With "Born a Crime" South-African comedian Trevor Noah has written a book that's not only eye-opening and thought-provoking, but also touching and at times hilarious.
In this book Noah talks about what it was like for him to grow up as a mixed child during apartheid and the hard times that followed. He shares stories from his childhood and youth which made me alternately laugh out loud and shake my head in disbelief. Above all this is not just a coming-of-age story under difficult circumstances, though, but a declaration of love to the strong and independent woman that is Trevor Noah's mother.
I really loved this book. I can honestly say that I've not only learned more about the comedian's personal background but also about the complexity of a dark part of South-African history.
The only point of critique would be that this book isn't told in the chronologically right order which would have made it easier and at times less confusing to read.
I recommend "Born a Crime" to fans of the author as well as to people who are interested in reading a true story about life during apartheid.
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