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Born a Crime: Introduction
Born a Crime: Plot Summary
Born a Crime: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Born a Crime: Themes
Born a Crime: Quotes
Born a Crime: Characters
Born a Crime: Terms
Born a Crime: Symbols
Born a Crime: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Trevor Noah
Historical Context of Born a Crime
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- Full Title: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
- When Written: 2010s
- Where Written: New York City
- When Published: 2016
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Popular memoir
- Setting: South Africa, primarily Johannesburg in the 1980s-1990s
- Climax: Trevor rushes to the hospital after his stepfather, Abel, attacks the family and shoots Trevor’s mother, Patricia, in the head.
- Antagonist: Apartheid, poverty, racism, Trevor’s stepfather Abel
- Point of View: First-person
Extra Credit for Born a Crime
Film Adaptation. As of February 2018, Born a Crime has been slotted for a movie adaptation, with acclaimed Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o set to play Trevor Noah’s mother, Patricia.
Second Book. Also as of early 2018, Trevor Noah is reportedly working on a sequel to Born a Crime, a second memoir that will follow his career and life after leaving South Africa.