Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Add to wishlistAdded to wishlistRemoved from wishlist 0
Add to compare

#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 PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • USA Today • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • Booklist Trevor 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

Amazon.com Price: $2.85 (as of 21/06/2021 12:03 PST- Details)

Category:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically elegant story of 1 man’s coming-of-age, set throughout the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF PASTE’S BEST MEMOIRS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Instances • USA At this time • San Francisco Chronicle • NPR • Esquire • Newsday • Booklist Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Day by day Present started with a felony act: his beginning. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mom at a time when such a union was punishable by 5 years in jail. Residing proof of his mother and father’ indiscretion, Trevor was saved principally indoors for the earliest years of his life, certain by the acute and sometimes absurd measures his mom took to cover him from a authorities that might, at any second, steal him away. Lastly liberated by the tip of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mom set forth on a grand journey, residing overtly and freely and embracing the alternatives gained by a centuries-long wrestle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous younger boy who grows right into a stressed younger man as he struggles to seek out himself in a world the place he was by no means speculated to exist. It is usually the story of that younger man’s relationship along with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently non secular mom—his teammate, a girl decided to avoid wasting her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that may in the end threaten her personal life. The tales collected listed here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether or not subsisting on caterpillars for dinner throughout arduous occasions, being thrown from a transferring automotive throughout an tried kidnapping, or simply making an attempt to outlive the life-and-death pitfalls of courting in highschool, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His tales weave collectively to kind a transferring and searingly humorous portrait of a boy making his means by means of a broken world in a harmful time, armed solely with a eager humorousness and a mom’s unconventional, unconditional love.Reward for Born a Crime “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, unhappy and humorous, [Trevor Noah’s] ebook offers a harrowing look, by means of the prism of Mr. Noah’s household, at life in South Africa below apartheid. . . . Born a Crime isn’t just an unnerving account of rising up in South Africa below apartheid, however a love letter to the writer’s exceptional mom.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Instances “[An] unforgettable memoir.”—Parade  “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and threatening turns, is studying Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he realized to barter his means by means of the bullying and ostracism. . . . What additionally helped was having a mom like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Contemplate Born a Crime one other such present to her—and an infinite present to the remainder of us.”—USA At this time “[Noah] thrives with the assistance of his astonishingly fearless mom. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—Individuals

Specification: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Paperback

Publisher

Language:

ISBN-10

ISBN-13

Product Dimensions

Shipping Weight

Customer Reviews

Author

User Reviews

0.0 out of 5
0
0
0
0
0
Write a review

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Login/Register access is temporary disabled
Compare items
  • Total (0)
Compare