Born A Crime

A grey and rainy Monday calls for a warm cup of tea and curling up in bed with my favorite book… in an ideal world, that is. I hope this blog post motivates you to get past your Monday Blues!

‘Born a crime’ was one of my favorite birthday gifts from last year. To be fair, I hadn’t seen much of Trevor’s work, but the hype that the book had made me want to read it asap. It was one of those I-read-it-in-one-sitting kind of book.

A big part of it talks about the apartheid in South Africa. Trevor was born to a South African mother and a Swiss/German father. He is a byproduct of what was considered to be a crime – a black mother and a white father.

One of the funniest parts of the book was his thorough description of how he pooped inside his house, and his mom & grandma thought they had been summoned. (Please read the book for context, it’s too funny to be spoilt by a random person on the internet)

Apart from the many different stories from his childhood, something that particularly impressed me was the deep analysis he’d given to different languages and how speaking different languages has helped form the man he is today.

“Language brings with it an identity and a culture, or at least the perception of it. A shared language says “We’re the same.” A language barrier says “We’re different.””

His reflections on how his language skills helped him more often than not in different situations really spoke out to me. This reminded me of an article I read a while back called To Speak Is To Blunder: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/02/to-speak-is-to-blunder?fbclid=IwAR0rVoGoxP21PPvJVo81l1_W9cCOKiHP0dJ-3RWr495aQ3tO_cksRHSLevA

Thoughts? Let’s discuss 👇🏻

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