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Ting is in my view warranted not just here but in other parts tooThe audiobook is narrated by Chike Johnson It is read so we hear that a young African boy is speaking I want to hear words clearly and this is not the case here I do not like the narration and so have given it one star I ll take clarity over ambiance any day This book provides interesting information about the author s Malawian community and the devastating famine of 2001 2002 Had it been written as a straightforward biography rather than being told as a young boy s tale I would have liked it much My giving the book two stars indicates that although not bad for me it is merely OK 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 was given over to the famine in 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 once listened to an interview with Sydney Poitier in which he said that the people who ltimately 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 The Lisa Book 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 ground and beyond He persisted with his dream to create electricity for his family and community And he did it A good inspiring read that made a difference to many lives Young people should read this if they can get 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 gave me hope for the future This book sat on my shelf for over a year mostly due to itsnfortunate 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 generate electricity that part of his story comes well past the midway point First readers 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 t generally read non fiction 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 #a library and decided to build a windmill made out of scrap metal and bicycle parts That windmill generated electricity he sed 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 himself and building the windmill In fact he showed self initiative without support of his family and did was necessary even though he was only fourteen years old But significant is that no one of the adults took action due to their lack of education In that way it superficially helps to diminish racists ideas because it contradicts the prejudice of white people that colored people are not able to comprehend the knowledge given to them But it also suggests that the majority is in fact not able to educate themselves and are therefore responsible for their own nderdevelopment which they are not William is celebrated as the big prodigyTherefore the biggest issue with this book is the writing Of course William didn t write the book himself he barely spoke english and how could he Instead the white journalist Bryan Mealer Texas put his story into words while being extremely US obliging and picturing William as somewhat smart on one side but still retarded at the same time Of course William couldn t be elaborate in a language he barely spoke which is no sign of low intelligence but simply off missing knowledge But Maeler s job would have been to compensate that barrier instead he wrote a book that is purposely grammatically incorrect and sounds like it was written by a three year old Let me give you an example Think of your dreams and ideas as tiny miracle machines inside you that no one can touch The faith you put into them the bigger they get Amber, Furs and Cockleshells until one day they ll risep and taken you with them Not only is this Rebels Guide to Rosa Luxemburg unbearable to read it does William injustice who was 23 years old when this book was written That way it prevents William from ever being taken seriously A lot of white people still have horrible ideas in their heads and think about colored people asnderdeveloped stupid and The Christian at Mass uneual When the first colored people were recognized for certain abilities or accomplishments they were celebrated as prodigies not abandoning racist ideas but rather emphasizing the delimitation from the idiocy of the norm William is celebrated as inventor but he didn t invent anything new He wassing the knowledge accessible to him to create an amateurish version of a windmill That was enough to save the village which is why the actual story is the extremely low education rate and the responsibilities of the western world regarding the poverty Williams story deserves to be heard but this book is not *giving him a voiceAdditionally I m very nhappy that Mealer clearly had *him a voiceAdditionally I m very nhappy that Mealer clearly had white gaze in mind focusing on Malawis connections to the US As always they picture themselves as great benefactor and they actually do have several development programs in Malawi But Malawi is deputy field for a conflict between the US and China regarding Taiwan there is a border dispute with Tanzania and there are some agriculture interest as well which suggests to me that they simply secure their influence and create the stability they rely on for their. 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 go 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. 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 ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石 (ハリー・ポッターシリーズ 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 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 given tos by God blowing in the treetops day and night A windmill meant than just power it was freedom This story about a boy who grows From Beautiful Zion to Red Bird Creek up in poverty in the farming villages of Malawi survives famine and diseases drops out of grade school because of poor grades and endsp becoming one of the world s inventors and later a college graduate is Sex, Rock Optical Illusions uplifting Exceptional protagonist and I onlyse the word protagonist because this book was co writtenThe story about how William Kamkwamba discovers a way to give his house free electricity is fascinating his discovering the difference between alternating and direct current by flipping a bike From Mistress to Wifey 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 isseful to Disney Infinity: Character Encyclopedia 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 fromsed 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 grades and age that were the highlights for me Reading a memoir co written by 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 tilize a few pages making generalizations 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 drill his mother a well for drinking water and assemble a 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 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 gives me trouble It is simplistic to the extreme We are to imagine a young William Kamkwamba telling s how he at the age of fourteen made a windmill from scratch although he had no education and *was ridiculed and laughed at by family friends *ridiculed and laughed at by family friends villagers What he achieved and his success is both inspiring and admirable This is not debatable The authors chose to have the story told by a child One might argue that this explains the simplistic prose style but the book was first published in 2009 when William Kamkwamba was twenty two It needn t have been written from a child s perspective This was a choice that in my view was wrong or in any case nsuccessfully carried out The writing might appeal to a child nothing is said for whom a child Nothing is said for whom for what purpose the book has been written Has it been written to inspire kids It seems so to me With the choice having been made that the young William is to tell his own story when fame and success have been achieved it is he that informs s of his success He speaks not with a humble tone but in a braggart self promotional manner This too is not to my likingWilliam speaks of his childhood In this way readers are acuainted with his home environment and what has shaped him Witchcraft and religion are two forces that predominate in the Malawian village community of his childhood The author was born in 1987 The extent to which belief in witchcraft still held sway at the beginning of the 21st century is eye opening Prevailing male chauvinism and the tendency to resolve disputes through violence are blatantly visible The poverty the mindset and the famines that plague Malawi are not shied away from and rightly so for this was the boy s life his reality The book gives the reader an informative view of daily life in the community traditions customs and beliefs the horror of the 2001 2002 famine inadeuate education and healthcare facilities and infrastructure It is by observing the villagers lives that we learn about the community The grave illness of William s mother the death and subseuent funeral of his best friend s father the mysterious beasts that are believed to be attacking and eating villagers are #but a few examples William s battle to return to school his inuisitive mind and his continued attempts in sing #a few examples William s battle to return to school his inuisitive mind and his continued attempts in sing to improve life in the community are inspiring After building the windmill he works with installing lights and pumping water into his home increases his knowledge of bio gas and transformers and involves himself in informing about HIV and AIDS always speaking out for and better educational facilities A lot of time too much time is spent on describing exactly how William went about building the windmill and his later inventions Despite the simplicity of the language employed I still failed to nderstand the step by step procedures detailed Failing to bring clarity they could have been shortened Better edi. 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 grit and ingenuity could doEnchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy William had a goal to study science in Malawi's top boarding schools But in 2002 his country was stricken with a fa.
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Own political interestsAs if that wasn t enough the popularity of this story is simple capitalism I m very happy for William that this book became a NYT bestseller and gained him the popularity he needed to get a scholarship to study but it somewhat disgusts me that the actual author is making money of this They even tuned it into a Netflix movie which is ten times better than the book People say that this book inspires them and gives them hope they might even donate ten dollars on Christmas to children s education now but in my opinion it s simply discriminating To me this book feels like the great white man gives the black boy a pat on the back for being the least stupid among his retarded communityIn my opinion this book is backstabbing racism Finally 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 from gonorrhoea 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 sing 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 although there are plenty of practical tips should you need them It s a vivid memoir written in a simple but compelling way It starts like any 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 the games he Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, used to play with his friends and the little radio fixing business he setp with his cousin when they were just little boys It goes 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 the 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 get Lay My Burden Down up and all look like their own shadows As I mentioned in my review of Mindless Eating I do have this verynreasonable fear of dying from hunger and this chapter affected me deeply I still can t get 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 Vérité (Love at Center Court, up against it s the children who still go to school who mock him for spending all his days at the scrapyard digging through trash and reading Using Physics Everyone thinks him a madmanntil he triumphs Now this is what I call heart warming Not some bullshit stories about cats 25 This book presented me with Beyond the Qumran Community uite a challenge I started out listening on audio but had troublenderstanding the narrator His 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 getting it out of my head It s only a small part so if I knew it was COMING I COULD HAVE SKIPPED THAT SECTION UNFORTUNATELY IT i could have skipped that section Unfortunately it everything I went on to read from that point forward Silly I know but something I was Daniels Pet unable to conuerThe importance of libraries where William checked out books that hesed 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 #rather mixed read for me again I glad though to have met William and glad he was able to tell his story William Kambkwambwa was always a curious child His curiosity about the workings of the world took a hit when his family was Losing Control unable to afford to keep him in school But he tried to keepp 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 Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (light novel) uplifting story the young inventor tells of his experience in Malawi constructing a working windmill from bits and pieces retrieved from junkyardssing a design based on a book he got from the library But the story goes well beyond his personal experience William Kambkwambwa image from kickstarterHe tells PHILIPPINES 1/1M3 us about his community a small village reliant on agriculture for sustenance and imperiled by the vagaries of nature and a corrupt government He introducess 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 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 and desperation Chiwetel Ejiofor as Trywell Kamkwamba and Maxwell Simba as William from the Netflix filmIn the 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 to gain a society of peers There can be no doubt that William Kambkwamba is a remarkable young man and that he will continue to achieve 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. Ndmill an سفر عاشوريات _ 1000 جملة ساخرة 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.


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