Title: Born a Crime
Author: Trevor Noah
Page Count: 342
I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book from people on YouTube and so I was expecting good things when I went into it, but I can’t say that I was disappointed. It was pretty good, although perhaps not quite as great as I was expecting. It’s in the top half of the memoirs I’ve read, but I was expecting it to be better.
Still, it was a pretty interesting read, and it’s really the stuff on race which shines here. Considering that’s pretty much the point of the book, that’s no bad thing. It’s also interesting because in a way, it doesn’t really matter that Noah wrote it. On the one hand, anyone could have written it because it’s not about celebrity, but on the other hand he was an anomaly in his community and so I guess there aren’t many other people with a similar racial background and upbringing.
Overall, it was a pretty fascinating book because of its insights into what it was like growing up under Apartheid in South Africa. If you want to know more about Trevor Noah’s career and his approach to comedy, you’re not going to find it here, although you will get to know him a lot better if you put the time in and read it.
I think it’s going to turn out to be one of those books that really sticks with me, and so I probably won’t be able to fully process it until I’ve let it sit with me for a while. I am glad that I picked it up though, and I’m also glad that it was a cheeky charity shop find. I think I’m even more predisposed to like it because I picked it up while my mum was visiting.
Would I recommend it? Yeah, of course, even if you don’t know who Trevor Noah is. Although if you do know him, you’ll like it more.