Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Stories from a South African Childhood

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • Newsday • Esquire • NPR • Booklist

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.

Praise for Born a Crime

"[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah's] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author's remarkable mother."-Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"[An] unforgettable memoir."-Parade

"What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her-and an enormous gift to the rest of us."-USA Today

"[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar."-People

"[Noah's] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class."-Booklist (starred review)

"A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations."-Kirkus Reviews
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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 304
Erscheinungsdatum 15.11.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-399-58817-4
Verlag Spiegel & Grau
Maße (L/B/H) 24,1/16,3/3,2 cm
Gewicht 512 g
Verkaufsrang 2.535
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„Emotional rollercoaster“

Cassandra Trillhose, Thalia-Buchhandlung Berlin

You do not need to know Trevor Noah to read this book. What pulled me in was the premise of a biographical approach to a South African childhood.
This was the most emotional book I've read this year. While reading this book I laughed out loud out of joy, so you might not want to read this one on the subway. Even though the overall tone was kept very light, this book also put tears in my eyes. Witty and funny in some parts, and utterly saddening in others.
I would summarize it as a thought provoking love letter of a young man for his mother.
You do not need to know Trevor Noah to read this book. What pulled me in was the premise of a biographical approach to a South African childhood.
This was the most emotional book I've read this year. While reading this book I laughed out loud out of joy, so you might not want to read this one on the subway. Even though the overall tone was kept very light, this book also put tears in my eyes. Witty and funny in some parts, and utterly saddening in others.
I would summarize it as a thought provoking love letter of a young man for his mother.

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Loveletter to a mother
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Regensburg am 30.05.2018
Bewertet: eBook (ePUB)

Dieses Buch ist weniger ein Memoir als ein Liebesbrief an eine tolle Frau. Obwohl es in Born A Crime eigentlich um Trevor Noah geht, zieht sich die Geschichte seiner Mutter und ihr Einfluss auf Noah's Leben wie ein roter Faden durch die Erzählung. Erschreckend fand ich, wie wenig ich tatsächlich... Dieses Buch ist weniger ein Memoir als ein Liebesbrief an eine tolle Frau. Obwohl es in Born A Crime eigentlich um Trevor Noah geht, zieht sich die Geschichte seiner Mutter und ihr Einfluss auf Noah's Leben wie ein roter Faden durch die Erzählung. Erschreckend fand ich, wie wenig ich tatsächlich über Südafrika und die Apartheit weiß. Ein erster Einblick kratzt mit Sicherheit nur an der Oberfläche der Geschichte Südafrikas. Am Ende bleibt jedem Leser aber auch eine andere Erkenntnis: Wer sich nicht zumindest ein bisschen in Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah verliebt, hat das Buch nicht verstanden.

Funny and thoughtful
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Frauenfeld am 13.02.2017
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Real fun to read. Trevor Noah has this special way to make you laugh and at the same time make you think about serious issues of discrimination that you should never stop discussing and thinking about. A special insight on a colored childhood under apartheid in South Africa. You... Real fun to read. Trevor Noah has this special way to make you laugh and at the same time make you think about serious issues of discrimination that you should never stop discussing and thinking about. A special insight on a colored childhood under apartheid in South Africa. You will for sure enjoy reading it.

Growing Up as a Mixed Child During Apartheid
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 27.01.2017
Bewertet: Taschenbuch

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... 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.