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Born A Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood

WINNER OF THE THURBER PRIZE

The compelling, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life. As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides viewers around the globe with their nightly dose of biting satire, but here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers a deeply personal, heartfelt and humorous look at the world that shaped him.

Noah was born a crime, son of 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 first 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, take him away.

A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born a Crime tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing into a restless young man as he struggles to find his place in a world where he was never supposed to exist. Born a Crime is equally the story of that young man's fearless, rebellious and fervently religious mother - a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens her own life.

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, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and an unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a personal portrait of an unlikely childhood in a dangerous time, as moving and unforgettable as the very best memoirs and as funny as Noah's own hilarious stand-up. Born a Crime is a must read.

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An engaging, fast-paced and vivid read . . . Essential reading not only because it is a personal story of survival, leavened with insight and wit, but because it does more to expose apartheid - its legacy, its pettiness, its small-minded stupidity and its damage - than any other recent history book or academic text GUARDIAN
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Noah, Trevor
Born under apartheid to a black South African mother and a white European father, Trevor Noah's improbable rise to stardom led to his sold-out one-man show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival that became one of the most talked-about shows at the festival that year. He has appeared on QI, 8 Out of 10 Cats, The Royal Variety Performance and Live at the Apollo. In 2015 Noah succeeded Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 304
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4736-3530-2
Verlag Hodder And Stoughton
Maße (L/B/H) 19,8/12,8/2,5 cm
Gewicht 218 g
Verkaufsrang 20.303
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Sehr toll
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Wien am 06.01.2019
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Ein sehr interessantes Buch . Kann man nur weiter empfehlen:))))

Loveletter to a mother
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Regensburg am 30.05.2018
Bewertet: Format: 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: gebundene Ausgabe

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.