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Born a Crime – tekijä: Trevor Noah
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Born a Crime (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2016; vuoden 2016 painos)

– tekijä: Trevor Noah (Tekijä)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's 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 BYMichiko Kakutani, New York Times - Newsday - Esquire - NPR - BooklistTrevor 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 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 Africa's 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 man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his 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 mother's unconventional, unconditional love.Praise for Born a Crime " A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, Trevor Noah's] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's 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 author's 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 her--and 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."--People… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Born a Crime
Kirjailijat:Trevor Noah (Tekijä)
Info:Doubleday Canada (2016), Edition: First Edition, 304 pages
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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (tekijä: Trevor Noah) (2016)

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{Stand-alone, non-fiction, auto-biography} (2016)

So my kids are now on home-based-learning for at least the next couple of weeks and I spotted this book, which is my Year 12’s set text for English. Since we like Trevor Noah on ‘The Daily Show’ and my husband occasionally shows us hilarious clips from Noah’s stand-up gigs, I asked to read it but I galloped through it in one night, since he needs it for online classes tomorrow.

This is Noah’s account of growing up as the mixed-race kid of a single (by her choice) black mother in post-apartheid South Africa (whew, that’s a mouthful of labels in one sentence) when the country was being wracked by the changes (not necessarily for the better in the short term) that the end of apartheid brought. His mother, spare daughter/ middle child, always pushing against the boundaries of what black South Africans were allowed under apartheid, wanted a child of her own to love. His father, Swiss/ German Caucasian and thus unconcerned about apartheid laws and older than her, was not interested in marriage but (eventually) agreed to help her have that child, even though it was illegal at that time for a white and a black person to become a couple. And so Trevor was born a crime (or, rather, the evidence of a crime).

Under apartheid the family could not risk Trevor calling his father ‘daddy’ and even when it ended when he was around six, he did not really fit in to black, white or coloured (by South African definition) society as a mixed-race child. This is the story of his childhood in various neighbourhoods of Johannesburg and in its different sectors of its society. This is also a tribute to his deeply religious mother who was his champion, opening new and untested avenues for him in the new South Africa.

She taught me to challenge authority and question the system. The only way it backfired on her was that I constantly challenged and questioned her.

Each chapter has a preface which puts the following chapter in context. The first few chapters explain the history of apartheid in South Africa but from chapter six there are more anecdotes from his early childhood and the book starts to get more interesting. The timeline is not completely linear though it generally moves forward.

It was interesting to discover that ‘black’ South Africans are divided into many different tribes which are kept apart by their language and culture. By virtue of not really belonging to any one society (though his mother is Xhosa), Noah learned a little bit of many different languages including Afrikaans (the language of coloureds and whites) and, of course, English (which, as the language of business, automatically boosted him to the top of heap) which enabled him to blend in with different groups and tribes and even translate between them.

I suspect that the book is partially ghost-written because although Noah’s trademark humour does show through occasionally there are a lot of American idioms, words (‘bring’ instead of ‘take’ although ‘take’ is also correctly used on occasion) and translations for an American audience.

My favourite thing to eat as a kid, and still my favourite dessert of all time, was custard and jelly, what Americans would call Jell-O.

Not that I have a particular objection (although it did give me something of the feeling of being 'an insider on the outside' as Noah puts it) but it was noticeable, especially for a book written by and about someone from a Commonwealth country, and made me feel that it is squarely aimed at American readers.

I probably would have benefited from reading this over a longer time period. Interesting and amusing but not as much as I was expecting (probably unfairly) based on what I’ve seen of him on tv.

3-3.5***

NB: I notice that many other reviewers listened to the audio book. I suspect that hearing Trevor Noah tell his own story must have been an amazing experience and that I would have given this book a higher rating if I had listened to it too rather than reading it.

* My apologies if the use of the words ‘black’, ‘white’ or ‘coloured’ offends anyone but those are the words and the way that they are used in this book. ( )
  humouress | May 26, 2021 |
I enjoy watching Noah on The Daily Show. Had never heard of him before that and knew next to nothing about him. But even if I'd never heard of him before listening to his memoir, I'd have found it very interesting. And having him tell his own story made it even better. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys memoirs. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
I listened to the book on Audible, and this was a great way to experience it. There was an intimacy to hearing Noah tell his own story, and I marveled at his ability to drop fluently into a variety of different African languages and accents. His life was extraordinary and his observations on how injustice and poverty act on people's choices and characters are apt. I found the sequence of events confusing -- he jumped around in time -- but all in all, I feel I've broadened my perspective on the world from this book. ( )
  AmphipodGirl | May 23, 2021 |
If you are a fan of Trevor Noah on the Daily show, this book will interest you! This book tells the story of Trevor’s years of growing up, and the affects that post-apartheid had on his family. It will have you laugh out loud when hearing of how much of a sh!t-disturber he was, always challenging the norm and getting in trouble from it, but it will also have you sad and angry on the extreme poverty that existed and how difficult it was to be a person of colour be able to succeed in these conditions that did everything it could to push you down. Definitely a recommended read for those familiar with who Trevor Noah is and his brutally honest humour. Enjoy! :) ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
Effortlessly charming. This book dodges the mistake of trying too hard to make some profound reflection on Apartheid and instead shows us its effects through the eyes of a restless young boy whose natural inclinations test its limits. Noah’s indomitable mother Patricia kept the stories grounded in a no nonsense practicality that kept his humor from ever devolving into the glib. I am in as much awe of Patricia as I’m sure Noah is and intended his readers to be. Funny and poignant at all the right times. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's 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 BYMichiko Kakutani, New York Times - Newsday - Esquire - NPR - BooklistTrevor 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 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 Africa's 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 man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his 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 mother's unconventional, unconditional love.Praise for Born a Crime " A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, Trevor Noah's] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's 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 author's 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 her--and 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."--People

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