Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is Trevor Noah’s 2016 autobiography. I had originally purchased it on Kindle, but my son told me I would enjoy it more on audio since Noah narrates it. I’m glad I took his advice.
The deeply personal stories reveal what it was like to be a child of a black mother and a white father during and after Apartheid. His parents were not married and lived separately since it would have been illegal for them to cohabit. It had been agreed that Trevor’s mother would be the sole caregiver and custodian. They had to go to great links to keep Trevor from being seen in public. Even when Apartheid ended, Trevor never fit in with any racial group. From his mother, he quickly learned the value of knowing many languages in a country where there are at least 11 official ones spoken. He also learned to be a comedian to help get by in school.
When his mother married an abusive man, life became even harder for him. Considering his wild antics as a child, including burning down a house at age 6 to shoplifting and selling pirated CDs as a teenager, it is amazing this young South African man has become a household name. While the stories range from comical to tragic, they are all told from the heart.
4-stars. The Audible is 8 hours and 50 minutes.