Today I bring you a good I won in a giveaway. It’s Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I was more than delighted to receive this one as I had wanted to read for ages!
The Plot (according to Goodreads):
The memoir of 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.
This was such a fascinating read!
I learned so much about South Africa and its history. In school, we didn’t really hear anything about that country, so I was more than curious to find out more.
We get to follow Trevor Noah’s life here. Sometimes it’s funny, sometimes it’s sad, but most of the time it’s simply touching in some way.
Even though it had its sad moments, it was a delight to read the book.
All the little stories included are interesting and I had to laugh a lot throughout.
Even if you are not a fan of Trevor Noah, or don’t even have a clue who he is, this is a great book to read. It’s educating, provides a lot of food for thought, and will make both cry and smile. I rarely read non-fiction but Born a Crime was definitely a win for me.
This is one of the rare occasions where I would really recommend a book to everybody, no matter what he or she usually reads. We all can learn a thing or two from this one!
Did you read this book? Let me know in the comments what you think!