About the Book
People love to say, “Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” What they don’t say is, “And it would be nice if you gave him a fishing rod.” That’s the part of the analogy that’s missing.
I've been a fan of his takeover of the Daily Show since I discovered you can watch clips of Comedy Central on Spotify (I don't have cable), but I've honestly never put forth any effort to learn about the man.
This is much more than the life of Trevor Noah. It is the environment that shaped him as a person. I have seen a few movies and read a couple books that dealt with the apartheid in South Africa, but they really barely skimmed the surface of what was going on over there. This gives a side of the story I hadn't heard before. I already thought it was awful, but this made me realize it a whole other level of horrible.
If you take anything from this book, you need to note that Trevor Noah's mom is a bad-ass. Holy crap. I am just saying. She is an amazing person and even though I don't agree with a lot of her methods, I think it is fantastic that her son told this story.
Highly recommend this book. It was told in a hilarious way, fitting for the comedian, but it was also incredible insightful and educational.