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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
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Oct 06, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: great-non-fiction
Read from June 08 to 20, 2010

After seeing William Kamkwamba speak at the Ted conference, I was blown away by his story. It's already a great achievement to built a windmill being a 14 year old boy. But beeing a school drop out, living in poverty, and having no adequate material and support from the community you really need a lot of determination to do it.
Hearing him speak at the TED conference, it all seemed so easy. After reading the book you realize all the struggle and pain and all the difficulties that came along with it. It's just a stroke of genius.
The first half of the book centers on the rural life in Malawi. The poverty, the hard work, the famine, the desease and the backward thinking of some of the villagers.
But it seems like necessity is the mother of invention and as a european living in a "throw-away" society it's amazing to see how William Kamkwamba uses the little recources he has to build his machine.
Along with the progress of his invention comes a shift in attitude of the villagers. It affects the whole community and brings a breeze of fresh air and hope with it.

William Kamkwamba and Brian Mealer wrote an inspriring succes story that draws a picture of a new kind of Africa, as a home for innovation rather than charity.

Everyone should read this truly inspiring story that also raises questions about our western way of life.

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Reading Progress

06/09/2010 page 13
06/11/2010 page 67
23.0% "Great Story!"
06/17/2010 page 173
60.0% "Inspiring!"
06/19/2010 page 213
74.0% "Inspiring!"
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