Born A Crime : Stories from a South African Childhood
by Trevor Noah
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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VAINQUEUR DE LA THURBER PRIZEThe convincing, inspiring, (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, which fits into the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.One of the most brilliant comedians in the world of new voices, Trevor Noah is a light, yet lively foot of the observer’s mind, the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and ideas drawn from the richness of experience gained in his relatively young life.As host of the US hit show The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, he provides spectators from all over the world with a dose of satire bites, but here Noah turns his attention inward, giving his readers a very personal, sincere and humorous look at the world that has shaped him.Noah was born of a crime, the son of a white Swiss father and a black mother Xhosa, at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison.The living proof of his parents’ indiscretion living proof, Trevor was mostly kept inside for the first few years of his life, bound to the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any time, take him away.A collection of eighteen personal stories, Born of Crime, tells the story of a mischievous young boy growing up in an agitated young man who finds it difficult to find his place in a world where he was not supposed to exist.Born of Crime is also the story of this fearless, rebellious young man and the religious fervour of the mother – a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that ultimately threatens his own life.If valid on caterpillar tracks for dinner during difficult times, to be thrown out of a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive life to death, the traps of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive spirit and unfailing honesty.His stories interweave to form a personal portrait of a rare childhood in a dangerous, moving and unforgettable time as the best memories.
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