Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah

7 Jan

Five of 5 stars

This is one of those books you read when you think you have it bad and then you read this and decide you’ll just be grateful for what you have.

This book is solely about Trevor Noah’s childhood and young life in South Africa, nothing about his career rise in the US. Trevor Noah has lived ten lifetimes already, and at least that many nightmares. The book is not a comedy, there is absolutely nothing funny about any of his early life. The horrors he experienced daily are beyond what we can imagine, and the book ends on one of the worst real life events I can think of. It’s a dark story about a boy who grew up with unimaginable horrors just an expected part of daily life.

But throughout the book you can feel Trevor’s strength, which he got from his mother, and his ability to look on the bright side of life, which he also got from his mother.

It’s an extraordinary book about an extraordinary life.

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