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Heart-wrenching and heart-warming
on 22 March 2010
The story should really be called 'The boy who survived the famine and then harnessed the wind.' The first two-thirds of the book is about Williams growing up in Kasungu in Malawi and understated simpleness of his life and the tragedy of the Famine of 2001 in Malawi.
Reading about the famine is heart-wrenching. I did at a point have tears in my eyes and an anger that things like this could be allowed to happen.
The purpose of the famine story serves as a contrast to the hope that is brought about by Williams windmill and the telling of his success through adversity is heart-warming.
The story is written in a very matter-of-fact way which actually is very refreshing and makes for an easy read.
I wouldn't say the book is 'enjoyable' because reading about horror of famine is never enjoyable. But if you like reading stories about people overcoming the odds or if you have even the slightest interest in physics or Africa then you will appreciate the candor and honesty of Williams story.
It is essentially a story of hope - hope for a boy, for a village, for a nation and for a continent. Simple and inspiring.
I hope that helps :)