Some time a go, a good friend of mine sent me Trevor Noah’s biography called Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. He told me to read at least 20 pages and let him know what I think cause he believes this is my type of nonfiction book.
5/5. Yes, I had to underline this because it’s not something that happens frequently especially when it comes to biographies and nonfiction.
Before this book was recommended to me, I really didn’t know who Trevor Noah is. I knew his face and his name but I had nooo idea what’s going on with this Trevor guy so my friend just told me a little bit about him and then I watched a short video extracted from his show and I was like “hmmm ok I think I might like his book.”
After weeks of me ignoring it my friend started nagging me about it and I finally said okaaaay fine I’ll read those 20 pages.
What can I say, I didn’t know what happened but I only texted him when I was on page 40. I swear this book destroys your notion of timing.
He’s such an awesome story-teller! And he explains stuff so easily to comprehend, I wish he was my teacher in school. He knows how to explain the apartheid and the racism he had to face and all the crisis in South Africa. He lived a life that just leaves you speechless. I know for sure it left me.
From having to live in hiding and not being able to hang out with his dad in public (because he was born “colored” which means his parents weren’t both black. His dad was a swiss white guy) to copying CDs and becoming the coolest DJ around, to befriend Hitler and go to 3 different churches every sunday, to see his mom at the hospital with bullet wounds but miraculously well, you won’t ever want to finish it.
I consider him a warrior and I know most of us nowadays wouldn’t be able to do half of what he did in that time. And everything he went through. And I look at him and I know he could’ve turned bad. He had the chance. But no, he continued to be a decent human being and loving himself and I feel proud of him now. After imagining having to live all that and then see him having millions of followers and winning Grammys on MTV it’s just amazing.
I recommend it to everyone!