Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood


      Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
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 New Read Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood Author Trevor Noah For Kindle ePUB or eBook – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television and radio host and actor He currently hosts The Daily Show, a late night television talk show on Comedy Central.

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  • Hardcover
  • 285 pages
  • Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
  • Trevor Noah
  • English
  • 05 December 2018
  • 0385689225

10 thoughts on “ Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

  1. says:

    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 would have a really different feel, which might not appeal to long time fans of the show But I always root for the underdog, so as he was getting savaged by critics and fans in his first few days on the 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 tha...

  2. says:

    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 be my thing Well, I ve ended up buying it anyway And my husband and I are currently laughing our way through the audio version, too.I just couldn t put this book down There are many moments of This was fantastic.Born a Crime, at over six months, is the longest library hold I ve ever waited for Normally...

  3. says:

    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 Who gets a prom date with the most beautiful girl around, but one who doesn t speak the...

  4. says:

    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 post Apartheid South Africa from the perspective of someone who hypothetically shouldn t exist Noah s mother is black and his father is white, and when he was born any mixed race relationships were 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 post Apartheid South Africa from the perspective of someone who hypothetically shouldn t exist Noah s mother is black and his father is white, and when he was born any mixed race relationships were illegal I was instantly intrigued by his story, not only because of this unique perspective but also because he is such a wonderful storyteller.I do think the chronology of the book was a bit strange at times one chapter would be from his childhood and then the next would jump to his teen years, and back And at the end of each chapter there was always a short snippet that completely changed directions and had pretty much nothing to do with the previous chapter maybe ...

  5. says:

    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 recommend watching a few before reading this riveting memoir In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah takes us on a journey from his childhood being born a crime in apartheid South Africa Trevor was born to a Before I start my review, I want to take a minute to praise Trevor ...

  6. says:

    4.5 5Trevor Noah was a great narrator and had the ability to turn the grimmest of experiences into smart, exciting stories If this book interests you, I urge you to listen to the audiobook It was fascinating learning about his life growing up as a mixed race child in pre and post Apartheid South Africa Though I learned vague facts about Apartheid in high school history classes, this was the best lesson I ve had on the subject.The book skips around non chronologically, which confused me at 4.5 5Trevor Noah was a great narrator and had the ability to turn the grimmest of experiences into smart, exciting stories If this book interests you, I urge you to listen to the audiobook It was fascinating learning about his life growing up as a mixed race child in pre and post Apartheid South Africa Though I learned vague facts about Apartheid in high school history classes, this was the best lesson ...

  7. says:

    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 building blocks Trevor did the building He used every life experience to his advantage and that s extraordinary Poverty, abuse, Religious upbringing, crazy chaotic living 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 building blocks Trevor did the building He used every life experience to his advantage and that s extraordinary Poverty, abuse, Religious upbringing, crazy chaotic living conditions, a powerhouse one of kind mother.Trevor is a thriving survivor We also get an excellent intimate understanding..of the rigid...

  8. says:

    The author is very charismatic and if you re going to read this book, I would recommend the audiobook since he narrates it

  9. says:

    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 became a fan recently of his and thought I d give the book a shot I m so happy I did I learned a lot about apartheid and I learned a lot about South Africa I also learned some gross facts 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...

  10. says:

    This is great I wasn t sure that I wanted to read it A celebrity memoir by a mixed race guy who was born in South Africa under apartheid didn t sound like it would be a smart, funny, and charming pleasure to read, but it is Not that he minimizes the circumstances, but therefact than lamentation It s a shame about those people who don t enjoy audioboo...

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