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I Will Try

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In 1958, inspired by the life of Abraham Lincoln and the motto of his secondary school, a 16-year-old Malawian village boy, named Legson Kayira, decided to travel on foot to America to further his education.
Walking barefoot and carrying food, an axe and two books, he travelled more than 2,500 miles through the African bush crossing four countries in search of an education.
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 2013 by Rivonia Media Group
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Amy
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In straightforward language and with inspiring humility, Legson Kayira recounts his extraordinary journey from an impoverished village in Malawi (then Nyasaland) to college in the US in the 1960s. His journey was one of remarkable determination, during which Kayira traveled miles upon miles by foot from Malawi, through Uganda, to Sudan, where he could apply for a passport. It also included the generosity of a community in rural Washington State which Legson choose by chance as his destination, a ...more
Tangumonkem Tayem
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this book when I was in secondary school and it may a huge impression on me. After more than three decades, I have read the book a second time and the depth and magnitude of Mr. Kayira's journey is being appreciated from a different vintage point. I too made a journey to the United States of America for graduate studies, with no money and no scholarships and the account in my book "Coming to America: A Journey of Faith".
Andrew Crofts
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating

This is an extraordinary document of record, telling a story of extreme determination and courage. What is most shocking is that for many poor Africans almost nothing has changed in the half century since this book was written.
Thandiwe Mkandawire
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! Inspirational. A story of determination and reaching out for your dreams and never giving up!
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Liralen
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one had been on my radar for a while, and it always seems odd to me that there are so few ratings and reviews -- until I remember that Goodreads (hell, the Internet) wasn't around in the 1960s, when this was originally published, and probably most people who read it then aren't leaping to their computers to record the books they read fifty years ago.

Kayira had gone as far as he could in the Nyasaland (Malawi) school system, but he didn't feel finished with his education. Instead he set his
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Griselda Heppel
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Researching Malawian history, I stumbled on this extraordinary book and had to download it to my kindle. In 1958 a 16 year-old boy, inspired both by the motto of the Livingstonia Secondary School in Karonga and his own thirst to learn, decided he was going to study in America. Not having any money or other means to get there, he walked – through Nyasaland (Malawi), Tanzania, Uganda and Sudan, where in the library in Khartoum, he found a directory of American universities and chose the first one ...more
Georganne
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many, many connections to this man and his story that have inspired others...after years of encouragement Malawian politics were such that he agreed to share the 'p.s', to answer the question 'then what?'. Then he suddenly died and his wife, my sister-in-law, completed the epilogue for the edition that has recently published. This paperback edition is only available as an e-book in the United States, but still certainly worth reading! Blessed be the memory of Legson Kayira.

Kerith Sweetman
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A truly inspirational story, very easy to read. Looking forward to other books by this author!

Great review on the the following blog. Have a read and get inspired.

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