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It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Adapted for Young Readers) Paperback – April 7, 2020
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"His mother raised him with an imagination and showed that there were no barriers to whatever he wanted to be. Readers will find this journey through Noah's formative years humorous and exciting." --Booklist
"Startling in its honesty, humor, and humility." --Kirkus Reviews
"For readers who will appreciate the understand how a parent's love enabled Noah to become the successful man he is now." --School Library Journal
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This book is a great (re)awakening and realisation for people to see that racism still exists and so does hunger, poverty and violence. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because it's very funny, perseverant, loving, caring and relatable. However, I felt that the biography didn't flow very well and it was showing different snippets of his life at random times. Though it's a great example for people to see that anything is possible. Even when you start out small, you can finish big, even on TV! I would recommend it though for slightly older readers because of the violence. However, Trevor Noah's comedies are hilarious, you should watch them!
Despite what my daughter has said above, this book must have been more enthralling than she portrays because twice a day, whenever she had read a bit, she would come and relay the story to me (us)..."you know Trevor......". We all definitely became well acquainted with Trevor and his family members as she shared bits and pieces of the story with us along the way - which makes me want to read it too!
Trevor Noah came of age in the immediate post-apartheid years in South Africa. Of course, the effects of apartheid lasted long after Mandela was released from prison and elected President. Trevor Noah’s insights at the ground level add perspective to historical facts.
A theme throughout Born A Crime is the love and dedication Trevor Noah’s mother had for her son. Love and dedication are what mothers provide for their children, but Trevor Noah’s mother provided it better than most.
This reviewer’s copy came with a disclaimer “adapted for young readers”. There is no profane language, but there is some heart-aching violence, so it is not for every “young reader.” This reviewer’s copy also came with a short chapter “apartheid history” written not by Trevor Noah, but an anonymous person in school textbook style. This made “Born a Crime” more of a school assignment than what it should be, a powerful book about a mother’s love amidst a sad chapter in human history.
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"As a kid I understood that people were different colors, but in my head white and black and brown were like types of chocolate. Dad was the white chocolate, mom was the dark chocolate, and I was the milk chocolate. But we were all just chocolate." - Trevor Noah.
Such a stunning book. Born a crime is a splendid autobiography about the famous South African comedian Trevor. As I write this, I can't help but struggle to put few words together about this glorious piece of work. There are a lot of things that this book focuses on, the biggest one being the Apartheid. A severe racial discrimination that went on for about forty years in South Africa, Apartheid is one of the cruelest rights that white men exercised. As the author walks us through his life, he makes sure to let the world know how bad things were back when people were segregated into different colours. White being the most privileged. Born to a black mother and a Swiss- German father, Trevor often felt the brunt of being different.
The book is extremely funny while addressing serious issues. That's a given considering how wonderful a comedian Trevor is. He talks in detail about his childhood, about how he never fit in anywhere for being light-skinned. My favourite parts were when he spoke about his mother, Patricia. She was a headstrong woman who made her way through poverty and taught wonderful values to her son. Her lessons are something that even I would follow for they're all spectacular. Trevor paints a picture about how tough times were back when black people did not have enough opportunities to move forward. There are a thousand quotes by Trevor that affected me more than I thought it would.
This book is not all rainbows. It has the darkest stories of South Africans but the author gracefully narrates everything with a slight tone of hilarity to it. That's what makes it a superb read. It'll probably be one of my favourite reads of this year. It's important that people read and know about Apartheid for we are not taught about it in schools and colleges. A must read for all age groups.
Rating - 5/5.