#LipglossmaffiaBookclub: Born A Crime|| Trevor Noah…
Welcome back to book review session of the blog! I hope you have been keeping up with the #ReadingChallenge? We are almost done with the first half of the year and I have read so many interesting books already. Been introduced to so many new authors, local and international ones and the best part is the new friends I have made on Instagram in the reading community(#Bookstagram). These reviews only comes up twice a month but I do post other books that I’m reading on Instagram, so you should definitely check out @lipglossmaffia for more book recommendations. Meanwhile, if you would like to keep up with the challenge, here is the 2017 reading challenge.
For my tenth pick, I chose…
*An Autobiography or Biography
Title: Born A Crime: Stories From A South African Childhood
Pages: 908 (e-book)
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Genre: Non Fiction, Autobiography
Release Date: 2016
My Ratings: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Summary: Born A Crime tells a story of a boy born at a time when it was a capital offense for a white person to have sex, later alone have a child with a black person. It reveals his Xhosa mother’s deliberate, almost calculated effort to go against the law so as to have him with a white man of Swiss origin. This dangerous beginning would come to rob him of adequate time with his father, present major identity difficulties and at the same time accord him privileges that many black kids would never know- both within and outside his community.
My darling, Trevor Noah, awesome host of The Daily Show takes his experiences growing up in South Africa and puts them together in Born a Crime for our entertainment and enlightenment. 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.
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 an interesting mix of heartbreak and humour. There is no denying that Noah’s childhood was not easy. He talks extensively about trying to find a place for himself at school and in life. He was too White for the Black kids and too Black for the White kids. As a child, what do you do when you have nowhere to belong?
Unless it wasn’t abundantly clear already, Trevor Noah is an intelligent man. Born a Crime documents the way he viewed the world and used his situation to his advantage while living in South Africa. He learned dozens of languages, either in part or in full, in order to survive the endless dangers of his hometown. He found a way to make money and build himself a tiny empire using only a computer and his wits. He took what was given to him, which was, honestly, next to nothing, and found a way to make his life fulfilling.
Noah’s mother has a huge impact on the stories presented in this memoir because she had a huge impact on her son. Strong, independent, stubborn, reliable, hardworking, clever, pious, strict, and loving, Trevor makes it explicitly clear that his mother is the reason he turned out the way he did. We should all give thanks to her.
Her story is tragic, as is growing up under Apartheid, but despite their circumstances, both led vibrant lives in which they became partners in an us-against-the-world kind of way. Hearing Noah speak about his mother infuses you with a warmth and respect for a woman you have never met, and yet that feeling is as genuine as they come.
Born a Crime will certainly make you laugh far more than it’ll make you cry, but don’t be so bold as to put the tissues away before the final chapter of the book. This memoir is a lesson in humility, love, faith, and perseverance. Hopefully it will affect you as strongly as it has affected me, especially if you are so lucky as to be able to listen to Noah narrate the book himself on Audible.
These are some of my favourite bits from the book.
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