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Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime New York Times bestseller about one mans coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.Trevor Noahs 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 Africas 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 ...

Title : Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood
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ISBN : 9780385689229
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages
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Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood Reviews

  • Chrissie

    ETA: The more I think about this book after having finished it, the more 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.

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    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
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  • Didi

    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 m ...more

  • Matthew Quann

    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 odd exception).

    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 p
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  • Sam

    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 experienc
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  • Malia

    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 more 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 memori
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  • Lori



    This is great! I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read it. A celebrity memoir by a mixed-race guy who was born in South Africa under apartheid didn’t sound like it would be a smart, funny, and charming pleasure to read, but it is. Not that he minimizes the circumstances, but there more fact than lamentation. It’s a shame about those people who don’t enjoy audiobooks. His performance adds to fantastic storytelling.



    The stories from his childhood reminded me of something Art Linkletter said about the c

    ”Dear Lord, please protect us, um, you know, from whoever did this, like, we don’t know what happened exactly and maybe it was a big misunderstanding and, you know, maybe we shouldn’t be quick to judge when we don’t know the whole story and, I mean, of course you know best, Heavenly Father, but maybe this time it wasn’t actually a demon, because who can say for certain, so maybe cut whoever it was a break…”


    I love his mother.

    Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah

    While this is Trevor's story, but it very much a loving tribute to her.

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  • Esil

    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. ...more

  • Elyse

    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 con
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