Title: Born a Crime
Authors: Noah, Trevor
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 282
Year: 2016
Publisher: John Murray Publishing
Language: English
Description: Comedian Trevor Noah has not just survived being born a crime (according to the Immorality Act of 1927), but has thrived. With a black mother and a white European father, he was forced to negotiate the racially restrictive apartheid laws of 1980s South Africa, fortunately armed with a secret weapon: his fearless and indomitable mother Patricia.

Both funny and insightful, this is a memoir of witty truth telling, exposing a South African upbringing to the sensitive insights of an acute observer.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"I enjoyed the humour in the book. Even in the worst times Noah and his mother could find a funny twist."

"It was interesting to read of their life in Soweto and the difficulty of moving up and out of poverty."

"The story is told with wit and humour but there is a serious and sometimes very sad story of racism and domestic violence."

"I think the book would appeal to everyone. It is an easy read with a huge message, told in a witty and funny style."

"The book tells of life in Johannesburg through the eyes of someone who grew up during both the time of apartheid and after Mandela came to power."

"The book is essential reading as it exposes the stupidity, pettiness and legacy of apartheid."

"The author comes across very well - he is an extremely successful comic, but he does not praise himself and tells us little about his career."

"This book is easily read and humorous."
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Community, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Human Rights, Humour, Political, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, South Africa, 2020 Titles


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By: ALEXA 006 2019-11-18 13:43:31
EXCELLENT. Great read and very insightful. Questions/information also great.

By: TAUR 057 2019-08-09 12:56:05
The best book we have read through BDS yet. Everyone in the group without exception rated 'Born A Crime' very highly. Well-written and both entertaining and very thought provoking. We all learned a lot and it provoked a long and wide-ranging discussion.

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