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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

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

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

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

A BOOK TO READ NOW

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

Noah has a real story to tell -- and tells it well... A little scary, but trust me -- it's funny

An affecting memoir. . . a love letter to his mother

Mind-blowing as f***

Noah proves a gifted storyteller, deftly lacing his poignant tales with amusing irony

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One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memorists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (15 January 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473635292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473635296
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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