Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

We know he's funny. And often the ability to make someone laugh is rooted in your experiences, your upbringing, the way you live. Trevor Noah had all the trappings to prevent him from being successful. But somehow, he survived and has come to be one of the most popular comedians of our time. 

His stories about being born during and living through apartheid at such an impressionable age are laughable looking back. But I'm certain that in those moments in time, there was nothing funny about his environment. The challenges he overcame, the obstacles his mother (and even father to some extent) had to live through, the hurdles that a bi-racial, multicultural South African had to endure all made Trevor Noah the person we know today. 

I found his stories entertaining and telling of the kind of person he is now. I enjoyed a chuckle at the craziness of his choices and the way he reflects on his past mistakes and life lessons. I now have an understanding of a perspective of a similarly aged person in a completely different environment. The truths, the fears, the simplicity, and the reality of his life was eye opening and thought provoking.

There's plenty to learn from a read of this memoir. I hope to read future books about his life and reflections. I suppose like all biographies and autobiographies, this was one to learn from and enjoy.  

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