Born a Crime and Other Stories

Born a Crime and Other Stories Trevor Noah s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show in New York began with a criminal act his birth Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time
  • Title: Born a Crime and Other Stories
  • Author: Trevor Noah
  • ISBN: 9781770105065
  • Page: 407
  • Format: Paperback
  • Trevor Noah s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show in New York 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.Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himTrevor Noah s path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show in New York 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.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 his 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 being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping or simply trying to survive the life and death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty panmacmillan
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    1. 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.

    2. 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 comedy [...]

    3. 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 job [...]

    4. 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 language and is extremely unsociable to boot None of these things are extraordinary in this world,Who could perfor [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 white Sw [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 like the poor [...]

    9. An amazing story of a young man and his mother who went around the block a few times and beat the odds Despite a few inaccuracies in his tale, it remains a well told story that kept me reading and reading until the very end Trevor Noah has that intelligent kindness like an astral light around him He has that look of wisdom and experience in his eyes which allow people to like and want to listen to him He is a gentle soul I guess he can thank his mom for that She was on his case, saving his soul [...]

    10. I m joining the club of other Rioters who have read and loved this one Something you should know about me memoirs are NOT my jam I can count on one hand the memoirs I ve read and enjoyed, so I was honestly shocked by how much I loved reading Born a Crime Noah can tell a story like nobody s business, and very often his tales weave tragedy and comedy together in the best way imaginable I also have to admire Noah s bare bones honesty he really doesn t front at all If you re the type of person who w [...]

    11. 4.477 stars for a book that has so much humour in it, humour in times where things were anything but funny, the last twelve pages broke me i m still broken as i m writing this i will put it in a spoiler so as to not ruin the experience if you choose view spoiler trevor s mom was shot in the face by her husband his stepdad hide spoiler it s a sad story situation in general, but this ish hit me hard and i was unsure just why exactly then it hit me in some ways he is one of the most important peopl [...]

    12. Born a CrimeFunny guy The very charming Trevor Noah People love to say, Give a man a fish, and he ll eat for a day Teach a man to fish, and he ll eat for a lifetime What they don t say is, And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod That s the part of the analogy that s missing Trevor Noah By the time Trevor Noah was born in 1984, Apartheid, the system that institutionalized segregation and racial discrimination in his native South Africa, was already in its last throes But young Trevor s [...]

    13. Once again, I decided to read something from the non fiction biography genres Partly because I adore Trevor Noah as a person Partly because I love Trevor Noah s voice appreciate when authors tell their own stories, both fictional and non fictional Partly because I want to try and get comfortable with reads like this that are outside of my normal realm In this Trevor tells many stories from his childhood in South Africa He is funny, well spoken, and insightful as he discusses how being the produ [...]

    14. Born a Crime Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah is such an interesting look into the life of a talented young man I am a big fan of Trevor and watched his special on Netflix where he speaks of his life growing up but this goes into so much detail, it is stunning all that this guy goes through and is not a bitter man He describes the horrible laws and society he is born into and the way he is looked at in his society How he tries to see himself His life in poverty, with a very [...]

    15. Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell says:

      Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI consider myself an unofficial expert on celebrity memoirs I haven t read all of them although I would like to even the stupid ones, because I am incredibly nosy and devour celebrity gossip the way other people devour Dorritos or fake news , but I ve read a fair amount, and they usually follow a typical narrative arc In BORN A CRIME, Trevor Noah takes that arc, flattens it out, and beats you over the head with it.I love Trevor Noah I love what he brings to Th [...]

    16. I was lucky to see Trevor Noah speak about this book recently, and the way he talked about his story, and his life growing up in South Africa made me all the eager to read it The book is a cohesive collection of stories from his childhood and early adulthood, and though I am not typically a reader of much non fiction, I found this book truly compelling and hard to put down Noah has a way of really drawing you in, and making you feel as though you are there with him, experiencing his memories an [...]

    17. I really liked this book about Trevor Noah s childhood in South Africa I listened to this on audio, narrated by the comedian himself, and I appreciated his frank storytelling I enjoyed his memories of his mother and grandmother, and the details of the various scrapes he got into as a kid It was especially enlightening hearing what his mother went through just to be able to see his father, who was Swiss Because interracial relationships were forbidden under apartheid, they had to be clever to get [...]

    18. The only thing I knew about Trevor Noah prior to this audiobook was his status as host of The Daily Show, a show that I don t watch Also, celebrity autobiographies not really my thing barring the oddexception But that title demands curiosity how can someone be born a crime So, I picked up the book in a bookstore, read the dust jacket, and thought Hey, this seems like it might be good I then put the book down and promptly forgot about the whole thing Of course, then I began to see it popping up o [...]

    19. Trevor Noah is a South African comedian who currently hosts The Daily Show on Comedy Central Born a Crime is about growing up in South Africa living under apartheid when his existence was evidence of a crime, life after apartheid, the deep bond between a mother and son, the unique challenges of growing up mixed race, and living with an abusive stepfather It s filled with humor and biting social commentary, but the main words that describe this book are insightful and heartfelt I was already a ca [...]

    20. Overall, Born a Crime is a fascinating story, but the loose editing and too casual a writing style meant it lacked narrative cohesion for me, so it s a solid 3 star review Trevor Noah s childhood memoir definitely showcases his fresh, witty perspective and provide a lot of history and context of life under apartheid and life just after the end of apartheid, from a macro level of the forces and powers at work and warring against each other, to the micro level of Trevor and his family s experience [...]

    21. Born a Crime Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah is a 2016 Spiegel Grau publication I ve been a fan of Trevor Noah since he started hosting The Daily Show , but after reading this book, I m an even bigger fan I admit I know virtually nothing about South Africa other than the absolute obvious, like what is reported in the news So, Trevor gives readers like myself a bit of a history and a maybe a civics lesson too, in how people are divided by class and race and the thought proce [...]

    22. Within the first twenty pages of this book, I regretted just two days earlier writing the sentence Trevor Noah, while smart and funny, doesn t feel like a must watch while lamenting how much I miss Jon Stewart.This is perhaps the most remarkable celebrity memoir I ve ever read I am a hyperbolic person by nature, but I m really hard pressed to remember one that s made this big an impression on me Not just because of the content which is at times heartbreaking and mindblowing but also because of t [...]

    23. This was very enjoyable in audio, and I m not sure what my experience would have been in print Trevor Noah writes about his childhood growing up colored in South Africa, which you will learn, as a reader to this book, how that is different from white or black or Indian Despite studying apartheid in school or so I thought I had no clear concept of the complexity of the system, intentionally designed to put people at odds with one another Trevor Noah was quite a character, running from his mother [...]

    24. 4 high stars I had no idea who comedian Trevor Noah was, but there were enough rave reviews about his book Born a Crime to make me curious I m so glad I read it Noah was born in South Africa just before the end of Apartheid His mother is black and his father was white, and given the times in which he was born, he was literally born a crime as a mixed race kid His book focuses on his early years growing up in South Africa I m not sure I can do justice to what makes this book so excellent While No [...]

    25. 4.5 stars Trevor Noah, a comedian and the current host of The Daily Show is a very funny guy.d I expected this memoir to be full of witty jokes It s not The book is about Trevor growing up in South Africa when apartheid was coming to an end Apartheid and it s aftermath left the impoverished black population of South Africa with hard lives and few opportunities Nevertheless, Trevor infuses his story with hope and humor.Trevor was born in 1984, to a white Swiss father and a black mother from the X [...]

    26. This was so fascinating I loved learning about what it was like to grow up in South Africa Trevor is such a good storyteller I was so captivated by everything he said And he was able to turn very tough experiences into funny stories I highly recommend listening to this on audio as Trevor narrates it himself and does a fantastic job

    27. Intensely personal, moving, and funny, Trevor Noah has offered us a taste of what it was like to live under apartheid More than that, he has opened his family and himself to our gaze While he does talk about racism and politics, this book is about his family, him and his mother especially I listened to this as an Audible production, read by Trevor, and it made the whole experience that much real to me He makes it feel like he s talking to you personally, telling his tale over a cup of coffee he [...]

    28. I became a chameleon My color didn t change, but I could change your perception of my color.I really wasn t sure what to expect with this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it Imagine being born from a black mother and a white father in a country where interracial relationships were against the law This would mean that because you are colored you could not be seen with both of your parents or they with each other or stay in the same area as them I think I learned about apartheid, as well as the eff [...]

    29. ETA The I think about this book after having finished it, the annoyed I become I have changed my rating to one star I did not like this book What tipped the balance for me is the Go Hitler chant The author s explanation was not adequate and I found the whole episode inappropriately drawn I was perpetually annoyed while reading this book Perhaps this is my own fault I misunderstood what its central focus was to be It is less a book about growing up in South Africa than about adolescence, a dysf [...]

    30. OMG This has got to be the BEST audiobook I ve listened to all year Trevor Noah reads his life story with passion, gusto, and unflinching accuracy As a listener the best thing is to hear all the names and languages pronounced correctly, as well as hearing the way he imitates his family members Touching, humorous, and sad, Trevor Noah finds exactly the right words to talk about poverty, the hatred of apartheid, but most of all the love he has for his mother and the love she has for him His mother [...]

    31. UPDATE May 2017 I ve added a P.S regarding the use of the name Hitler 4.5 I began reading this as a memoir rather than a series of separate essays, and I think that was my mistake, not the author s There s not a defined timeline from childhood through adolescence and beyond, so I sometimes wasn t sure how old he was when certain incidents happened.As it turns out, it doesn t really matter This is a difficult story for me, a privileged, Western, white woman, to read about a desperately poor black [...]

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