The memoir opens with Noah describing how he was “born a crime,” by which he means that he was the illegal result of an apartheid law that prohibited any sexual relationships between black and white people—a crime his parents had to publicly hide.
All in all, it’s an enlightening read that highlights how freedom in Western countries is often taken for granted.
Vance believes that his success in life shouldn’t be seen as particularly remarkable. Instead, as he puts it, “I’ve achieved something quite ordinary, which doesn’t happen to most kids who grow up like me.”
Even though Orwell imagined the novel as a “what-if” scenario, a threat like massive government surveillance and censorship is still a reality for people living in certain parts of the world.
There are a total of four published works exploring the Shawbridge boys’ farm, or as it’s known to most who spend time there, The Farm. The fourth and most recent is the personal story of a young girl in the early ‘80s who became a ward of Quebec’s juvenile system and spent her teenage years chasing her freedom at nearly any cost.