Saturday, June 17, 2017
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
First off, I really enjoy Trevor Noah on The Daily Show and any guest interviews I've seen him do over time. I also enjoyed his stand-up special Afraid of the Dark and will be looking to find his other specials. I'd heard many good things about this memoir of his, so when it was on sale, I snapped it up!
The book deals with Trevor's childhood in South Africa, growing up first in apartheid and then after the fall of apartheid. The written word sound just like him talking in my head, which I think is good, seeing as it's a memoir, right? Anyway, it's filled with lots of laughter and love, but there is also a lot of insight into apartheid and racism and bigotry of all sorts woven into the tales of the boy Trevor. I thought I knew about apartheid, but I learned so much more reading Trevor's story.
It's also a love letter to his mother in many ways. A fiercely independent woman when the times were not ready for independent women, she was obviously the light of his life. They didn't have it easy. There was abuse, emotional and physical, from Trevor's stepfather, but he tells the stories in the same tone that he tells the rest of his story that I didn't find myself getting upset, just quietly horrified. I don't know if that makes any sense, but there you go.
So yes, I loved this book and have been recommending it all over the place even though I wasn't finished reading it! *LOL* And now that I've finished, I shall definitely continue!!