‘Born a Crime’ is a memoir of Trevor Noah about his childhood in South Africa. He brings us his stories of growing up in a monarch society when apartheid was prevalent in Africa. He talks about his mother and grandmother, who were strong independent women, and how the monarch society has shaped his view of the world. He reflects on various aspects of apartheid and how it affected the lives of the black families of South Africa. All via his own stories.
I found Trevor Noah’s way of storytelling very intense. One moment, I am laughing out loud, and the other moment, I am tearing up. It’s not something that I experience with a book very often. That’s how I know I have read a great book. Trevor’s stories are silly and witty at the same time. Even though he talks about his naïve childhood stories, he reflects on the incidents with much more wisdom as an adult. It’s a wild ride, a great one. By the time the book ended, my heart was heavy, yet I was feeling lighthearted.
It is one of the best memoirs I have read. I find memoirs quite interesting, especially when it’s by someone I follow in real life. If you watch ‘The Daily Show’ and like Trevor Noah’s way of storytelling. This is a must-read.