namenotimportant's review against another edition

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delaneysue's review

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4.0


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shebke_21's review

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4.5


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lynncornelissen's review against another edition

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5.0

Fantastic. One of the most interesting and varied life stories told in an incredibly funny and lighthearted way. The topics covered and knowledge gained from this book are of such diverse nature that I believe anyone can learn something from this book. The audible version performed by Trevor Noah himself would be my recommendation as it adds such colour to the narrative.

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tmarts's review

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3.75

Ho molto gradito il modo, e l'ironia, con cui l'autore racconta la sua vita, soprattutto per come riesce ad integrare organicamente la sua esperienza con il razzismo durante il periodo dell'apartheid e negli anni che seguono la sua abolizione.

La prosa risulta molto coinvolgente, così come gli aneddoti che lui di esporre nell'opera, cosa che ha reso il libro una lettura molto scorrevole, nonostante la pesantezza di alcuni dei temi trattati.


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empathephant's review against another edition

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4.0

This book was different than I expected it to be (in a great way). I thought it would be more of a linear story that focused a lot on how he got to be a comedian/TV personality, but after reading I still have no clue about his early career. What it did talk about was his childhood. I knew it would discuss the effects of Apartheid, but each chapter was organized somewhat topically, string together personal stories examples and jumping in time to illustrate concepts of what South African life was like more than "his life story." I learned so much that I hadn't known previously about South Africa as an American. I highly recommend the audiobook. It is narrated by Trevor himself and he tells his story emotionally and powerfully, speaking many languages and even singing at one point. He made me laugh and feel sorrow and fear in the same book, making it easier to approach the heavy topics found within.

I think what another review said is a perfect description: "I...admired how he [told] his story as it is. He had every chance to glorify the life he lived in South Africa and he did not. To me, it was more like he wrote the book to shed light on the circumstances that kids like him grew up in rather than talk about his own life."

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5.0

This book had laughter, sadness, anger and so much more. There were parts I could relate to and parts that absolutely broke me down. There is so much more to Noah than what meets the eye. 

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5.0

The fact that Trevor Noah can come from such a rough past and have faced so many challenges and heartbreak and still be such an optimistic, funny person is a huge testament to his own character and his mother's.

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grei's review against another edition

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5.0

So, so worth anyone's time if you can read it. Even if you don't get the audiobook you can hear him telling the story in your head.

I don't know a better way to describe this book, it is absolutely an amazing read that defies categorization, other than to say it is the story of Trevor Noah growing up as the son of a black mother and white father during apartheid, when it was illegal to have such a child.

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