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text 2017-07-24 05:00
24 in 48 Readathon: It's a Wrap
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

I met my goal of 24 hours reading. Yay!

 

I finished 3 books:

 

Whispers Under Ground: 10 hours, 17 minutes

Born A Crime: 8 hours, 50 minutes

Strangers on a Train: 289 pages.

 

Both audiobooks were both great choices for a readathon, but highly recommended for anytime.

 

I'm off to bed.  I'm exhausted.

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review 2017-07-03 01:58
audio freebie
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

This book really stalked me. It's true; I'm not even a huge fan of the Daily Show. Look, it isn't Stewart or Noah, it's just not really my thing. I've even given up watching Samantha Bee after the election too - I just can't for some reason. But Noah in his interviews has always stuck me as someone to listen to so I figured why not. I picked up a copy, for free, at the MLA convention, and then later Audible offered me the audio book for free.

See, stalking.

 

But I can see why. Noah tells stories from his life - in particular about growing up in a society where literally he should not exist - his mother is black, his father white. That should not be. He is also geeky and uncool. Yet, perhaps it was his status as outsider that allowed him such a view into what he was witnessing.

 

Noah's stories include what happened with his crew, including top dancer Hitler, when they played gigs, his experience in schools, his ability to pray, and a very funny story involving shit that is also very profound.

 

But most of all, the book is a testament to his mother, who sounds like one hell of a lady.

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review 2017-06-18 04:26
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - My Thoughts
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

First off, I really enjoy Trevor Noah on The Daily Show and any guest interviews I've seen him do over time.  I also enjoyed his stand-up special Afraid of the Dark and will be looking to find his other specials.  I'd heard many good things about this memoir of his, so when it was on sale, I snapped it up!

The book deals with Trevor's childhood in South Africa, growing up first in apartheid and then after the fall of apartheid.  The written word sound just like him talking in my head, which I think is good, seeing as it's a memoir, right?  Anyway, it's filled with lots of laughter and love, but there is also a lot of insight into apartheid and racism and bigotry of all sorts woven into the tales of the boy Trevor.  I thought I knew about apartheid, but I learned so much more reading Trevor's story.

It's also a love letter to his mother in many ways.  A fiercely independent woman when the times were not ready for independent women, she was obviously the light of his life.  They didn't have it easy.  There was abuse, emotional and physical, from Trevor's stepfather, but he tells the stories in the same tone that he tells the rest of his story that I didn't find myself getting upset, just quietly horrified.  I don't know if that makes any sense, but there you go.

So yes, I loved this book and have been recommending it all over the place even though I wasn't finished reading it!  *LOL*  And now that I've finished, I shall definitely continue!!

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text 2017-04-10 17:44
Born A Crime
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

All I kept hearing about this book was how amazing it was. And man, it did not disappoint. South Africa is no joke. Trevor manages to tell some horrible stories with good humor. He's honest, up front and open about his own criminal past, he tells about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather and he shows an undying love for his family. He's a true testament to the rags to riches story. If you need an eye opening account of a real, poor life, read this book.

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text 2017-04-08 05:06
Reading progress update: I've read 147 out of 290 pages.
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah

See, when I read these cultural books, whether fiction or non, I realize just how horrible most of our public school system is. We aren't taught about this in school. I had to look up how to pronounce apartheid. Just like how I didn't know Japan was closed for nearly 200 years to outsiders right before it opened up and invaded China in the early 1900s. "The Rape of Nanking", people. And they don't teach this shit in public schools! Wtf? 

 

Sorry. It just baffles me because I have a partial college education, but I have learned more post-college than I did when I was paying tuition and sitting in class. It's sad. 

 

But anyway..... this book is great!!!! Trevor is amazing! And I wouldn't have wanted to grow up in South Africa for anything. I feel blessed to be an American, even if I did grow up very poor.

 

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