Hey readers! I’m delighted to say that my hiatus from reading and blogging has finally ended! I had been extremely busy these past few months because of my exams but I finally finally got the time and motivation to finish a book I had started reading a long time back. Born A Crime by Trevor Noah. It’s one of the few non-fictions I’ve read and it was recommended to me by Natalie. Thank you so much for recommending this book to me. For those of you who don’t know, Trevor Noah is actually a South African comedian and the current host of the satirical news show, The Daily Show.This book is his enthralling autobiography. I had never read a book based in South Africa before and it was a great experience to get to know about the country’s traditions and people.
At a time when South Africa was most tenuous and vulnerable, the worst thing that could happen to a person was to be born coloured and that is exactly what happened to Trevor. He was born a crime. The book includes a number of fascinating stories of growing up in apartheid and also other tales of Trevor’s ever courageous mother, Patricia Noah. She protected him with all her might. She was not once afraid of giving birth to a child in the most difficult of situations. She never complained. She didn’t cry or blame God for her own plight. She just prayed and things just started happening in their favour until they didn’t. We hear so many stories from celebrities, the products of nepotism, reciting their so-called struggle stories but you can’t even think of comparing them to this book. This is truly a book that makes you laugh and cry at the same time. It involves violence, crime, humour, love and abuse. The ending was one of the saddest and the most moving ones I’ve ever read and I can’t even imagine how a person could witness and experience what the author did.
I’ll just come out and say that I’m not very fond of nonfiction books. I find them profoundly dull and tedious to read. The few nonfictions I do enjoy are biographies or memoirs that inspire or fascinate me. This was one of those books and I don’t know what else to say other than that I just loved it. In addition to being hilarious, Trevor Noah is a proficient writer and I recommend everyone to read his book. If you dislike nonfiction like I do, this will be a really good read for you to start.