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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
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it was amazing
bookshelves: africa-today, human-interest, memoir, politics, young-adult

Trevor Noah has produced an amazing book covering his youthful memories fo growing up under apartheid in The Republic of South Africa. His stories are at times humorous, at others heart-rending, as he describes growing up as young man caught by his mixed racial birthright between two opposing world views: initially White African dominance and Black African subservience and rebellion in the beginning and then the reverse situation following the end of the apartheid system and Nelson Mandella's ascent to power. Throughout the book, he is able to show how his racial mixture could be at times a key to unlocking opportunity when it came to selling white contraband to black associates, and yet at other times he was caught in a racial trap of not being accepted as either a white person under apartheid, nor a black person under black African majority rule. The author's nimble wit, ability to think on his feet and opportunistic personality helped him glide through the cracks of society to climb the stairway to success. Trevor Noah demonstrates how resiliency and drive can at times overcome nearly insurmountable odds. I recommend this book to both adults and youth of all races as an excellent stepping off point towards discussions that try to reconcile our human dilemma of dealing with persons who think, act, appear, speak and understand the world differently from our own narrow backgrounds and upbringing.

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Reading Progress

November 18, 2019 – Started Reading
November 27, 2019 – Finished Reading
November 29, 2019 – Shelved
November 29, 2019 – Shelved as: africa-today
November 29, 2019 – Shelved as: human-interest
November 29, 2019 – Shelved as: memoir
November 29, 2019 – Shelved as: politics
November 29, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult

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