This immensely engaging tale relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings ...Show synopsisThis immensely engaging tale relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity--and a future--to his family.Hide synopsis
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If you want to know what it's like to live in the villages in Africa, read this book. Mr. Kamkwamba lives near Karanga, Malawi and his life is detailed in this book. What makes him different is his ability to innovate beyond imagination.
Even if you don't usually read nonfiction or memoirs, I still think that you'll love this book for the writing, the story, and because of William Kamkwamba.
William tells the story of his childhood in the small agricultural village in Malawi. From the the general bias towards magic and superstition over science, the crippling impact of the drought, and the isolation and difficulties that William, his village, and Malawi, the obstacles that they face are huge and clear. Reading the book, I first thought that my experiences in the "Third World" helped me understand the William's life from the superstition to the the impact of the drought and the opportunistic price gouging during the famine. But that interpretation fails to give enough credit to William and his book. The power of his story and the clarity of the writing surely guarantee that The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will speak to people regardless of their experience and their home country. I cannot recommend this book more! I look forward to more news from William Kamkwamba and to meeting him during his book tour stop in NYC.
Publisher: William Morrow (September 29, 2009), 288 pages.
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