Born a Crime was a really funny book to listen to.
I suggest listening to it because Trevor Noah is such a great storyteller and you won’t have the effect if you read it.
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah Book Summary and Review
Born a Crime Book Summary
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.
My Book Review for Born a Crime
This book was a fun escape from my usual thriller reads.
I probably would have liked it more if he shared more information about his climb to success because I love hearing the business side of successful people’s lives (but that’s my bad for not reading the cover of the book to actually see what it was about.)
My Born a Crime Book Recommendation
If you like Trevor Noah or watch his show, then this book is a must-listen.
Not read, listen!
My Born a Crime Rating
I give Born a Crime 4 out of 5 stars.
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