Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - Review by Lorna
Born a Crime conjures up an Edwardian/Victorian time when a child born out of wedlock was vilified. In this context it’s a child born of dual heritage (black&white parents) in apartheid South Africa. The only thing I knew of apartheid are boycotts, songs of freedom and the release of political prisoners, the most famous of them all Nelson Mandela. The book gave an insight into the brutal reality of that regime. How black people navigated the system and how people strived to survive. There are undoubtedly moments of humour throughout the book and the unwavering faith and love of a mother shines through. One cannot deny the love Patricia has for her children and her children for her. Domestic violence is ugly, no matter where in the world it takes place. The book dealt with identity and how someone is perceived, poverty, racism, the operation of a police state. It was not only about Trevor trying to navigate his way in that apartheid world, but an account of history. I enjoyed the book and hope my fellow Bookclub members did so too.