I just finished listening to the audiobook version of Trevor Noah’s memoir Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. What an excellent memoir! Before listening to his story, all I knew about Trevor Noah was that he came from South Africa to be the new host of The Daily Show. I had no idea what kind of life he lived prior to getting that job. His memoir is so good; it’s fascinating and inspirational. His writing is real, down to earth and insightful. As I listened to Noah tell his story of growing up amidst racism, poverty and domestic abuse in South Africa as the son of a black South African woman and a white Swiss father, not only did I learn a lot about South Africa and Apartheid, but I also loved his insights into why people behave the way they do when it comes to racism.
Noah has a really engaging voice, so I highly recommend listening to the audiobook if you can. He is a true storyteller who describes people and places in such a way that you feel like you are right there experiencing things with him. Listening to him read his memoir feels like sitting next to a friend who is telling you their life story.
I also listened to a great interview with Trevor Noah on a podcast called Lit Up. He talks about his book and gives more great insights into race relations in our world. You can find it here. Happy reading!