Born a Crime 1-3: read-along at Book Bloggers International

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Born a Crime:
chapters 1- 3
read-along at
Book Bloggers International

Wow, I have not done a read-along for ages.

A couple of weeks ago, a member of our book club (where at each meeting, each member presents a book they enjoyed reading the previous month), was super excited about Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah.

It sounded so good I added it to my list of books to read. And then a few days later, I realized Book Bloggers International was organizing a nice leisurely read-along on it. So I didn’t have a choice but participate!

So here are the questions proposed today on the first 3 chapters of the book, with my answers (click on this link to participate):

1. Easy peasy question: are you enjoying the book so far? What do you think of Noah’s writing style?

I am really enjoying the book so far, especially thanks to the author’s writing style, which I would qualify as raw: so honest, so hilarious, and on target.
The reader has to be ready for a few slaps in the face, like for instance in the passage on secondhand cars: it is so funny, and suddenly at the turn on a sentence you are right in the middle of a tragedy.

2. What did you know about South Africa and apartheid before going into this book? Is there anything that’s surprised you so far or that you’ve learned?

Growing up in France, closer to Africa then the US, I heard so much about Mandela, but I didn’t know too much about some aspects that are still current today.
Actually only a few months ago, thanks to one of my students who hard recently traveled to South Africa, did I realize that townships were still reality. You don’t need too many google pictures to understand how tough things still are…

It is certainly not surprising, as so many problems, if not all, all over the world, have their roots in European colonization, but it was enlightening to read about the roots of apartheid in the 1650s.
In the first lines “apart hate, is what it was”, made me curious about the etymology of the word apartheid. I didn’t know that it’s simply the Afrikaans word for “separateness”, or “the state of being apart”.

3. How have you responded to each chapter? 

I like the insertion of data at the end of each chapter. Reading the Immorality Act of 1927 made me see things had improved a bit between humans, and I was actually surprised that for once, the woman was slightly less punished than the man!
Otherwise, my reactions are covered above.

4. Do you have any favorite quotes from the book you’d like to share?

“For the million people who lived in Soweto, there were no stores, no bars, no restaurants. There were no paved roads, minimal electricity, inadequate sewerage. But when you put one million people together in one place, they find a way to make a life for themselves.” (chapter 3)

5. What’s your initial impression of Noah’s mother? What about Noah himself?

His Mum had such an amazing faith and courage!
Noah sounds like a regular kid, doing all kinds of things a kid would do (and I bet there’s much more coming!), but honest about them, well at least to the reader, cf. the shit story!!
I like the way he tries to draw her mother’s reasoning to its logical conclusion, something I would have done too, lol.

6.Noah says that everything that’s gone wrong in his life has been because of a secondhand car. Have you ever felt like that about anything?

Not really, because very early on, I realized that to survive, I had to always try to look at what was happening in a positive way, to look for the one tiny positive element hidden somewhere in the tough situation.

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If you want to see my comments on the other chapters, please check:

 

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Read-along on The House at Riverton: part 4

Hello fellow readers!

Here are my questions to help you read Part 4. I included some questions found at Litlovers:

 

Please if you don’t mind, put your answers as comments on this post. You can of course also put them all together as a post on your own blog, but it’s easier for the conversation if we can centralize all our answers, so that we can comment on each other’s answers. Thanks!

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Part 4: pp.451-593 [from ‘Hannah’s Story’ to the end]

Please share your favorite lines

The beginning of the end:

1. Duty is very important to the youthful Grace. Did Grace’s sense of duty contribute to the novel’s conclusion? If so, how? Would things have turned out better for the characters if Grace had made different decisions?

Riverton Revisited:

2. Why again the mention of guilt on Grace’s part? Do you think she could be over reacting?

Questions on the whole novel:

3. Do you think of The House at Riverton as a tragic novel?

4. How important to the novel’s outcome is Grace’s longing for a sister? When Grace finds out about her true parentage, why does she choose not to tell Hannah? Is it the right decision? Would things have ended differently had she done otherwise?

5. The First World War was a catalyst for enormous social and cultural change. Not a character in The House at Riverton is left untouched by this. Whose life is most altered? Why?

6. Is there a heroine in The House at Riverton? If so, who is it and why?

 

Feel free to add your own questions

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Read-along on The House at Riverton: part 3

Hello fellow readers!

Here are my questions to help you read Part 3.

 

Please if you don’t mind, put your answers as comments on this post. You can of course also put them all together as a post on your own blog, but it’s easier for the conversation if we can centralize all our answers, so that we can comment on each other’s answers. Thanks!

Part 3: pp.339-448 [from ‘Catching Butterflies’ to ‘The Choice’ included]

Please share your favorite lines

Catching butterflies:

1. What are your impressions on Deborah?

Down the rabbit hole:

2. What do you like most in this chapter?

Resurrection

3. So by now, we know why Mr Frederick is watching in the cemetery, right? This seems to confirm what I found in the Fall of Icarus, part 2. Do you see what I mean?

 The choice:

4. What do you think about the scene between Grace and Alfred??

5. “There was no choice.” p. 448.  Do you agree with these last words of part 3? Was there really no choice for Grace. Would you have made the same decision?

 

Feel free to add your own questions

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November 26:
Part 4: pp.451-593 [from ‘Hannah’s Story’ to the end]

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