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Born a Crime:From Adversity to Triumph

Stories from a South African Childhood

3 min / Published
By Renew



The book recounts his remarkable life growing up in apartheid South Africa. With his signature wit and insightful perspective, Noah offers readers a unique and profound glimpse into a world characterized by racial segregation and social inequality.


One of the most striking aspects of this memoir is the candidness with which Noah shares his experiences. From his childhood as a mixed-race child born to a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss-German father, to navigating the challenges of living under the oppressive regime of apartheid, Noah holds nothing back. He presents a vivid and honest portrayal of his upbringing, acknowledging both the moments of joy and the deep struggles he faced.


Noah's storytelling skills shine throughout the book. His ability to interweave humor and seriousness is commendable. Even in the midst of hardship and discrimination, he finds ways to infuse his narrative with wit and sarcasm, ensuring that the reader remains engaged and entertained despite the gravity of the subject matter. This balance between levity and depth creates a compelling and memorable reading experience.


Moreover, "Born a Crime" serves as a powerful commentary on the impact of apartheid on individuals, families, and society as a whole. Through his personal anecdotes, Noah exposes the absurdity and irrationality of racial segregation laws, while also shedding light on the resilience and strength of those who lived through it. He provides valuable insights into the complexities of identity, race, and belonging, inviting readers to reflect upon their own prejudices and preconceptions.


In addition to its cultural and historical significance, this memoir is ultimately a tribute to Noah's indomitable spirit and determination. Despite the numerous obstacles he faced, he emerged as a resilient and successful individual. His inspiring journey from being a young boy who defied societal norms to becoming a globally recognized comedian and television host is a testament to his resilience and the power of perseverance.


Chapter 2:Accessible Read Online Resources


Here are a few options:


Local Library: Check if your local library has an online catalog or offers e-books. Many libraries provide digital copies of popular books that you can borrow using platforms like OverDrive or Libby. Search for "Born a Crime" in their collection and see if it's available.


Online Retailers: You can purchase or rent digital copies of "Born a Crime" from various online retailers. Platforms like Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Google Play Books, and Barnes & Noble Nook offer e-book versions that can be read on compatible devices or applications.


Audiobook Services: If you prefer listening to the book, consider using audiobook services such as Audible, Google Play Audiobooks, or Libro.fm. These platforms provide narrated versions of "Born a Crime" that you can listen to on your phone, tablet, or computer.


Remember to respect copyright laws and support authors by obtaining books through legal channels.


Chapter 3:Trevor Noah quotes


"The first thing I learned about having money was that it gives you choices. People don't want to be rich. They want to be able to choose."


"I think a lot of comedians have a dark side because it's a coping mechanism for what they've been through. Comedy is just putting tragedy on blast."


"Funny enough, people don't usually try to mess with me. But when they do, it goes from zero to 100 real quick because I grew up in South Africa, and if you didn't respond aggressively, you were going to get walked all over."


"As a comedian, I have one rule: If you're laughing, you're learning."


"People will always laugh, but maybe if we start laughing at the right things, we can change the world."

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