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Born a Crime

Stories from a South African Childhood

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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
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] substantial collection of staggering personal essays . . . Incisive, funny, and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious, and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself-and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . [Trevor 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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"[A] substantial collection of staggering personal essays . . . Incisive, funny, and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious, and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself-and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . [Trevor 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 Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 304
Erscheinungsdatum 15.11.2016
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-399-59044-3
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 233/156/25 mm
Gewicht 352
Verkaufsrang 493
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Growing Up as a Mixed Child During Apartheid
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 27.01.2017

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.

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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.

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super!
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Baden-Baden am 17.01.2017
Bewertet: Einband: Taschenbuch

Ich habe durch dieses Buch so viel gelernt - über die Apartheid und Südafrika, über verschiedene Kulturen und Mentalitäten, über Rassismus... über Menschen - und gleichzeitig so viel gelacht! Manche Anekdoten sind einfach unvergesslich lustig. Ein wunderbares Buch!

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