Olympics of Reading

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

Reading a book from every country in the world: Malawi

Adele Arbi
Curious Compass
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3 min readMay 24, 2024

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In my quest to read books from every country in the world, today we travel to the beautiful southeastern African nation of Malawi.

Our trusty guide? William Kamkwamba’s inspiring memoir, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope.

I will be honest, before reading this book, I didn’t know anything about Malawi. I couldn’t locate it on the map, nor I had any information about its people and culture.

It was such a lovely experience to learn about all of this and at the same time be inspired by this book on the importance of resourcefulness, hope, and knowledge.

Imagine lush green hills painted with vibrant sunsets, vast shimmering lakes reflecting the endless African sky. Now, think of this same land facing a devastating drought, crops withering under the relentless sun, and families struggling to survive.

This is the harsh reality young William Kamkwamba faces in his Malawian village. Unlike other children who chase butterflies and climb…

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Adele Arbi
Curious Compass

A curious soul exploring and documenting life. London-based Tech Expat | Muslim | Polyglot | Booklover | Traveler