Born a Crime - Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

By Trevor Noah

  • Release Date: 2016-11-15
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 5
5
From 1,991 Ratings

Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York TimesUSA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • Booklist

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 stories 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.

Praise for Born a Crime

 “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“[An] unforgettable memoir.”Parade

 “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today

“[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People

Reviews

  • I relate

    5
    By dara_lola
    I was genuinely shocked when I reached the end. I kept looking for a new chapter. This book is the epitome that is Trevor Noah-So good funny and serious. And being an African myself I found it to be so relatable. Well done sir.
  • Loved it

    5
    By angelipskiss
    It was a funny and yet serious book. I can hear Trevor tell his childhood stories. I enjoyed every memory he shared.
  • Great Book

    5
    By MajjyBoy
    Extremely touching tale. I love the way the history of apartheid and it’s effect on South Africa was told to provide context for your narrative. If there is a book about your come-up in the comedy from South Africa to the U.S. I’d love to hear it.
  • EPIC across the board. I couldn’t get enough of it.

    5
    By LICIOUS BABE
    A read of its own kind. Not only are you taken through the history of apartheid in South Africa, it depicts a different angle of a mother’s love. I enjoyed Patricia, her faith, love and strength. It really is quite a thrill to be taken through this journey by Trevor Noah, understanding his back ground and seeing how accomplished he’s turned out to be. I highly recommend this book.
  • Hahaha

    5
    By Mutzica
    Trevor … Tsung-hele!! (I don’t know if I spelled that correctly.) What a great way to write your memoir. I listened to this and not only did I laugh a lot, but I learned a lot as well.
  • Amazing Story, left with new perspective

    5
    By AboveLoveee3
    Being an American, I’ve heard about the apartheid and thought i had a general understanding but reading Trevor Noah’s experience growing up in South Africa gave me so much more insight. I see how the similarities that we experience here in America. It’s also very interesting to read about his upbringing and his childhood. Very unique and inspiring story with many lessons to learn from. Would definitely recommend and would read again!
  • Fantastic Story!

    5
    By JQ1206
    This book was amazing. I have never felt so connected to someone’s past. All the way from Trevor as a little boy to Trevor as a growing adult; I was inspired. Definitely a book worth sharing and reading again! After this. I hope to meet Trevor one day!
  • Great read

    5
    By Marcici1983
    Witty... Reminds me too much of my eleven year old and myself.
  • Thankyou

    5
    By Ft1528
    I really admire you for putting this story down into a book,by sharing Your story , You helped me a lot,thank You .I hope one day I will be also able to share my story so I can move on ,memories and feelings are heavy burdens to bear . your Mom raised you really well, And you are great human being haha
  • Fun read and entertainkng

    4
    By cyril serafin
    Trevor Noah is an excellent story teller, who gives us plenty of anecdotes about how his childhood shaped him. He allows readers to reflect on the intersections of the human experience as it pertains to marginalized groups. Through his narrative, Noah implicates the struggle of identity to our everyday lives, by looking at his life as a boy having survived apartheid. I love this book because it feels like even though Noah has lived in vastly different worlds, his experience is still like mine. He touches on feelings of love, hate, shame, passion, misunderstandings, class, race, and best of all, humor.