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.
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: PALMN 029 2020-06-15 22:38:29
Great stories. Well-written and an excellent read. We all found the book really engaging. It lead to a great conversation.

By: WELL 086 2020-05-08 14:59:54
Everyone loved this book, apart from the violent bits. Very informative about colour classification in apartheid South Africa. A welcome distraction!

By: TEMUK 001 2020-05-01 14:04:44
We didn't have a meeting in April, but got quick feedback - a very informative read.

By: CHCH 145 2020-03-24 15:21:54
All but one in our group thought the book was wonderful. An amazing story about apartheid, and the dismantling of apartheid from the perspective of a young coloured boy.

By: BLENH 007 2020-03-09 13:42:43
Our group really enjoyed this book; and the internet and YouTube showed some of Noah's comedy. Good discussion about apartheid and "language". Everyone participated. The idea of giving a man the fishing rod while giving him instructions to fish, was also discussed.

By: WHAKA 017 2020-02-26 13:32:04
Our group thinks that everyone would enjoy this book. It is well-written, easy to read and informative about racism and apartheid. Trevor Noah had a very interesting childhood and a very interesting mother!!

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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