- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: John Murray (30 September 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1473635306
- ISBN-13: 978-1473635302
- Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 92 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Paperback – 21 Sep 2017
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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 is 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.
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This book is good for one who feels that he/she does not belong to their own race mostly because of their physical appearance. Trevor tells us his childhood struggle and how his Mom has helped shape his life largely.