Born a Crime

Stories From a South African Childhood

Born a Crime describes the childhood of South African comedian Trevor Noah as the light-skinned son of a white father and a black mother.

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Trevor Noah
Autobiography, Memoir
15 Nov 2016
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Author's Introduction

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is famously known for hosting The Daily Show, an American satirical news program on Comedy Central and his autobiography Born a Crime.

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"Born a Crime" Quotes

“I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to. “What if…” “If only…” “I wonder what would have…” You will never, never know, and it will haunt you for the rest of your days.”​

“Nelson Mandela once said, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ He was so right. When you make the effort to speak someone else’s language, even if it’s just basic phrases here and there, you are saying to them, ‘I understand that you have a culture and identity that exists beyond me. I see you as a human being”​

“Language, even more than color, defines who you are to people.”​

“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.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.”​

“We tell people to follow their dreams, but you can only dream of what you can imagine, and, depending on where you come from, your imagination can be quite limited.”​

Literary Awards

Thurber Prize for American Humor (2017)

NAACP Image Award for Debut Author and for Biography / Auto-biography (2017)

Lincoln Award Nominee (2019)

Evergreen Teen Book Award Nominee (2019)

African, Political History, South-african
Aapartheid, Contemporary Memoir, Funny Perspective, Political Memoir, Racism, Social-Justice