I love Trevor Noah even more after reading this book. He uses his wittiness to recount the days of his childhood in South Africa, but he educates us all on what it was like to live under the horrors of apartheid. Just as it is important to read about the Holocaust, this book will enlighten readers about the oppression of the black and colored people of the pre Nelson Mandela era. As a middle school teacher, I would recommend this book to reader over the age of 14.
This book is wonderful. It made me laugh out loud and made me cry in the same chapter. Trevor Noah intersperses brief spurts of information on the history and policies of apartheid with anecdotes from his own life growing up in South Africa. He mentions his comedy career only briefly as the stories are from his childhood and very young adult life. It is heartbreaking to read about the conditions Trevor and his mother lived in, yet this book is also a story about how love can allow one to rise above their circumstances.
I hope that there is a follow up book to this, because his work on The Daily Show only hints at what an intelligent, sensitive, and funny person Trevor Noah is.
true stories of his growing up in South Africa during Apartheid and its ending. His mom was black and his dad was white which was a crime under apartheid. stories about his mom, about his teen years, and about S Africa.
Interesting account of South Africa from a child's viewpoint. Unfortunately, was only able to get through the first part of the book before reading about psychopathic tendencies made me ill. Maybe this was supposed to be funny, but it didn't read as such.