Born a Crime accounts for Trevor Noah’s life under the Apartheid regime. Harrowing, humorous and detailing the most of the horrors of a life of childhood in a culturally, politically and socially torn society, the book is a sublime story that tells of coming of an age of the writer. Whoever watches the Daily Show Comedian shuttles between earnest insights, wits and humour. Born a Crime is not only a prism of Noah’s childhood and social growth, it discusses Mr. Noah’s family, of life in South Africa under apartheid and the country’s lurching entry into a postapartheid era in the 1990s. Some stories will be familiar to fans who have followed the author’s stand-up act. But his accounts here are less the polished anecdotes of a comedian underscoring the absurdities of life under apartheid, than raw, deeply personal reminiscences about being “half-white, half-black” in a country where his birth “violated any number of laws, statutes and regulations.”
The book has claimed Thurber Prize American Humour. The book outflanked Ken Pisani’s “Amp’d” and Aaron Their’s “Mr. Eternity” to win the prestigious prize. The award attracts a whooping $5,000 and a plaque in honour of the winner. Already, this looks like a succeeding effect as Noah’s previous predecessor Jon Stewart was a former winner of the prize. Just few days ago, Noah was announced to be the host of Daily Show till 2020.