Five Minute Review: Born A Crime

One of my aims for the year is to average a book a week, making that 52 in total. I want to capture at least some of them here, as I believe reading and learning is a key facet to mindfulness and living in a fulfilled way. But hey, we’ve all got busy lives. So in that vein, here’s your five-minute book review!

If I had to describe Born a Crime in five words, it would be:

Fascinating, hilarious; tough at times. 

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In this autobiography, Trevor Noah takes us through his experience growing up, the child of a black mother and a white father, in post-apartheid South Africa, with all the challenges, prejudices and downright weirdness that entailed. You hear, for instance, how he used to go to three different churches on a Sunday; how he was very literally born a crime; and how his Mum once threw him from a moving car. It taught me so much I didn’t know about the legacy of colonial rule and how that contributed to apartheid and some of the problems that still persist to this day.

 

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This is history, but not as we know it.

Marks out of 10: 10

Would I recommend it to a friend? Absolutely, yes! It taught me so much without ever feeling like a ‘historical’ book.

That concludes the review.

Please tell me, have you read Born a Crime? What did you think?

What books would you recommend I read this year?

Lots of love,

Pippa

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