't put it down. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A literal laugh out loud Hard times won't keep him down! Inspirational and very very fun. Loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You'll love it I have a new respect for Trevor Noah. His upbringing was hard at times, but he has such an uplifting, and at times hilarious, way of looking at it.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! Amazing and easy to read! Laugh out loud funny.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out Loud in Public It was a great, inspirational yet honest read about his life and the troubling politics and racism in South Africa; Trevor Noah is a great storyteller. I couldn't put the book down and many times I've laughed out in public. His upbringing is truly inspirational, funny and emotional. Not knowing much about South Africa's culture, Trevor outlines it with a good amount of humour and a good amount of realism. I am very happy for his well-deserved success.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal! Trevor Noah's story is heart wrenching, hilarious, and uplifting all at once. An absolute must read.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This book is everything: laugh-out-loud hilarious, informative, sad and thought-provoking.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting stories!! I don't watch The Daily Show, and I only catch clips of it on YouTube sometimes. When I found out Trevor Noah wrote a book, I wanted to read it since his story sounded interesting. I'm the same age as Trevor, but I grew up in Toronto. To be honest, I didn't know anything about South Africa's history, so reading his story was so interesting. Also it gave me a totally different perspective of how lives can be so different. Trevor's story during the Apartheid, is definitely different from those who grew up with him, and that is what makes it so interest. I definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! I bought this book after reading about it and I could not put it down. amazing story, written in a captivating way. it was so good I was sad when I finished it.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from READ THIS NOW What a super entertaining, thought provoking read. If you love "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" - then I think this is a no brainer. He brings his sense of humour and witty commentary to examining life in South Africa as it transitioned from apartheid to post-apartheid. Each chapter starts off with a sub-chapter - a few pages that provides the reader with background knowledge of the history of South Africa / the people / apartheid and it's ideology. From that Noah would then led into an often hilarious account of how that particular law/rule/ideology didn't actually work in practice. I laughed out loud - some were a little crass, but all told tongue in cheek with lots of humour. I genuinely enjoyed all aspects of Noah's story - but in particular the final chapter about his mother. What a smart, tough, dedicated woman. I enjoyed their relationship and reading of his love for her. Highly recommended read
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and very interesting I enjoy Trevor on the Daily Show and his stand-up, and this book is funny but it is also informative and interesting.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating I am absolutely loving this. It explores, from one person's point of view, what it is like to grow up in post-apartheid South Africa. Especially given his unique perspective. The audio book version is even better because you get to enjoy Trevor's narration, his accent as well as correct pronunciation of African language words
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Evocative I first picked up this book because I enjoyed watching Trevor Noah on the Daily Show. This book is fantastic. He's lived such an interesting life and the writing is so clear that you feel as though you've been transported into his childhood. It is also a great commentary on race and very clearly illustrates that race is a social construct. Great read. I am looking forward to what he does next.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! So awesome and incredibly funny, a must-read for everyone.
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and heartfelt A beautifully funny personal account. It interweaves the racist political climate of South Africa through the focused relationship of a mixed boy and his inspirational mother. I have spent the week listening to this in my car and could not wait to get in the car to listen to more. As a commuter anything that makes me want to get in my car is a God sent. I highly recommend this book it will have you laughing until tears and then crying from heartbreak.
Date published: 2017-03-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must-read Brilliant! Perhaps the only time I'll take Trevor Noah to bed but he made me laugh, made me feel and educated me on what apartheid was really like. Definitely the best non-fiction/memoir I've read in the past year.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laugh out funny. Great read Great read, I could totally related, having lived in South Africa for a few years just after Mandela was released from prison. Though some stuff in the book was heartbreaking, it was said with humour.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What an impressive way to tell your own story, I am in awe by how self-aware he is even though these events happened just a few years ago. It was a real page turner. Reading this, I understand why he was chosen to take over the Daily Show.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow this is such a great book!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What a story and extremely well written. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Words Such a raw real lens to view the world of Apartheid South Africa. Made me giggle, then bring me to the verge of tears while always making me think critically of what a different world I live in.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Trevor isn't the best writer out there but that small fault is easily outweighed by his wicked sense of humour and thought provoking narrative. The relationship between him and his mother is truly unique and powerful. Definitely worth the read!
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Hilarious, interesting and simply written. I loved reading this.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible book. I have never read a book like this before. It is the story of a child's life growing up in Africa during the apartheid. You will be amazed at the incredible incidents that Trevor lived through during these life threatening times. I am in awe of his writing. He is able to reflect humor where possible. His personal stories left me appreciating everything that I have. A profound book and a 'must read'!
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really fun to read. Interesting story about life during apartheid. Also educational. Worth the time. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible. The laughs will grab your attention, but the journey is magnificent and heartrending.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising, uplifting amazing book I read this book thinking I would learn about Trevor Noah and laugh. It truly surprised me learning many aspect I didn't know about South Africa and the life there. Of course he might put a funny tone on his stories, but I really admire him so much more now. The best book I read in a long time, amazing and truly recommended.
Date published: 2017-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and Eye Opening A light approach to a serious topic. Trevor Noah's experiences as a mixed race child of post Apartheid South Africa, teaches about the power of belonging and his personal quest for identity. One of the best books I've read in a long time.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone should read this Humourous and at times heart breaking. A worthy read.
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book I read in 2016 Whether you know Trevor Noah or not from The Daily Show, it doesn't matter. This book is a phenomenal read as he shares stories of his upbringing in South Africa being born from a white father and a black mother during Apartheid - thereby making his very existence illegal. It's an eye-opening and compelling book that I actually procrastinated on finishing because I didn't want it to be over. While this isn't a humour book, Trevor's sense of humour comes through in his writing. Born a Crime is about his life before his career takes him to the U.S. A truly fantastic book that I cannot recommend it enough!
Date published: 2017-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looking forward to this one it's in my tbr, looking forward to reading it.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Insightful Commentary Amazing story of a man we might not necessarily have known a ton about. Humour mixed in with really heartfelt and at some times heart-wrenching circumstances.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling, enjoyable read Noah's memoir about growing up and coming of age in South Africa during and after apartheid was a quick, engaging read for me. I enjoyed his perspectives on the complexities of race, culture, and class, but ultimately, I loved the stories about his mother - a delightful, unique, and 100% interesting person in her own right.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, thought-provoking read I loved this book. On the surface, you might think you're getting a comedy memoir but that's not the case. Although it is humorous at times, the book is a compelling read about race, cultural identity, and a beautiful tribute to his mother. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved Although a memoir, this book read very much like a novel. You'll find yourself questioning which era some of these stories are from. Could this possibly take place at a time when I was alive? Though heartbreaking at some moments, Noah does not let down fans of his comedic self. Hilarious at times, gut-wrenching at others, inspiring throughout.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! truly sad and heartbreaking hearing stories during apartheid, though trevor does a good job of giving the readers a good balance of both the history making us laugh with his anecdotes.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Utterly compelling An utterly compelling memoir that leaves you savouring every word till the very last page, one that actually imparts wisdom and teaches you a thing or two about race and relationships. Firstly, I didn't know much of Trevor Noah prior to reading "Born A Crime" but now I feel like a buddy of his who has been alongside with him in his youth. Except let's be honest, I couldn't possibly be because of how unique his perspective and coming-of-age story is (and that I'll never be cool enough to be part of his entourage). His personal accounts were very anecdotal, jumping through different ages of his life, which sometimes made it hard pin-pointing at what stage of his childhood it was happening in yet that never felt like an obstacle in wanting to know more about Noah's life. He is so genuine in his eloquence in conveying the thoughts and reasonings of his younger self, which ultimately provides a glimpse into who Trevor Noah is as a person now. Secondly, I didn't know much of South Africa's history outside of the Apartheid, and even then, my knowledge of the Apartheid was superficially slim. "Born A Crime" is of the voice of someone who lived through that period, and not just any voice, but of a voice of someone straddling and struggling amongst multiple identities as a mixed child. Noah shares his keen insight into the circumstances in which he was born into within a much larger context of a country and her people looking to establish their own identity after times of turmoil. There are just so many of Noah's anecdotes that I want to talk to with people. About that time his mom threw him out of a moving vehicle, or the one about his very eventful prom night, maybe about his CD-burning business or that DJ dance job with Hitler at a Jewish school, and definitely about his mom's miracle. There is plenty to take away from "Born A Crime", from the everlasting ties between a mother and son, to the injustices inflicted on the vulnerable by the society they are meant to be a part of, even to something that boils down to this: "I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being."
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read I recommend this to a friend
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book I love to watch his tv show (the daily show) and I was interested in his family history. I knew very little about south africa apartheid. This is an amazing glimpse into how it was like to live during this time.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A personal and political account of what it's like to grow up in South Africa. It is sometimes weird to see him at the desk where Jon Stewart used to slay conservative politicians and pundits alike. In all honesty, I’ve never really acclimated to seeing him there. I’m a big fan of Jon Stewart. He is the one who got me interested in American politics after all. Satire or not, The Daily Show was even more educational than any other cable news on air. When I learned that Stewart was quitting and was being replaced by this unknown comedian, I was saddened. Because I knew things will never be the same. I’m not gonna lie, I have not watched a single episode of the show ever since he left. Aside from snippets shown on their Facebook page, I’ve never actually sat through a full episode. So when the opportunity to read and review this book came my way, I had to grab the chance. Because I wanted to know a little about this man. I wanted to know how a South African comedian charmed his way into the annals of a sometimes entertaining, more often frustrating American political satire arena. During the presidential election campaign, he’s become more prominent because he assumed Jon Stewart’s role with great gusto. He was funny and candid; harsh and honest. But as I observed him during the few moments that I’ve seen his shtick, there’s still a bit of him that’s a little uncomfortable. Like, he couldn’t fully play the role of a man commenting on the absurdities of the American politics and life. Like he doesn’t belong. I’ve never seen his comedic act before hosting The Daily Show, but it is more or less in this book where he recounts the tales of growing up during and after apartheid. And the stories are funny, sometimes bleak, and in turns, alarming. He tells us that because he was born out of wedlock and a “half-white”, “half-black”, he didn’t really find acceptance. The only way he could spend time with his Swiss-national father was away from the scrutiny of the public. And because he’s light-skinned, they sometimes resorted to pretending his mother was his nanny. His world was inside the gates of their home because his grandmother feared he would get abducted. He spent most of his time alone but he claimed he was never lonely. He read a lot of books and was perfectly comfortable being in the company of himself. Language, he learned early on, was the key to hiding the fact that he didn’t belong in either white or black community. Because if he could speak a variety of languages, kids could respect him. If you spoke to me in Zulu, I replied to you in Zulu. If you spoke to me in Tswana, I replied to you in Tswana. Maybe I didn’t look like you, but if I spoke like you, I was you.” His mother was, by all accounts, the constant figure in his life that made him the man that he is. A woman who never lost faith in her God no matter the odds. The woman who took her kids to three churches on Sundays, whom at one point, threw Trevor off the bus, then jumped with his brother in her arms, to get away from an inevitable rape, and worst, death. She was a woman with conviction who knew what she wanted even if it meant a lifetime of ridicule and persecution because she’d “born a crime”, a half-white child whose Swiss-German father could never really own him. And amidst poverty, hardship, and violence, raised Trevor and his brother with the same dreams and hopes as any loving mother would do. “For my mother. My first fan. Thank you for making me a man,” he writes in his dedication. It is true that without his mother and her defiant spirit, he’d never be where he is right now. One of the biggest South African exports, a boy who grew up in small towns and one who was always looking for a place to belong.
Date published: 2017-01-05
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Date published: 2017-01-05

Editorial Reviews

National BestsellerA New York Times BestsellerWinner of the 2017 Thurber Prize for American HumourA New York Times Top Book of 2016A New York Times Notable BookAn Esquire Best BookA CBC Best BookAn NPR Best BookA Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016"[A] compelling new memoir. . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [the] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country's lurching entry into a postapartheid era in the 1990s." —The New York Times "[A] stirring memoir. . . . Noah proves to be a gifted storyteller, able to deftly lace his poignant tales with amusing irony." —Entertainment Weekly "Born a Crime is an engaging, fast-paced and vivid read. . . . The book is essential reading not only because it is a personal story of survival, leavened with insight and wit, but because it does more to expose apartheid—its legacy, its pettiness, its small-minded stupidity and its damage—than any other recent history book or academic text." —The Guardian (UK)"[A] substantial collection of staggering personal essays. . . . Incisive, funny and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself—and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . [Trevor Noah's] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender and class." —Booklist, starred review "A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations." —Kirkus Reviews"[Noah's] story of surviving—and thriving—is mind-blowing." —Cosmopolitan"Noah's memoir is extraordinary in its observations of South Africa in the years when apartheid crumbled. It's equally unusual in the troubling personal story it tells. Throw in Noah's sharp, droll prose style, and you have a book that feels like essential reading on every level." —The Seattle Times "What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us." —USA Today"You'd be hard-pressed to find a comic's origin story better than the one Trevor Noah serves up in Born a Crime." —O: The Oprah Magazine"Witty and revealing . . . Noah's story is the story of modern South Africa; though he enjoyed some privileges of the region's slow Westernization, his formative years were shaped by poverty, injustice and violence. Noah is quick with a disarming joke, and he skillfully integrates the parallel narratives via interstitial asides between chapters. . . . Perhaps the most harrowing tales are those of his abusive stepfather, which form the book's final act (and which Noah cleverly foreshadows throughout earlier chapters), but equally prominent are the laugh-out-loud yarns about going to the prom and the differences between 'White Church' and 'Black Church.'" —Publishers Weekly, starred review"[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar." —People"Extraordinarily heartfelt, compulsively enriching . . . a hell of a memoir. . . . With his debut book, Mr. Noah produces a striking, evocative, constantly surprising, tremendously heartbreaking, persistently funny and absorbing true-life account, one that never fails to capture his clear-eyed conviction, echoing pathos, sharp perception and sense of humor. . . . Trevor Noah is a rich storyteller." —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"Humorous and heartbreaking." —Los Angeles Times