Born A Crime

Born A Crime

Stories From A South African Childhood

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CMLibrary_Veronica Mar 23, 2021

I really enjoyed this book. On top of loving Trevor Noah and thinking he his hilarious, I think his personality just pours out of this book in a way other memoirs don't. There are definitely some parts of the book that you can just hear him talking in your head and I love that. I do wish I listened to it because I've heard great things about the audiobook, but I'm afraid it wouldn't have been able to keep my attention to finish it. I'm glad I read it, also, because learning the words and seeing how different words are spelled is something I'm super interested in.

ANYWAYS! I loved this book. I love Trevor Noah. I love how different his story is. I wish I could sit down and talk to him for hours about all the things he's experienced because it doesn't feel like this book is enough. I definitely recommend if you're a fan of his or if you just need a good read, this is one! I really hope he continues writing.

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maggielo
Mar 11, 2021

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raychantler
Mar 03, 2021

A terrific read. Trevor Noah has led a very different life than most of us; his story is enlightening and at times hilarious. Highly recommended.

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aayush0215
Feb 01, 2021

Noah is the host of the Daily Show, on Comedy Central, and the way he talks on that show is really apparent in the book as well. HIs ability to turn anything into humor made me laugh constantly while reading this memoir. However, at the same time, I appreciated how he was able to get serious about issues such as racism and explain the type of violence black people experienced in their own country from colonization from Europeans. This book really helped me draw some parallels between black peoples’ experiences in South Africa and the United States, and deepened my understanding of the systematic racism that can dehumanize an entire population. This type of mix between humor at times and discussion of serious issues at others makes this a phenomenal book to read.

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Linyarai
Jan 20, 2021

I love Trevor Noah, and this book did not let me down. It was a very honest and educational tale of his childhood in South Africa, what it was like growing up, and how apartheid affecting everything. Easily one of the best biographies I've read, and I look forward to his next one.

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rosevazquez1
Jan 12, 2021

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah; this novel is composed of short stories about Trevor Noah’s life. He has lived a very eventful life, and some of these stories may shock you. He talked about his life experiences in Africa, growing up of mixed race and not knowing where he exactly fit in society. Having born in his country during Apartheid, he and his family ran the risk in the society they live just for being alive and of mixed race. I personally really like this novel. I thought it was very interesting since everything was based on true events. Even though there are some characters in this book that I didn't care for being abusive and toxic, I overall recommend this book as a great read. I believe the age range should be between 12-17 years. 5/5 star rating

pacl_teens Dec 02, 2020

Many have heard of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, an African comedian. However, few know about what goes behind his work, his story, his background. Noah's coming of age memoir talks about what it was like to grow up in South Africa as a mixed child. Behind his remarkable success lies abuse, bullying, violence, and poverty. As the son of a white father and a black mother, he could never fit in. He describes his heartbreaking story with sprinkles of humor and laughter, and I would highly recommend this book for a variety of audiences. Through relatable, tragic, and hilarious moments, Noah tells an amazing tale. -Olivia, Grade 10

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njasujalibrary
Nov 30, 2020

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah is the autobiography of Trevor Noah. He describes his early life from his contraception to his adulthood. Three significant parental figures in Trevor’s life are his African American mother who tries to ensure that her son is not trapped by apartheid and grows up to be a respectable man, his abusive step-father, and his white father whom Trevor is separated from because of the system of apartheid. I loved this book because Trevor Noah makes hilarious jokes, provides thought-provoking commentary, and shows the intriguing way that Trevor’s skin color affects his life as a colored person. I would recommend this book for teenagers and adults, but not for children because there are a few parts that are inappropriate for children.

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mattfromthecity
Nov 20, 2020

This is really enjoyable, there's a lot of laughs sprinkled in some deep, personal and painful memories, but if you are a fan of Trevor's comedy or his work on television you will probably enjoy this book, as well. Even though this was written several years ago, his memories of apartheid come off as extremely relevant today, and if nothing else, seeing that world through the eyes of the oppressed, and not oppressor, is worth your time.

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1234ravenmore
Nov 04, 2020

Trevor Noah: Born a Crime
By Trevor Noah

This book is definitely a great way to see struggle from apartheid in Africa, and it was so funny. There were points in the story where I was confused whether to laugh or cry because of the unfairness. You could definitely see how much the author loved his mom and it was just a fantastic collection of vignettes. Born a Crime is definitely a book I would recommend to many people.

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Debramsey
Oct 15, 2020

Excellent - what an amazing mother - will recommend to others! TY Nita!

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qianhaha
Sep 23, 2020

Funny stories, smart business tactics, this book is great. I would recommend it to anyone looking for some intriguing stories; it captivated me. The business tactics are really smart, as well. I learned a lot from just reading about Trevor Noah - a kid who was street smart. I really enjoyed the listen (I listened to the audiobook instead of reading the book).
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Cidherman
Sep 21, 2020

Well written, fascinating book . I feel enriched for having read it.

Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2020

I was not familiar with Trevor Noah prior to cracking his memoir, BORN A CRIME. I can tell you, that it in no way diminished my enjoyment of his book, or my appreciation of him, for allowing a glimpse into a world that was completely foreign to me.

It is a great story and touches on so many relevant aspects of humans and our social
constraints and boundaries. Noah was born in South Africa near the end of Apartheid. He grew up in a part of that world, in circumstances that I could never have known or understood, without him having so generously shared it, by telling his story.

If you want to make your life richer and fuller by understanding racism, crime, poverty, education, politics, and feminism and abuse in ways you've never looked at them before, BORN A CRIME is your ticket to see the world through someone elses eyes.

This is a great book and a opportunity for readers to experience life in a time and place that is completely different from how most of us grew up.

Well written, fascinating book. I feel enriched for having read it!

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Cidherman
Sep 14, 2020

Well written, fascinating book. I feel enriched for having read it.

Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2020

I was not familiar with Trevor Noah prior to cracking his memoir, BORN A CRIME. I can tell you, that it in no way diminished my enjoyment of his book, or my appreciation of him, for allowing a glimpse into a world that was completely foreign to me.

It is a great story and touches on so many relevant aspects of humans and our social
constraints and boundaries. Noah was born in South Africa near the end of Apartheid. He grew up in a part of that world, in circumstances that I could never have known or understood, without him having so generously shared it, by telling his story.

If you want to make your life richer and fuller by understanding racism, crime, poverty, education, politics, and feminism and abuse in ways you've never looked at them before, BORN A CRIME is your ticket to see the world through someone elses eyes.

This is a great book and a opportunity for readers to experience life in a time and place that is completely different from how most of us grew up.

Well written, fascinating book. I feel enriched for having read it.

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Ivy_Digest
Sep 13, 2020

Even if you don't know this charismatic TV host and stand up comedian, his story of racism is eye-opening yet engaging. With wit and heart, Trevor weaves an unforgettable childhood of growing up light-skinned in a country that punishes mixed relations. His courageous mom tried to hide him and he wasn't accepted in school for being neither pure black nor pure white. With his signature humor, Trevor retells his youthful indiscretions and how he tried to find friends and direction in life. I recommend this to all readers just because it's so well-written. A kid version is available "It's Trevor Noah Born A Crime".--@IvyDigest
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ChadTSmith
Aug 31, 2020

Trevor Noah's born a crime is a comical yet intriguing autobiography about his life in South Africa. It provides an example of how a mixed-race child dealt with South African life during the period of Apartheid. Trevor Noah's commentary makes this book a pleasure to read during casual moments but it is incorporated in a way that does not detract from the serious themes in the novel. Another thing I personally enjoyed was Trevor's mother and the various mother and son moments the book had. They treated each other as equals which gave Trevor more expression in the relationship, however, if it is needed his mother would take charge to do whatever is best for the family. The only parts of the book that I didn't like were moments where there were no jokes or serious moments but those are few and far between. I recommend reading it!

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KaedonC
Aug 07, 2020

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah is an autobiography about Trevor's life in Africa. Trevor was born a crime as it was illegal for different races to marry and have children in Africa. The story starts in Trevor's early life when he was introduced to Judaism, but wasn't forced to convert. Growing up, Trevor's mom stressed independence and free thought as well as all the values of Judaism. In Trevor's whole early life, he couldn't be seen with his parents and had to have his mother's friends pose as his mother. Trevor struggled to fit in at school as he didn't know which group to play with. Later in high school, Trevor had to start a lunch delivery business to move up and be accepted by his fellow classmates. After highschool, he started getting into comedy in 2002 and has been on ever since. I found the fact that Trevor burned down a house and did petty crimes to be unexpected. Trevor had a rough, but loving relationship with his mother as he was always getting in trouble. Trevor didn't see his dad much and could only meet in secret. Trevor talks about politics and race in a kind of close way as he has been through a lot. I would recommend this book to middle schoolers interested in learning about racial problems.

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sapbear
Jun 30, 2020

Wow! Trevor Noah's stories are educational, enlightening, hilarious, horrifying and important. Even though the book is based in South Africa, so much is relevant to America today. A must read. In fact, I even just ordered copies for my nieces and my son.

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myhypatia
Jun 28, 2020

I have only just begun reading and listening to this. Already, I like his style of storytelling. Having also watched some of his comedy shows online, I fell in love with his intelligent, articulate, yet comedic personality as a storyteller. Can’t wait to finish this book!

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BWilsoned
May 30, 2020

Wow! This was quite an eye-opener for me. Trevor Noah shares his childhood experiences in South Africa. Who knew he was a CD-pirating, DJ entrepreneur? What kind of lasting effects have helped or hindered him in his adult life? I cannot even imagine a world in which I could not call my dad, dad in public, or one in which my mother was often mistaken for my nanny. Being ‘colored’ in a black-and-White world made for a liminal existence. His parents must be quite proud of him and they had a part in what a great human he is today.

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patcarstensen
May 27, 2020

Patricia Noah raised a great man.

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evanbrow
Apr 30, 2020

Greatly enjoyed reading this book of stories focused on the South African upbringing of a rambunctious, witty, mixed-race young man. It is funny, educational, and gripping. By itself, the last story is worth it alone. Unpacking the colonial devastation that the South African apartheid regime is reason enough for this book to be important, but pairing that with the day-to-day of friendship, love, school, and semi-legal hustling breathes life into understanding a holistic view of the country.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Apr 27, 2020

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is an anecdotal autobiography by comedian Trevor Noah. Many people just know Trevor Noah as the host of the daily show but in this book he recounts stories of growing up in South Africa under apartheid. Trevor Noah is a great story teller and the book seems genuine and honest. I liked how the book was formatted as each chapter told its own story but they were all tied together. Trevor does a good job describing what life in South Africa under apartheid was like. The stories in this book give you perspective on your own life and how we take a lot of things for granted, like a working toilet. As you giggle at Trevor Noah’s funny commentary of having to use an outhouse you realize how fortunate you are. This book is moving, funny and informative. Five out of five stars.
@Nessie of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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DominiqueRossier
Mar 22, 2020

This book manages to be simultaneously entertaining (it's full of comic anecdotes and suspenseful stories) and educative (you get a glimpse at the history and sociology of South Africa that "dry" history books can't quite depict).
I'm looking forward to see his show. That is if this *** coronavirus situation improves…

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Megano1029
Mar 18, 2020

"Born A Crime" by Trevor Noah is undoubtedly a life-changing story. It puts so many things into perspective; including day-to-day life, money, family, and religion. Noah describes how things were in post-Apartheid South Africa, and he tells truthful tales about his mom, his friends, and his childhood. The stories I found most inspiring were about his mother. At the end of the book, he explains this miracle that happened to his mother, where she survives a bullet to the head. Throughout her life, she has been an extremely devout Christian, and Noah decides her commitment to God had been a serious influencer on her survival. Noah also adds that he had never been to keen on her all-day Sunday visits, but after her survival at that hospital, his whole wits change about it. In the end, these stories uncover new feelings towards loved-ones, and may influence you to sincerely reconsider connections to your family and their priorities.


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