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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (urspr publ 2016; utgåvan 2016)

av Trevor Noah (Författare)

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYMichiko Kakutani, New York Times - Newsday - Esquire - NPR - BooklistTrevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother's unconventional, unconditional love.Praise for Born a Crime " A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, Trevor Noah's] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author's remarkable mother."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times" An] unforgettable memoir."--Parade "What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her--and an enormous gift to the rest of us."--USA Today" Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar."--People… (mer)
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Titel:Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
Författare:Trevor Noah (Författare)
Info:One World (2016), Edition: Later Printing, 304 pages
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Betyg:****
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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood av Trevor Noah (2016)

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Biographies and memoirs aren’t my thing usually, but from time to time I’ll dip into them if the subject seems intriguing enough. Even more rarely am I actually impressed by them enough to finish reading them, but those that I do finish tend to be quite excellent. Trevor Noah obviously has a way with words, having made himself a star in the realm of comedy and television, so it is not really surprising that his book which chronicles his youth growing up in South Africa showcases his talents in a new medium. Noah tells his story with his expected humour, turning events that would otherwise be seen as horrific into a sort of escapade of escalating ridiculousness as he shows readers the harshness and randomness that seems to permeate the lifestyle of those in South Africa who are without many means, but refuse to sink into negativity. Reading his story without a huge amount of knowledge about apartheid and South Africa in general, his story was at times shocking and yet completely not so, as I almost expected things to go wrong at almost every turn. And yet, the overwhelming message that I came out of this book with is that humanity and goodness usually triumph. Things may be bad, and the unexpected may happen, but humanity soldiers on - hopefully in a more accepting and loving manner. ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
This book is an absolute must read. It's entertaining to the max. He has had the most colorful existence, abundant ups and downs. It's full of unique views that I've never witnessed. I felt inspired and uplifted. Even though, he's been through tragedy and hardship, he never looses his easy going personality. These personal stories are truly great, lots of comedy and phenomenal storytelling. Also, I respect him for being such a go getter in life. ( )
  ToniFGMAMTC | Feb 17, 2021 |
Few people could write a credible, enlightening book about apartheid and systemic racism and make the reader laugh the whole way through it. ( )
  dele2451 | Feb 13, 2021 |
I had so many reactions while reading this one. Trevor's as funny as ever, but it's impossible to read his story, in every place linked back to his love for his mother and family, and not get emotional. His relationship with his mother is central to the novel as he relates his childhood in South Africa and how religion and Apartheid shaped their every day life. It's part memoir, part history, part commentary.

He also details so much about Apartheid that I didn't know. Seriously informative and eye opening. The naming section really stuck out in my mind. But he talks about how the different laws worked, how schools split up classes and worked to keep children apart, how cities were set up strategically, the different types of churches he and his mother attended, family obligations and complications, and the way language could link so many of them together. Trevor's use of his many learned languages is astonishing. He speaks, like, six or seven languages. So. Impressive.

I totally, totally recommend this book to everyone. ( )
  rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
This was a fascinating book on a couple of levels. I've watched Trevor Noah in a stand up special and on The Daily Show and this gives a lot of insight into what shaped him growing up. It also gives a peek into South Africa during Apartheid. Being the white, suburban American that I am, I have been blessed in not personally experiencing racial discrimination but Noah's stories were both eye-opening and gut-wrenching. There is a good deal of humor here as well and I would love to meet his mother. The last hour or so is about a very difficult life event for Noah and it was a bit of a rough listen but I'm glad I heard it. Noah's talent at performance is on display in the audio version and made the story even more entertaining and immediate. ( )
  Sarah220 | Jan 23, 2021 |
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYMichiko Kakutani, New York Times - Newsday - Esquire - NPR - BooklistTrevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother's unconventional, unconditional love.Praise for Born a Crime " A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, Trevor Noah's] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author's remarkable mother."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times" An] unforgettable memoir."--Parade "What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her--and an enormous gift to the rest of us."--USA Today" Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar."--People

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