- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: John Murray (21 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473635306
- ISBN-13: 978-1473635302
- Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 207 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Born A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Paperback – 21 Sep 2017
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An engaging, fast-paced and vivid read . . . 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 (GUARDIAN)
It's no surprise that Trevor Noah, the slyly suave successor to Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show, should write a smart book. But 'smart' doesn't begin to cover what he pulls off in Born a Crime . . . Noah's memoir is extraordinary . . . essential reading on every level. It's hard to imagine anyone else doing a finer job of it (SEATTLE TIMES)
Powerful... The story of his life is full of chase scenes in which he runs, hell for leather, from spankings, from the long arm of the law, and from the swinging fist of his stepfather... a unique perspective (THE TIMES)
A soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism . . . is an enormous gift (USA TODAY)
A BOOK TO READ NOW (WALL STREET JOURNAL)
A memoir with heft... The interracial coupling that produced him really was a crime, making him an outsider. But he thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. (At one point she tosses him from a moving car -- driven by gangsters -- to save his life.) However brutal South African history is, their fierce bond makes this story soar (PEOPLE, Best New Books)
Noah has a real story to tell -- and tells it well... A little scary, but trust me -- it's funny (NEWSDAY)
An affecting memoir. . . a love letter to his mother (WASHINGTON POST)
Mind-blowing as f*** (COSMOPOLITAN)
Noah proves a gifted storyteller, deftly lacing his poignant tales with amusing irony (ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY)
One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars ('SLICK, INTELLIGENT AND BLISSFULLY FUNNY' Time Out) tells his hilarious and moving coming-of-age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
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A BOOK TO READ NOW, WALL STREET JOURNAL
'Powerful, charming and clever' THE TIMES
'Witty and brilliant' O: THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
'A memoir with heft . . . this story soars' PEOPLE, Best New Books
Trevor Noah was BORN A CRIME - not because he could answer back in five languages; not because his mother threw him out of the window of a moving car; not because he shoplifted; not because he accidentally burnt down someone's house with a magnifying glass; not even because he took Hitler to a bar mitzvah - but because this was South Africa and his mother was black and his father was white . . .
'Moving stories that will leave you laughing' BILL GATES
'Raw, compelling and by turns alarming, sad, and funny. . .' NEW YORK TIMES
'A soul-nourishing pleasure' USA TODAY
'A remarkable memoir leavened with insight and wit, Born a Crime does more to expose apartheid - its legacy, its pettiness, its small-minded stupidity and its damage - than any other recent history or academic text' GUARDIAN
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About the Author
Born under apartheid to a black South African mother and a white European father, Trevor Noah's improbable rise to stardom led to his sold-out one-man show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival that became one of the most talked-about shows at the festival that year. He has appeared on QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Royal Variety Performance and Live at the Apollo. In 2015 Noah succeeded Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show.
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I've had mixed feelings about his coming of age tales. I don't remember laughing hard reading a line of the book and feeling guilty for having laughed reading the next line.
Reminded me of own childhood days even it was completely of different circumstances. I never got to know about Apartheid beyond getting some marks in my high school history class. These humanistic experiences helped me shape some of my views.
I always thought the way Trevor said about the predominant part of our human history is their own native happenings. I had it that way during my school days that the most important part was all about Indians getting independence from British struggling about 100 years but things been always more than that.
His story is so inspirational and lovely. I never get to read these kind of books before and I'm glad I did by now.
From the stories one gets an insight into the practical working of the apartheid and how it affected the life of people who did not ‘belong’, like Trevor Noah who was born to a Xhosa mother and a Swiss German Father. Through his stories he brings out how colour and language became tools of separating people during the apartheid. Noah also shows through amusing and enterprising personal anecdotes how these very tools could be used to overcome the very barriers of apartheid set to create.
The stories Trevor Noah tells of his life are intense, colourful and humorous. At times he comes out smartly at times he is the silent accomplice who watches his friends get caught. There are many situations he unwittingly gets into and some because he cannot resist the temptation of his mischievous mind. At times he reminds of Tom Sawyer. Even though he had to struggle with poverty and suffer due to his mixed colour he comes across with clarity and humor. His writing is direct and peppered with nuggets of wit and turn of phrase.
The bond between feisty Noah and his independent and self made mother is the most forceful aspect in almost all stories. Despite his mother’s discipline and severity; his angst and rebelliousness the two share an enduring and touching relationship.
The book is a collection of stories not a chronological biography, at times the switch between childhood and youth can be confusing and also leads to some repetition. However, it gives the author more liberty in bringing out various facets of his life of a mixed child in apartheid ridden South Africa.
It would have been fascinating to know how of Trevor Noah's journey to US and the successful position he is in today. Maybe, that is for another book.
For now we have this readable, lovely and humorous book.
He came across as an intelligent guy and sometimes gave us a glimpse of his childhood in bits and parts in his stand up routines. But with this book he takes us deeper.
This read felt like a gritty first hand experience of growing up during Apartheid, being thrown from a moving minibus and tasting the mud, oh and he made us smell his poop too. There’s that humour that you’d expect. But that is only a tiny part of it. His relationship with his mother is what ties the whole book together. He is not only an intelligent comic but an equally intelligent Author too.
Enjoy reading this excellent book.
Many pages have faded print( though you could still read it). Lot of other features of pirated copy(alignment, cut)
Moreover, Amazon says MRP 499, while they have printed 399 on the book !
Disappointed that this is first time I'm getting such counterfeit book from Amazon.
I would have given it a 5, but I felt that certain anecdotes should have come before others to prevent chronological confusion. Nevertheless, don't let that deter you from buying this book because it isn't jarring and just requires some presence-of-mind to figure out the timing. It is worth every penny.