Born a Crime: Trevor Noah’s memoir of his South African childhood is a raw account of life under apartheid
304 pp; $35
As host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah comes across as a wry, startled and sometimes outraged outsider, commenting on the absurdities of U.S. life. During the presidential campaign, the South African-born comic remarked that Donald Trump reminded him of an African dictator, mused over the mystifying complexities of the Electoral College system and pointed out the weirdness of states voting on recreational marijuana.
In the countdown to and aftermath of the election, Noah has grown more comfortable at moving back and forth between jokes and earnest insights, between humour and serious asides – the way he’s done in his stand-up act, and now, in his compelling new memoir, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood.
By turns alarming, sad and funny, his book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the…