I recently listened to and have now become an enthusiastic promoter of comedian Trevor Noah’s incredible coming-of-age memoir, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood".
Trevor Noah, the host of Comedy’s Central’s The Daily Show, relates tales of his growing up during the final years of apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa. Because his father was a Swiss-German white and his mother an African black, Noah was "born a crime”. Relations between whites and blacks were strictly prohibited under apartheid law. Noah, a light-skinned child, struggled to find his place in world that seemed determined to cast him as an outsider. While there are certainly funny moments in this memoir, Noah’s book is a fascinating and, at times, sobering look at life inside apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa.
Noah is a masterful storyteller with an extraordinary facility with accents, dialects and languages. His narration of the audiobook makes the listening experience particularly intimate and very powerful.
What books have you been enjoying lately?