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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. [Small font]
Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Community, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Human Rights, Humour, Political, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, South Africa, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups, 2020 Titles

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By: MAST 005 2020-12-18 11:48:19
5 
All loved this book, it provoked much discussion about racism and whether we are tribally separate and whether cataclysmic events bring us together eg. Covid, earthquakes, mosque killings. Should be compulsory reading.

By: ASHB 004 2020-12-11 11:41:38
4 
A real eye opener about life in South Africa. We thought the writing was very clever as we learnt about what was going on behind the scenes with apartheid without feeling lectured, while getting insights into his life. We had an interesting discussion as to whether "coloured" is a derogatory term. We all enjoyed the book, enjoyed the readable writing style.

By: TAUP 009 2020-08-20 10:00:07
4.5 
This book was a real eye-opener to life in South Africa under, and following apartheid, but written in a funny way so it was really engaging. Many of us went on to watch Trevor's comedy routines after reading the book.

By: WELL 041 2020-08-14 12:16:33
4 
This was a fascinating read and we all enjoyed it. From the title and on through the book, we were led into the life of South Africa and Noah and his mother's lives. Love is paramount. His mother is a strong woman who pulled herself into a life that we all admired. An excellent read and thoroughly recommended.

By: PALMN 029 2020-06-15 22:38:29
5 
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
4.5 
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
4.5 
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
4.5 
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
4.5 
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
4 
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
5 
EXCELLENT. Great read and very insightful. Questions/information also great.

By: TAUR 057 2019-08-09 12:56:05
5 
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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