Page Turners: Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
Updated: Jul 9, 2019
Welcome to the first post of Page Turners: Where we give you the lowdown books that you won't be able to put down!
First off let me start by saying I love Trevor Noah's work. I've been watching his stand up comedy since he was a performer in South Africa. So needless to say, I had high expectations from this comedic genius.
"From an adult's point of view, I was destructive and out of control, but as a child I didn't think of it that way. I never wanted to destroy. I wanted to create. I wasn't burning my eyebrows. I was creating fire"
I can see why he decided to write a book, his stories are just too good not to share. From getting thrown out of a bus at 9 years old to living in a auto body shop to starting a small commerce empire in the hood, Noah's grasp on his memories and his storytelling abilities make you feel as if you were right there with him. I couldn't put this book down!
He has an interesting way of being able to reflect upon his past experiences to help shape his future, while connecting with and drawing in the reader. One example of this is when he explains how his experience with his first dog, Fufi, helped clarify his understanding on modern love. Another one would be this excerpt about resilience:
"But I was blessed with another trait I inherited from my mother: her ability to forget the pain in life. I remember the thing that caused the trauma, but I don't hold on to the trauma. I never let the memory of something painful prevent me from trying something new. If you think too much about the ass-kicking your mom gave you, or the ass-kicking that life gave you, you'll stop pushing the boundaries and breaking the rules. It's better to take it, spend some time crying, then wake up the next day and move on. You'll have a few bruises and they'll remind you of what happened and that's okay. But after a while the bruises fade, and they fade for a reason - because now it's time to get up to some shit again"
This book did not disappoint. If you're looking for a something packed with lots of laughs and a few tears that you don't want to put down then pick up a copy!
You can find it on Amazon HERE