I read TheBoy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. This bookis about a brave young man who builds a windmill to supply electricity to hiscommunity. I think this book is very inspirational because it shows that youdon’t have to be cramped up in a classroom, with a bunch of other kids to learnsomething that can change the world.
I. Setting& Time Thisbook takes place for the most part in the small town of Wimbe in Masitala, Malawi.. Later, it moves to Arusha, Tanzania (where William continued his studies inlater years) .
The book takes place from the early 1990’s to the mid 2000’s. Masitalais a rural area. It has a dry and dusty climate and the village is made up of severalsmall houses.
It is where the main character William lives. Every one of thehouses is one story and made up of mud bricks and have hay for roofs. II. MainCharacter The maincharacter in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is William Kamkwamba.
William was born on August 5, 1987. He is average height. He is a skinny and scrawnyyoung man with a big brain. He has short hair, dark brown eyes, a wide nose anda big toothy smile.
Williamis very independent, yet works quite well with others it proves itself in thebook. He for the most part built the windmill on his own, but needed help fromothers. He had assistance from his friends Gilbert and Geoffrey, and his parentsgave him moral support too. In thebeginning of the book William believes a lot in magic and sorcery and gets a badinjury because of it. Along the book William becomes less and less gullible.William relies less on magic for answers and more on his mind and wit.
III. Conflict The mainconflict begins when Malawi goes through a famine. The famine was mainly causedby two thing. : #1 the Malawian government was very crooked at the time.
Because of that, most people didn’t have enough money to buy fertilizer for thecrops. #2 the soil already wasn’t very good because of the drought they werehaving which added more trouble onto William and his family. The famine got so bad that it made William andhis sisters drop out of school. He struggled a lot because he likes school andcouldn’t go to a place to study. Later on his Elementary School opened alibrary. So William went to the library to study which gave him the idea tocreate a windmill. IV.
MainEvents The MainEvent in the book begins when William decides to build the windmill. He makeshis decision by studying in the library after he dropped out of school. He wantedto make electricity for his entire town. So they could appreciate him more. When hefirst gets his idea the whole town thinks he is crazy, even his sisters.
Though others had their doubts William keptworking very hard until he achieved his goal. When he finished his creation hegot the recognition he deserved. After hebuilt his windmill, not only did he get attention from his whole town, but healso got attention from others too. Journalists and Reporters came to him fromall over the country just to see his magnificent invention. They always staredin awe at his windmill which made William very glad about his accomplishment. V.
ConclusionI feel that the authors madethis book to entertain and inform with the story of William’s life. I feel likehe made this book for people to enjoy the story of his life. They also made toinform people of the happenings of William, and to tell you how William changedhis entire just by following his dreams. This book definitelypersuaded me to stay focused on my dreams no matter what. To stay on track andto do things the right way my whole life.
It persuaded me to believe that itdoesn’t matter where I live, or how poor or rich I am . If I do the right thingand stay focused on my dreams I can do anything. For me I would definitely recommend this bookfor a friend. I would recommend this because I feel like you could learn a verygood lesson from it, about responsibility and determination. I feel like thisbook had an excellent way of getting the moral out which I think is: If youwant to create a new thing go for it no matter what others say.
This is anextremely great book and I really hope we get more books like The Boy WhoHarnessed the Wind.