Born a Crime
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 s ...more
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by Trevor Noah
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I was really surprised when Trevor Noah was named Jon Stewart's successor on The Daily Show . I inherently knew that they wouldn't pick someone with a sense of humor and style identical to Stewart's, but I felt that Noah was so different that his selection meant the show would have a really different feel, which might not appeal to long-time fans of the show. But I always root for the underdog, so as he was getting savaged by critics and fans in his first few days on the ...more
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I’d highly recommend watching a few before reading this riveting memoir.
In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah takes us on a journey from his childhood being born a crime in apartheid South Africa. Trevor was born to a w ...more
Despite a few inaccuracies in his tale, it remains a well-told story that kept me reading and reading until the very end. Trevor Noah has that intelligent kindness like an astral light around him. He has that look of wisdom and experience in his eyes which allow people to like and want to listen to him. He is a gentle soul. I guess he can thank his mom for that. She was on his case, saving his ...more
Funny guy- The very charming Trevor Noah
"People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing."Trevor Noah
By the time Trevor Noah was born in 1984, Apartheid, the system that institutionalized segregation an ...more
Noah has a way of really drawing you in, and making you feel as though you are there with him, experiencing his memori ...more
There is so much to love about this collection of essays by Trevor Noah about his life growing up in South Africa. He was born during the ...more
I became a chameleon. My color didn't change, but I could change your perception of my color.
I really wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Imagine being born from a black mother and a white father in a country where interracial relationships were against the law. This would mean that because you are colored you could not be seen with both of your parents (or they with each other) or stay in the same area as them. I think I learned more about apartheid, as well ...more
Also, celebrity autobiographies: not really my thing (barring the odd exception).
But that title demands curiosity: how can someone be born a crime? So, I picked up the book in a bookstore, read the dust jacket, and thought Hey, this seems like it might be good. I then put the book down and promptly forgot about the whole thing.
Of course, then I began to see it p ...more
Trevor Noah, a comedian and the current host of 'The Daily Show' is a very funny guy.....and I expected this memoir to be full of witty jokes. It's not. The book is about Trevor growing up in South Africa when apartheid was coming to an end. Apartheid and it's aftermath left the impoverished black population of South Africa with hard lives and few opportunities. Nevertheless, Trevor infuses his story with hope and humor.
Trevor was born in 1984, to a white Swiss father and a black mothe ...more
The books is as much history lesson as autobiography. Noah does a great job explaining apartheid and the issues facing South Africa. He uses his own experience to make you truly understand apartheid ...more
Listening to this story was like having Trevor Noah in my living room, sharing some tea and rusks. A brilliant tale of growing up during the Apartheid era - not something I was affected by - and the impact it had on his family and lifestyle. These are the anecdotes which should be shared with our youth so that they have perspective on how fortunate their lives are today.
I can ...more
Some days you'll find me binge-watching videos from the Tonight show with Trevor Noah for the simple reason that Trevor is one of the funniest comedians I discovered this year and his program always deals with such interesting topics in the lightest way possible. When I discovered that he had written a book I, of course, marked it as to be read as soon as I found it out. I already kinda knew the story of his life back in Africa because he always talks ab ...more
Until reading this very book for some reason I have associated Memoirs and Biographies with people who are in the evening of their life or have suffered through some extremely horrific catastrophe. I don't know why. I think I just did. But this book actually makes me feel inspired to add more memoirs and biographies to my reading diet. After all, every life is full of experiences. Every experience has a story. We all have a lot to tell.
I listened to the audio version ...more
This is perhaps the most remarkable celebrity memoir I’ve ever read. I am a hyperbolic person by nature, but I’m really hard pressed to remember one that’s made this big an impression on me. Not just because of the content--which is at times heartbreaking and mindblowing--but also becaus ...more
Noah was born in South Africa while it was still under the system of apartheid. He is the product of a black woman from the Xhosa tribe and a white Swiss father, who broke the racial purity laws that could have landed them in jail for several years if their "crime" ...more
(Look at his cheeky little face!)
I didn’t have particularly high expectations for this. I always thought he was a good comedian who came across well on QI (a surprisingly difficult feat), and did some good stand-up, but I didn’t have any strong feelings about him.
I was also of the opinion that no-one aged under fifty should publish a memoir (an opinion formed through reading I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot b ...more
Growing up in a religious household he didn't know m ...more
When I learned that Stewart was quitting and was being replaced by this unknown comedian, I was saddened. Because I knew things ...more
This book could be my favorite this year... It's hard for me to comprehend that, as I've read quite a few really, really good books this year, but this one in particular was so informative and interesting and heartfelt and charming. I'm sure the audio version is amazing. I'll have to give it a listen sometime, maybe beg my local library to add it to their digital collection.
I'm a fan of Trevor Noah. I think he's charming and intelligent, and I think he's done a good job on The Daily Show. I enjo ...more
So when I saw that he had a memoir out, I thought, cool, I can find out more about this man.
And find out I did. This is an amazing memoir, espcially for Americans who have heard of Aprtaid, knew it exisited, knew there was a country called South Afirca, but that was about as much as t ...more
First, go watch Trevor Noah. Then, read this in his voice. Such dark, anglo-humour that's sure to elicit laughs, gasps, and maybe even a few tears from around the Commonwealth.
Because the Americans just won't get it. It hits a little too close to home for them.
Also, as usual, the real hero of his life is his mother.
Glorious. This book is absolutely glorious. I’m so in love right now, I can barely function. This memoir is unquestionable one of the most engaging books I’ve ever read, filled with such greatly vivid and riveting anecdotes, made more profound and unforgettable by the fact that they're true.
I don’t watch The Daily Show, other than a few occasional clips on social media, and I never followed this guy before, so I decided to read this book solely because of t ...more
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