Book Review – Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime: Stories From a South African ChildhoodBorn a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was an engaging book, difficult to put down yet fast enough to read in a few hours. It tells the story of Trevor Noah’s boyhood and his relationship with his mother, as a mixed race child in a time and place (the twilight hours of apartheid-era South Africa) where having a white father and a Xhosa mother was a criminal offense. He tells stories of growing up – of family, school, and church, childhood pranks, business ventures, friendships, and romantic misadventures of young adulthood, and does it all with a respect, wisdom, and reverence for his surroundings and family. His openness, his deep respect and love for his mother (who is a fascinating, strong-willed character), and his easy-going, humorous narration made this a heartfelt and enjoyable read. It was also a personal, intimate look into post-Apartheid South Africa.

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