“Keep Moving Forward”: Review of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

Here is my book review of a lovely book about poverty and overcoming it for the Life of Poverty blog. Enojy!

The Life of Poverty


In his book, written with author and reporter Bryan Mealer, William Kamkwamba describes how, to get his family and himself out poverty and famine, he builds a windmill out of scraps and wood to provide electricity for his family’s house. The reader laughs, cries, and rejoices in this inspiring fight for everything from education to food.

The book, in describing how the famine in his country of Malawi in Africa reduced the family’s food intake to one meal a day, will give you a new perspective on life: you will see everything differently. We are used to our three meals a day and have no famines. We are used to access to schools, libraries and bookstores, whereas William had to drop out of school because his family couldn’t afford school fees.

Luckily, he went to a local school library and started reading science books in his free time. Soon, he…

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