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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
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Apr 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: memoirs-bios, malawian, targu-mures-book-group
Read from April 24 to 30, 2010

I really like William, and I love his ingenuity. What still bothers me about reading African memoirs is all the violent and intimidating machismo of most African men. As William struggles in his childhood with his male role models all displaying various degrees of physical intimidation, it's remarkable to see how William soldiers on in his intellectual pursuits. Also, you will find on William's goodreads page a 20 second video promoting his book. I think it's interesting he tells his American audience to read his book so we can learn that we can do anything if we only try. I think Americans have been hearing that since Lincoln; It seems more appropriate he be giving that message to Africans. I hope that he is, and that they are hearing him. I fear that Americans are more apathetic to that message. I'll be watching William to see what successes lay in his future...

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