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Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 29, 2009
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- Publisher : William Morrow (September 29, 2009)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 273 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061730327
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061730320
- Lexile measure : 960L
- Item Weight : 1.02 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,373,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have used this as a great introduction to life in Malawi in preparation for short term mission trips to Africa.
There are also young reader and picture book versions of this book. And it is now a feature film as well (of course the book is MUCH better than the film, though the film is also worth seeing).
This is a story of a young man’s thirst for knowledge and an indomitable spirit. Among the hardships of his local village, poverty, and devastating famine, William Kamkwamba endured and succeeded.
The author’s spirit and determination carries him through all of these challenges. Along the way we get a picture of the crushing poverty of this region in Africa. There is a picture here that points the way for the promise of new technology.
Implementing these new technologies in the creation of wind driven electricity, creative means in the pumping of fresh water and the utilization of biogas production for fuel points the way for a brighter future for the impoverished people in Africa and elsewhere
I would like to point out that, perhaps, the donor nations should reconsider some of their project requirements. It may be that small scale projects down at the village level might bring promising results without all of the waste and corruption of large scale development projects that promise so much and often deliver so little.
This book is an inspiring read.
While reading this book, I thought to myself over and over "how spoiled am I?". This young man was poor, and wanted to go to school so bad, but had to give it up because his family couldn't pay for it. Again, I thought, "man how lucky! I HATED school". Well, after reading this book, I am ever so grateful for the opportunity that I had to attend school.
William was an amazing young man. He worked hard, and did things he had to to make things better for himself and his family. He studied books in the library that he was interested in, and learned things on his own. Sometimes by trial and error, but isn't that how we all learn things?
This reference may offend some, but this young man made me think a lot about some people in the scriptures. He built something, and all the while people made fun of him. It wasn't until they saw the result of his windmill, that people started to respect the work William was doing. It made me think of Noah, and Nephi. Why is it so hard for people to accept that others may have more inspiration than others? Anyway, just a thought.
I love the story in this book about how his parents met. It is so sweet and so innocent. Then when William meets his wife it's kind of the same thing. It's sweet, and super cute.
This young man was such a great example of not giving up. He wanted to learn, he wanted to build, and he wanted to make things better for his people.
To me it doesn't seem like all that long ago that this book took place. So, I was just a little blown away, at how different Williams life was compared to mine. While his country was in a famine I was comfortably sitting in my house with plenty of food to eat, and water to drink. It really made me reflect on all the blessing I have.
While William, was building his windmill and having so many problems with it, all I could think is "man, this young man should see Palm Springs, CA". Well, in the book he gets invited to Palm Springs, to see the windmill farms. While he was struggling to build ONE, we in America had thousands. It was so eye opening to me on so many levels.
This young man went through a lot of hardships in his life, yet he always worked hard, and never gave up. I love William. I think he is the kind of man, that I would like my son to become. He is intelligent, kind, inventive, loving, and a hard worker. All great qualities.
I really enjoy reading, and learning from this book. It was enlightening, and so what I needed to read right now. I will have to remember this book, and many others I have read, when I start to feel "down" about what I have and what I don't have. After reading this book, I have absolutely no room to complain. I am blessed beyond measure. I am so thankful for all the good things that happen to William because of his hard work. I am sure even today he is an amazing man. He is the perfect example of "you can do anything, if you put your mind to it"!
Source: I purchased this book from Amazon for myself. I am not affiliated with Amazon, and was not compensated for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.
Something else that I really enjoy about this book is that it is very well written. The writer is able to capture William's innocence. Living conditions we would consider unbearable are presented in simple honesty without complaint. Superb.
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Rewarding, moving and insightful, also a relatively easy read and enjoyable even for non-techies, I thoroughly recommend it. I only docked one star as it’s not quite a literary masterpiece, but don’t let that put you off.
It has really moved me to the extent that I have bought it for my brothers and sisters to read for Christmas
Its not just a feel good story, it rings true to Africa and has struck the hard to find balance of genuineness and readability
The descriptions of the famine are in a rather understated way of someone for whom this was an everyday reality
I would recommend this particularly if you teach Physics
I think this is one of the best books I have read for a few years
Probably it is of particular interest for people who have ever enjoyed tinkering / inventing / investigating / taking things apart etc. but I’m not one of those tinkering types of people and I thought this was a wonderful story anyway. It isn’t technical, you don’t have to know any physics.
I’m sure anybody could enjoy the book (in fact I plan to buy a paper copy for my dad and my 12 year old niece who both have birthdays coming up!).
William loves going to school, but has to drop out when famine brings poverty. He discovers a library & feeds his fascination with science. Then one book shows a wind turbine. In the face of ridicule, William builds one out of half a bicycle & scrapyard finds. He lit his parents' house & went on to provide the village with power to irrigate the fields. Goodbye to famine. This is a very special book.
I have since YouTubed and Google Williams Ted Talks and further conferences, and am in utter awe of this man. What a 5-star human-being. I am speechless of his achievements and will!
I loved the style in which it was written and compliments Williams soft, wonderful nature. It was so insightful to learn about another countries way of life through someones eyes and daily struggles and joy.
Please read this book!