Welcome to our fourth and final discussion of Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I hope you all enjoyed reading this book this month! I know I did. Be sure to come back Monday for our March readalong of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
But before that happens, let's wrap up Born a Crime!
- Did you like the book? What were some of your favorite passages or chapters?
- In Part III, the book's chapters get longer, and darker, as Noah goes from being a teenager to a young man. What struck you most about these chapters? Would you call the book a coming of age story?
- In Chapter 16, "The Cheese Boys," Noah writes,
...crime succeeds because crime does the one thing the government doesn't do: crime cares. Crime is grassroots. Crime looks for the young kids who need support and a lifting hand. Crime offers internship programs and summer jobs and opportunities for advancement. Crime gets involved in the community. Crime doesn't discriminate.
What do you think Noah meant by this and do you agree?
- In "My Mother's Life," Noah says children have to learn how to love their parents unconditionally and that it's not automatic or instinctive. Do you agree with this statement?
- Do you watch The Daily Show? If you do, has reading the book changed how you see Noah in any way?
- Are you left with any unanswered questions you're wondering about?
- Anything else that caught your attention or you want to discuss?