Born A Crime (Trevor Noah)

This was a great read. Trevor Noah’s life is a great read. I aspire to be a woman like his mother and if I ever have a child, I hope to raise one the way she had.

This book is a memoir of growing up as a coloured person during and after the Apartheid of South Africa. The dangers, the struggles, the small joys that are everything but small, the daily life.

I love the way Trevor Noah is able to reflect on his life. He doesn’t make any excuses for himself. What he does is to explain the contexts behind his actions. And when you know where a person comes from, the divide between black and white becomes very vague. And maybe people don’t like learning about people because they’re afraid to lose that distinction.

There are so many things that I loved in this book. His mother is an amazing woman to say the least. How she is able to pit herself against the world and remain strong and courageous even in the face of danger was so beautiful to read. And Trevor! A complete joy to read.

It’s not all fun and games though. There’s a lot of hardship, a lot of struggle, a lot of pain. It’s written in such an honest tone but just when it brings tears to your eyes, it also brings with it hope.

Pick it up.

People love to say, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.”… People say ‘Oh that’s a handout’. No I still have to work to profit by it. But I don’t stand a chance without it.

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