Book: Born a Crime Author: Trevor Noah Genre: Autobiography
Trevor Noah is a well-known name now, especially for the people who enjoy good stand-up comedy. He is funny, good looking (dimples are hot, right?), well-read, and an absolutely brilliant host.
He has a couple of Netflix original stand-ups too and each one is worth a watch to tickle your funny bone. As I have already mentioned in many posts before that each book which I pick-up always has a little background story (in the pre-lockdown era picking up any random book from Daryaganj in Delhi use to be my forte too….oh well).
I bought this one from the Book world fair last year. As I looked through the sea of books in that stall, this one particularly grabbed my attention with its book cover. I remembered a story of his mother being shot and he made a whole set of stand-up around it. It is unbelievably difficult to understand the emotional maturity one has to go through to make people laugh with the stories they most struggled with.
While reading a book, randomly laughing or being teary-eyed is quite natural for me. My family members have understood this and made their peace with this mama’s immensely-unbalanced-emotional-quotient.
This book is packed with some really hilarious experiences of his childhood and then there are some which will bring you back to reality with a jolt. He is not only a good orator but a fabulous author too. The autobiography of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, intrigued me even before I got to the first chapter.
“For my mother. My first fan. Thank you for making me a man,” This is the first line I read on the dedication page and I knew that this is going to be an interesting read.
The book is filled with such funny exchanges between mother and son. Noah was born in 1984, literally the product of a crime, when apartheid’s anti-miscegenation laws made the interracial relationship of his black Xhosa mother and white Swiss-German father illegal. Throughout the book, he beautifully reveals many examples of his mother’s stubborn determination to prevent apartheid from suffocating her free spirit.
Humor became a survival mechanism for both her and her son. Trevor writes “If my mother had one goal, it was to free my mind,” and it instantly connects with a mother in me. His flawless storytelling skills are one of the many reasons I have read this book twice and would definitely recommend it to others,
The zeal to not give up, finding the grey zone when differentiating between right and wrong becomes morally impossible, a constant battle of faith, witnessing our world crumbled down, right in front of us and then that hope which never dies.
One of my favorite books of this year. Don’t miss it.
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