Born a Crime: Stories of a South African Childhood

“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.” – Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah, more famously known as the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, gives a genuine and unfiltered insight into his childhood. Growing up in South Africa during apartheid, Noah explicitly shares his stories and finds a way to do it in a laugh-out-loud manner; you’ll find it hard to put down.

In case you’re unfamiliar with his work

The theme that readers quickly pick up on is that this isn’t just a story about apartheid and the repercussions of “perfect racism” in South Africa, but it’s also a homage to his mom  and her positive mentality throughout the tough times.

Other notable themes include:

  • The power of Language and how it can shape a persons perspective on you
  • How the access of resources, or lack there of, can create a caste system
  • Gender equality (it goes deeper but don’t want to give too much away)
  • Racial Divide

But don’t worry if social issues aren’t your cup of tea, the book offsets the serious underlying themes with an overall sense of grandeur.

CAUTION: Noah brings his Comedy Central sanctioned humor to the book and you will definitely find yourself physically laughing out loud most of the time. So be prepared for people to constantly ask you what you are reading.


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