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Born a Crime - Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

Author Trevor Noah

  • Published: 2016-11-15
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
4.5 Stars
From 212 Customers Review
Price: $13.99


The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.
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 eighteen personal essays 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.

Top Customer Reviews

  • Excellent book

    From MaryJolie614
    Gives a great perspective on being born as a biracial person during the apartheid era in South Africa. Trevor paints beautifully the struggles with easy imagery for the reader to understand his life. Great read and very informative!
  • Born a Crime

    From Sabinacabo
    This book is funny, shocking, informative, and so very sad that you cant help but laugh. I have learnt so much about how horrific and how long Apartheid lasted and the horrors of it. We never learn about this in Canada. As Trevor writes I can hear his voice narrating. What a wonderful book about the love between a Mother and her son.
  • Intriguing

    From Invester
    This is the only book I read so fast. I love the real life story and got a glimpse of what was like living in South Africa as a colored or black.
  • Born a crime

    From trap21
    What a wonderful family story. The strength that Trevor Noah's mother possess is remarkable. I laughed, and cried throughout out this book! Bravo
  • Best book ever!!

    From Ellkir
    Emotional and hilarious at the same time!!
  • Great Read!

    From Roxeigh
    All at once compelling, sad, and funny, Born a Crime was a fantastic read about apartheid, determination, guts and triumph, and I had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend it!
  • I savoured reading this book!

    From Dlj456
    Fascinating read; keeps you interested and amazed throughout. Trevor's mom is a supernatural believer in faith
  • Born a Crime

    From karma63
    This is one of the best autobiographies I have ever read. I was in tears at the end. It's hard to find the words. I love Trevor Noah, and I feel he was the perfect person to take over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart and I watch him every night. I knew he was from South Africa but had not heard any details about his life. After everything that his mother went through raising him, I would love to know how she feels about his success.
  • Born a crime

    From Stankirk
    This story will teach you about apartheid, about the importance of belonging, having and being a friend. Above all it's about love, faith, and the ability to see the humour in life no matter what your going through. Great read. Loved it.