“Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” is a memoir written by Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show.” Published in 2016, the book recounts Noah’s experiences growing up in South Africa during the last years of apartheid and the tumultuous early days of post-apartheid South Africa.
The title, “Born a Crime,” refers to the fact that Noah, the son of a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss-German father, was born during a time when interracial relationships were illegal in South Africa. This mixed-race heritage made his existence literally a crime under apartheid law.
The memoir is a collection of poignant, humorous, and often heartbreaking stories from Noah’s childhood and adolescence. He shares insights into the challenges he faced, including racism, poverty, and domestic violence, but also highlights the resilience, humor, and love within his family. Through his stories, Noah provides a unique perspective on the complexities of race, identity, and social dynamics in South Africa.
“Born a Crime” has received widespread acclaim for its honesty, humor, and the way it tackles serious issues while also celebrating the strength of the human spirit. It offers readers a personal and engaging look at the impact of apartheid and the triumph of the human spirit over adversity.
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