To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much from this book as I really don’t know exactly what I could learn much from a standup comedian. I was dead wrong.
Firstly, Trevor isn’t like any other typical comedian. He’s super smart and is well read too (something which he credited to this mother for getting books to read when he was young). The memoir is essential a homage to his mother which is reflected in his tribute to her.
I’m mesmerised by Trevor’s ability to write his life experiences in such a positive way despite the setting of the book which is about a ‘coloured’ kid growing up in South Africa’s apartheid period. On a side note, I also got to know that Bill Gates too had read and even reviewed this book as well.
In summary, it a great memoir and I really enjoyed reading Trevor Noah’s experiences growing up and the challenges he had to face as he was growing up. The book is a page turner. For instance, Trevor explained a time when he was so close to getting beaten up just for being ‘different’ due to his skin colour. He was able to get out from the situation because he managed to figure out the language as he pretended as if he was part of the same tribe as well.
Putting aside all the good stuff, I think there were few gaps in his book which weren’t discussed (or deliberately omitted). For example, it wasn’t clear when exactly did he decided to leave and how he got his ‘breakthrough’. Also, I guess many people may also want to know a thing or two about his romantic life (which I’m sure it’s plenty). I sure hope that Trevor Noah will continue writing again or perhaps even a sequel to this memoir someday.