What was an eye-opening read for you recently?
Born A Crime is a comedian recounting his childhood in the shadow of apartheid. I was expecting this book to be both funny and sad, but mostly it was just gut-wrenching.
Trevor Noah is a great storyteller, and manages to shine light on the most irrational and absurd aspects of racism and institutionalized segregation. He also weaves in happy memories, mainly of his mother, and little details of ”normal” life, showing that life finds a way to go on even in the most terrible circumstances.
This book also reminded me, once again, how important it is to hear stories from many different points of view. I’ve never seen or heard apartheid described as anything short of horrific, but Noah’s story made me realize how one-sided my understanding of South Africa’s recent history is.