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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
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Oct 23, 2009

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bookshelves: memoir, contemporary
Read from March 11 to 12, 2010

A quite inspiring read. The book is basically divided into three segments, each fascinating in its own way. The first is about the "magic" and superstitions that are still strong in Malawi. This part is just a little slow, but sets a firm groundwork for latter happenings. The second part is the most heartbreaking, describing William's childhood and the famine that nearly devastates his people. Finally, William talks about his idea and the process of building the windmill, and the effect that one incredible object had on his community and on him. The storytelling is strong, and William's voice comes through well (despite the technical details of electricity, which went right over my head!). His dream is to help Malawi overcome its problems with poverty and famine - and after reading his story, I think the people of his country are lucky to have someone like him.

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