Reviews tagging Abandonment
Graphic: Domestic abuse, Physical abuse, Racism, Abandonment, Classism, and Police brutality
Graphic: Child abuse, Classism, Violence, Racism, Racial slurs, Alcoholism, Bullying, Colonisation, Domestic abuse, Emotional abuse, Gun violence, Grief, Abandonment, Addiction, Physical abuse, Toxic relationship, Hate crime, Alcohol, Cursing, Xenophobia, Sexism, and Misogyny
Moderate: Animal death
It seems cliche to review a book for its ability to make a reader laugh and cry, but it is true that Noah's autobiography achieves both. More than that, it is an inadvertent ethnography of the perseverance of racism and misogyny in post-apartheid South Africa, but in their significantly more complex forms, as well as their historic origins in British and Dutch colonialism. Whether it elaborates on the playground politics of suburban Catholic schools or narrates quite matter-of-factly the extraordinary and dangerous lengths to which him and his mother would go simply to survive, Noah's ability to understand the human spirit at its core and convey his experiences as much with comedy as with tragedy is magnificent and I recommend it to everybody.
Moderate: Racial slurs and Racism