Honest Book Review of BORN A CRIME STORIES FROM A SOUTH AFRICAN CHILDHO by TREVOR NOAH

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1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The compelling inspiring and comically sublime story of one mans coming of age set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani New York Times USA Today San Francisco Chronicle NPR Esquire Newsday Booklist Trevor Noahs 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 Africas 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 mans relationship with his fearless rebellious and fervently religious motherhis 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 mothers unconventional unconditional love Praise for Born a Crime A compelling new memoir By turns alarming sad and funny Trevor Noahs book provides a harrowing look through the prism of Mr Noahs 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 authors 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 herand 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 People312

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