25 This book presented me With Uite Challenge I uite a challenge I out listening on audio but had trouble understanding the narrator accent is probably authentic yet his sing ding voice and rise in dramatically storytelling sent me to the pages of print Luckily I had that optionI found my enjoyment of the story varied I different sections I enjoyed learning of their culture their storytelling tradition but there was some information that I wish had been left out The famine was awful it was difficult to read but the part that included the demise of the dog I am having a hard time etting it out of my head It s only a small
Part So If I Knew so if I knew was coming i could have skipped that section Unfortunately it colored everything I went on to read from that point forward Silly I know but something I was unable to conuerThe importance of libraries where William checked out books that he used to learn how to build his windmill was wonderful This young man s persistence and curiousity is beyond admirable Even with books I could not have done what he did I also loved his family who surrounded him with love and acceptance So a rather mixed read for me again I am The Dressmakers Gift glad though to have met William andlad he was able to tell his story My rating is of the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope not William Kamkwamba and what he has accomplished I praise the man for his curiosity his indefatigable spirit and what he has achieved with little help and against all odds The book is co authored by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer I wish it had been clearly stated how the two split their work exactly who did what should have been explained It is the prose style the language the writing of the book that ives me trou This book sat on my shelf for over a year mostly due to its unfortunate title It certainly sounded boring I only read it because it filled a challenge need I was delighted to find though that it was far from dull and I can honestly say that it s become one of my new all time favorites It s one of those books I want to hand to all my friends and say Read this You ll love it Although the book is certainly about Kamkwamba creating a way to enerate electricity that part of his story comes well past the midway point First readers Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria get to enjoy African folk tales which are followed by the harrowing story of William s life in famine stricken Malawi THEN comes the part about electricity It s very entertaining interesting and exceptionally well told The first person account is by turns moving funny horrifying and yes inspiring I completely enjoyed it and highly recommend it even to people who don tenerally read non fiction I once listened to an interview with Sydney Poitier in which he said that the people who ultimately sent a man to the moon played cricket on the open fields and beaches with sticks and stones They did not even know what a computer was as young children but they had the imagination to find their toys in the right places They made something from nothingIt is for this reason that I wanted to read this book of the young Malawian boy who made life better by using his intellect despite being thrown out of school due to a lack of payment and a devastating famine which pushed their community to the Running from Strangers ground and beyond He persisted with his dream to create electricity for his family and community And he did it Aood inspiring read that made a difference to many lives Young people should read this if they can et over their own me me me self entitlements The story speaks to the heart and highlight values that might be foreign to many young people nowadaysI felt so happy when I finished reading this book It ave me hope for the future Finally If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India good newsI can t begin to tell you what a joy to read this book was Every adult and every kid should read it except for those kids whose parents are not ok with them reading vivid descriptions of someone dying fromonorrhoea but even those kids should probably rebel against their parents and read it anywayAs any review will tell you The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is about a boy who did just that he built a windmill from junk using some second hand book about physics that was donated to his village library He then became one of the TED speakers and basically put Malawi on the mapMake no mistake though This book is definitely not a boring account of how one makes electricity from trash althoug. William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery It was also a land withered by drought and hunger and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him His neighbors may have mocked him and called him misala crazy but William was determined to show them what a little Maker Lab: 28 Super Cool Projects grit and ingenuity could doEnchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy William had aoal to study science in Malawi's top boarding schools But in 2002 his country was stricken with a fa. H there are plenty of practical tips should you need them It
S A Vivid Memoir a vivid memoir in a simple but compelling way It starts like any The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda good African narrative with some ancestral tales and a little bit of magic William s first years are lived in the fuzzy area between science and magic His curiosity and ingenuity is obvious from the first chapters which describe theames he used to play with his friends and the little radio fixing business he set up with his cousin when they were just little boys It oes on to the painful part where #William is forced to drop out from the secondary school after it barely started because his parents can t afford #is forced to drop out from the secondary school after it barely started because his parents can t afford fees This chapter is followed by a harrowing account of the famine in Malawi in 2001 I don t think I will forget it any time soon It starts out benignly enough the family decides to skip breakfast and have only two meals a day Pages later they can barely et up and all look like their own shadows As I mentioned in my review of Mindless Eating I do have this very unreasonable fear of dying from hunger and this chapter affected me deeply I still can t et over it One day I will probably forget all the intricacies of building a windmill but that vision of whole villages dying of hunger will stay to haunt me foreverI remember reading this romantic novel The Bronze Horseman which turned out to be almost entirely forgettable except for those chapters dealing with the famine during the siege of Leningrad Even just thinking about this makes me hungryDespite all odds William survives and thrives It s not only poverty he is up against it s the children who still o to school who mock him for spending all his days at the scrapyard digging through trash and reading Using Physics Everyone thinks him a madman until he triumphs Now this is what I call heart warming Not some bullshit stories about cats No skipping breakfast no dropping out of school With a windmill we d finally release ourselves from the troubles of of darkness and hunger In Malawi the wind was one of the few consistent things Advanced First Aid, CPR, and AED (Orange Book) given to us by God blowing in the treetops day and night A windmill meant than just power it was freedom This story about a boy whorows up in poverty in the farming villages of Malawi survives famine and diseases drops out of Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow grade school because of poorrades and ends up becoming one of the world s inventors and later a college The Communist Manifesto graduate is uplifting Exceptional protagonist and I only use the word protagonist because this book was co writtenThe story about how William Kamkwamba discovers a way toive his house free electricity is fascinating his discovering the difference between alternating and direct current by flipping a bike upside down pedaling and stacking batteries from a radio and running a wire from batteries to bulb his collection of windmill pieces ie shock absorbers tractor fans in his bedroom and how he educated himself through books like Explaining Physics Integrated Science and Using EnergyEnergy is all around you every day it said Sometimes energy needs to be converted to another form before it is useful to us How can we convert forms of energy Kamkwamba came of age during controversial Malawian President Muluzi s administration where the country s maize supply the main food staple was at an all time low allegedly due to the administration s corruption Yet he was still determined despite knowing that this energy project wasn t putting food on the table nor paying his tuitionIt was this determination while in the midst of poverty and famine this stubborn self education from used library books as well as the people who supported him throughout the process like the local African intellectual and historian who marched to the Ministry Of Education demanding that this young inventor be
accepted back into school despite his rades and age that were the highlights for me Reading a memoir co written back into school despite his rades and age that were the highlights for me Reading a memoir co written another is tricky though because you re never too sure when you re actually hearing from the protagonist or the writer Did William Kamkwamba really want to utilize a few pages making eneralizations of Africa or Malawi or did he want to simply talk about the village that he loved Did he want chapter after chapter of brutal descriptive elaborate imagery of hunger and sickness or did he see hunger as smaller pockets in his larger narrative of human strife Did he want the information about how his knowledge of energy prompted him to. Mine that left his family's farm devastated and his parents destitute Unable to pay the eighty dollar a year tuition for his education William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and diedYet William refused to let o of his dreams With nothing than a fistful of cornmeal in his stomach a small pile of once forgotten science textbooks and an armory of curiosity and determination he embarked on a daring plan to bring his family a set of luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford and what the West considers a necessity electricity and running water Using scrap metal tractor parts and bicycle halves William forged a crude yet operable wi. Drill his mother a well for drinking
and assemble solar powered pump for his father s field to only appear in one paragraph of the book We ll never knowNonetheless this is a book I would highly recommend for readers of inspirational non fiction and one I really hope middle and high #school teachers will adopt William Kambkwambwa was always a curious child His curiosity about the workings of the world #teachers will adopt William Kambkwambwa was always a curious child His curiosity about the workings of the world a hit when his family was unable to afford to keep him in school But he tried to keep up Mi karma y yo going to the library and reading everything he could He was particularly taken with books on science and on how things work In this engaging and uplifting story the young inventor tells of his experience in Malawi constructing a working windmill from bits and pieces retrieved from junkyards using a design based on a book heot from the library But the story oes well beyond his personal experience William Kambkwambwa image from kickstarterHe tells us about his community a small village reliant on agriculture for sustenance and imperiled by the vagaries of nature and a corrupt overnment He introduces us to his family his much admired father his friends the village chief and offers a real feel for what life looks like in this part of the world There is a long section in which Kambkwamba reports the frightening details of when famine struck his village how the families coped or failed how the The Prime Minister of Paradise government responded It is riveting material Also of considerable interest is the degree to which people in Malawi hold on to a belief in magic one would have thought had faded long ago William was at risk of being persecuted as a witch for his invention Some people were killed as the hungry sought a magical explanation for the lack of rain and scapegoats were found That is as chilling as his tale of drought and desperation Chiwetel Ejiofor as Trywell Kamkwamba and Maxwell Simba as William from the Netflix filmIn the latter part of the book the young inventor is finally discovered and we see some of his wonder as he is introduced to a much wider world and finally comes toain a society of peers There can be no doubt that William Kambkwamba is a remarkable young man and that he will continue to achieve Charlie O. and the angry A's great things for himself for his family for his village nation and for Africa This book should be counted among those achievementsEXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal Twitter and Facebook pagesA film based on the book is available on Netflix as of March 1 2019A kickstarter campaign to finance making of a documentary of William s life I went to sleep dreaming of Malawi and all the things made possible when your dreams are powered by your heart William Kamkwamba The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Creating Currents of Electricity and HopeI loved this book But I felt too much time wasivenwater and assemble
Over To The Famineto the famine Malawi and the superstitions of witchcraft and not enough time to William The last 13 of the book was rushed as we learned about the windmill and his accomplishments I think about this book as encouraging subliminal racism while making the western world feel better about themselves I HATE ITThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the memoir of William Kamkwamba a boy from a small village in Malawi In 2002 Malawi suffered a severe drought which caused all seasons crops to die Conseuently William and his family came close to starving and didn t have anything to sell either William was forced to drop out of school because his parents couldn t afford the fees any Still he began to explore science books in a library and decided to build a windmill made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts That windmill enerated electricity he used to pump the water they needed to farm the land rescuing them from starvation William was amazing with educating himself and building the windmill In fact he showed self initiative without support of his family and did what was necessary even thoug This is one of the most inspiring books I ve ever read It s the true story of a Malawian teenager named William Kamkwamba When forced to drop out of school by poverty he used library books to teach himself enough about electricity and engineering to construct a windmill and bring electricity to his family s farm His ingenuity thirst for knowledge perseverance and strength of character are truly inspiring The co author manages to write with transparent prose allowing Kamkwamba s own voice to shine through. Ndmill an unlikely contraption and small miracle that eventually powered four lights complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire A second machine turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine that loomed with every seasonSoon news of William's magetsi a mphepo his electric wind spread beyond the borders of his home and the boy who was once called crazy became an inspiration to those around the worldHere is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him.