Born a Crime

书名:Born a CrimeStoriesfromaSouthAfricanChildhood
作者:TrevorNoah
译者:
ISBN:9780399588174
出版社:Spiegel&Grau
出版时间:2016-11-15
格式:epub/mobi/azw3/pdf
页数:304
豆瓣评分: 9.4

书籍简介:

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • Newsday • Esquire • NPR • Booklist Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents’ indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa’s tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother’s unconventional, unconditional love. Praise for Born a Crime “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “[An] unforgettable memoir.”—Parade “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People “[Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”—Booklist (starred review) “A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”—Kirkus Reviews Review “[A] compelling new memoir . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [Trevor Noah’s] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid. . . . In the end, Born a Crime is not just an unnerving account of growing up in South Africa under apartheid, but a love letter to the author’s remarkable mother.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “[An] unforgettable memoir.”—Parade “You’d be hard-pressed to find a comic’s origin story better than the one Trevor Noah serves up in Born a Crime. . . . [He] developed his aptitude for witty truth telling [and]…every hardscrabble memory of helping his mother scrape together money for food, gas, school fees, and rent, or barely surviving the temper of his stepfather, Abel, reveals the anxious wellsprings of the comedian’s ambition and success. If there is harvest in spite of blight, the saying goes, one does not credit the blight-but Noah does manage to wring brilliant comedy from it.”—O: The Oprah Magazine “What makes Born a Crime such a soul-nourishing pleasure, even with all its darker edges and perilous turns, is reading Noah recount in brisk, warmly conversational prose how he learned to negotiate his way through the bullying and ostracism. . . . What also helped was having a mother like Patricia Nombuyiselo Noah. . . . Consider Born a Crime another such gift to her—and an enormous gift to the rest of us.”—USA Today “[Noah] thrives with the help of his astonishingly fearless mother. . . . Their fierce bond makes this story soar.”—People “This isn't your average comic-writes-a-memoir: It’s a unique look at a man who is a product of his culture—and a nuanced look at a part of the world whose people have known dark times easily pushed aside.”—Refinery29 “Noah’s memoir is extraordinary . . . essential reading on every level. It’s hard to imagine anyone else doing a finer job of it.”—The Seattle Times “Powerful prose . . . told through stories and vignettes that are sharply observed, deftly conveyed and consistently candid. Growing organically from them is an affecting investigation of identity, ethnicity, language, masculinity, nationality and, most of all, humanity—all issues that the election of Donald Trump in the United States shows are foremost in minds and hearts everywhere. . . . What the reader gleans are the insights that made Noah the thoughtful, observant, empathic man who wrote Born a Crime. . . . Here is a level-headed man, forged by remarkable and shocking life incidents, who is quietly determined and who knows where home and the heart lie. Would this unique story have been published had it been about someone not a celebrity of the planet? Possibly not, and to the detriment of potential readers, because this is a warm and very human story of the type that we will need to survive the Trump presidency’s imminent freezing of humane values.”—Mail & Guardian (South Africa) “[Noah’s] story of surviving—and thriving—is mind-blowing.”—Cosmopolitan “A gifted storyteller, able to deftly lace his poignant tales with amusing irony.”—Entertainment Weekly “Noah has a real tale to tell, and he tells it well. . . . Among the many virtues of Born a Crime is a frank and telling portrait of life in South Africa during the 1980s and ’90s. . . . Born a Crime offers Americans a second introduction to Trevor Noah, and he makes a real impression.”—Newsday “An affecting memoir, Born a Crime [is] a love letter to his mother.”—The Washington Post “Witty and revealing . . . Noah’s story is the story of modern South Africa; though he enjoyed some privileges of the region’s slow Westernization, his formative years were shaped by poverty, injustice, and violence. Noah is quick with a disarming joke, and he skillfully integrates the parallel narratives via interstitial asides between chapters. . . . Perhaps the most harrowing tales are those of his abusive stepfather, which form the book’s final act (and which Noah cleverly foreshadows throughout earlier chapters), but equally prominent are the laugh-out-loud yarns about going to the prom, and the differences between ‘White Church’ and ‘Black Church.’”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) “[A] substantial collection of staggering personal essays . . . Incisive, funny, and vivid, these true tales are anchored to his portrait of his courageous, rebellious, and religious mother who defied racially restrictive laws to secure an education and a career for herself—and to have a child with a white Swiss/German even though sex between whites and blacks was illegal. . . . [Trevor Noah’s] electrifying memoir sparkles with funny stories . . . and his candid and compassionate essays deepen our perception of the complexities of race, gender, and class.”—Booklist (starred review) “A gritty memoir . . . studded with insight and provocative social criticism . . . with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations.”—Kirkus Reviews

作者简介:

Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, television and radio host and actor. He currently hosts The Daily Show, a late-night television talk show on Comedy Central.

书友短评:

@ D2 这本书绝对超越了“名人出书”,即使不是粉丝也力荐,有开拓世界观的作用,而且阅读体验很愉悦。推荐有声书。小崔娃是我喜欢的喜剧演员。超级萌,口技超群,有想法。本书讲了南非种族隔离制度下一个“杂种”在伟大的母亲翼下成长的故事,讲了与众不同的成长经历下积累的关于种族、文化、归属甚至家暴等的思考,讲了一个强大而快乐的女人和母亲,讲了许多异域背景下有趣的童年和青春轶事。小崔娃的很多故事,包括母亲被开枪爆头的… 这本书绝对超越了“名人出书”,即使不是粉丝也力荐,有开拓世界观的作用,而且阅读体验很愉悦。推荐有声书。小崔娃是我喜欢的喜剧演员。超级萌,口技超群,有想法。本书讲了南非种族隔离制度下一个“杂种”在伟大的母亲翼下成长的故事,讲了与众不同的成长经历下积累的关于种族、文化、归属甚至家暴等的思考,讲了一个强大而快乐的女人和母亲,讲了许多异域背景下有趣的童年和青春轶事。小崔娃的很多故事,包括母亲被开枪爆头的经历,我都在他的单口里听过,听完此书我最豁然开朗的反而是育儿观。之前总是yy孩子很容易养坏,一言不合就心理阴影。崔娃的成长中,有积极快乐的家庭氛围,有爱,有书,有母亲带他看到世界的可能。因而种族不平等、父母分离、体罚、贫穷、家暴、犯罪等波折不但没有影响他的人格,反而变成了丰富他思想的财富。 @ LarrySugarman 一部伟大的妈传。 @ Philex 五星推荐,大家快去下来看。去年在剑桥的时候,每晚吃饭都会在油管上看他的夜间秀,政治笑话幽默又真诚,三观超正。传记写得很有趣,Trevor展现的Apartheid South Africa既悲惨又搞笑,极端不正义的社会中到处是荒诞,但是,你最好大声笑出来!!! 痛过,哭过,睡一觉,再接着战斗。PS书名取得好,在天朝至少一半人的人生可以用这句话概括了。 @ 仲秋月含颦 凌晨三点终于读完,感慨万千。除了出版社约稿翻译或校对的书外,这是我完整阅读的第五本英文,也是自发阅读的第一本,足以说明他的魅力。偶然得知这位comedian,看过所有能找到的视频后,发现只有通过自传才能更好地了解他。曾以为本书是南非文字版《人人都恨克里斯》,但远不止如此,它透过成长趣闻、家庭琐事、人性善恶、宗教信仰、律法谬误到种族歧视,最终直指了人。不管什么种族、性别和背景,独立人格总会对自己负责… 凌晨三点终于读完,感慨万千。除了出版社约稿翻译或校对的书外,这是我完整阅读的第五本英文,也是自发阅读的第一本,足以说明他的魅力。偶然得知这位comedian,看过所有能找到的视频后,发现只有通过自传才能更好地了解他。曾以为本书是南非文字版《人人都恨克里斯》,但远不止如此,它透过成长趣闻、家庭琐事、人性善恶、宗教信仰、律法谬误到种族歧视,最终直指了人。不管什么种族、性别和背景,独立人格总会对自己负责,以顽强意志冲破逆境,不借由任何荒谬借口去堕落。行文流畅,仿佛能看到他本人惟妙惟肖地运用各种口音,也对成年的他对这个世界的不同观感身临其境。Trevor Noah, man of the man. His mother, woman of the wolrd. 看得我想写本Born an Ugly了 @ 张华弥 出乎意料的精彩,在犹太学校为舞者“希特勒”助威一段,把殖民教育和种族隔离的荒诞一并戳破,笑哭。小崔他妈可能是当时南非最富现代精神的黑人女性了。 @ renjiawonder 单词量少于四五千,大陆高中英语。自己给自己的书朗读,感情充沛。 @ 彭羊羊 磕磕绊绊读完的第一本英文原版,很幸运选了这本。看这本书的时候,感觉好像崔娃就面对面在讲故事,甚至能脑补出他说这些话的表情,没想到他在TDS上呆萌呆萌,过去却经历了这么多,有一些真的是电影里才会有的剧情啊,好笑但是有时候却又让人想哭。写的是自己,却让大家看到了一个时代的故事,很多道理让人深思。期待还会有第二本comedian成长史!You do not own the thing that yo… 磕磕绊绊读完的第一本英文原版,很幸运选了这本。看这本书的时候,感觉好像崔娃就面对面在讲故事,甚至能脑补出他说这些话的表情,没想到他在TDS上呆萌呆萌,过去却经历了这么多,有一些真的是电影里才会有的剧情啊,好笑但是有时候却又让人想哭。写的是自己,却让大家看到了一个时代的故事,很多道理让人深思。期待还会有第二本comedian成长史!You do not own the thing that you love. @ Atobefree Trevor expressed a viewpoint I have long held,people's experiences are subjective. We are built to feel stress and to judge unfair situations. Everyone has personal difficulties, even if not everyone … Trevor expressed a viewpoint I have long held,people's experiences are subjective. We are built to feel stress and to judge unfair situations. Everyone has personal difficulties, even if not everyone has been through hell. @ Serendipity 看了三分之一吧 @ Kara 读过会明白他的观点的来源,对白富的看法,他坦然自己经历时的辛酸和幽默~book 1/1000

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