Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood By Trevor Noah
Disgrace was published in 1999 and won the Book Prize that same year. The book was made into a movie with the brilliant John Malkovich in 2008. You really need to read this book or see the film to really understand some of the political, social and other implications of being white or black in this beautiful but troubled country. This is a true literary thriller!
If you watch The Daily Show on Comedy Central you know that the host, Trevor Noah, is hailing from South Africa. Trevor is not only extremely funny, quick and sharp on television but also on paper! His first book Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, released in 2016, was an instant New York Times bestseller.
John Maxwell Coetzee is one of South Africa’s most respected and prolific authors. Even though he is now an Australian citizen and lives in South Australia, most of his books take place in South Africa. A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice and was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Book description: After having an affair with a student, a Cape Town professor moves to the Eastern Cape, where he gets caught up in a mess of post-apartheid politics.Cape Town professor David Lurie blatantly refuses to defend himself for an affair with a coloured student whom he gave a passing grade for an exam she didn't even attend. Dismissed, he moves to his daughter Lucy's farm, which she runs under most disadvantaged terms, favouring the black locals. Yet rowdies, unprovoked, violently rob and abuse them both. Lucy refuses to fight back, unlike David, who is surprised by his own altruistic potential.
“Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. That's what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for?” ― J.M. Coetzee
The book is collection of personal stories about growing up in South Africa during the last gasps of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that came with its demise. Already known for his incisive social and political commentary, here Noah turns his focus inward, giving readers an intimate look at the world that shaped him.
These are true stories, sometimes dark, occasionally bizarre, frequently tender, and always hilarious.Whether subsisting on caterpillars during months of extreme poverty or making comically hapless attempts at teenage romance, from the time he was thrown in jail to the time he was thrown from a speeding car driven by murderous gangsters, the experiences covered in this book will shock and amaze, even as they leave you rolling on the floor with laughter.