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.
This book was hilarious. And what more could you expect from Trevor Noah. I don’t watch The Daily Show (regularly, anyway) but I’ve seen segments and I’ve been insanely curious how the show went from Jon Stewart to the younger South African, Trevor Noah. Now this memoir doesn’t really talk about the transition (at all); however, it was still worth it.
Trevor Noah writes about his experience as a mixed kid during South Africa’s apartheid and after. He tells his readers about the harshness of the system, how it doesn’t even make sense, and how he and his mother still lived a fulfilling life. His stories really highlight how apartheid affected his life and yet how it didn’t. While many people let the system rule their lives, Trevor’s mother wouldn’t let it rule theirs.
Highly entertaining and equally moving, this autobiography is for anyone who’s a fan of The Daily Show or Trevor Noah or anyone who wants to know more about how apartheid in South Africa really affected it’s inhabitants.