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改編電影《馭風男孩》,2019年Netflix熱播中!

  一個人的力量能有多大?
  夢想能帶我們到多遠的地方?

  十四歲的馬拉威失學小男孩,用想像力與創造力,
  造了一座風車,帶來的電力不僅照亮自己的未來,
  而且富足了家鄉,將來更會改變整個國家。

  他的故事證明,不管處境如何困頓,
  個人堅定的力量,的確可以把自己帶到夢想的遠方!

  在天災人禍不斷的非洲,在愛滋病與貧窮交相迫的馬拉威,在巫術風行的小農村,在這個似乎看不到希望的所在,十四歲的失學小男孩威廉.坎寬巴,創造了一個光明的奇蹟。

  小男孩威廉生長的地方,玉米田環繞,沒有自來水,更沒有電力,已經夠困頓的生活,因為2002年馬拉威的一場大旱,更陷入嚴重的困境。飢餓是家常便飯,填飽肚子變成奢望,遊民四竄,民不聊生。連吃飽都成問題,當然更付不出學費,不管威廉再怎麼喜歡上學,也只能輟學。

  不能上學,玉米田裡也沒啥活可幹時,小男孩威廉就到圖書館借書來自修,希望來年收成好可以復學時,能趕得上同學的進度。他對世界充滿好奇,看到一本書,那描寫能源強大力量的書打開了小男孩的眼界。在馬拉威,風是上帝賜予的少數幾種天然能量,早晚都吹動著樹梢,於是有個夢想在他的心中發芽:他要用源源不斷的風來發電,點亮家鄉與自己的未來。
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Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village.
When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat and nothing to sell. William began to explore science books in his village library, looking for a solution. There, he came up with the idea that would change his family's life forever: he could build a windmill. Made out of scrap metal and old bicycle parts, William's windmill brought electricity to his home and helped his family pump the water they needed to farm the land.
Retold for a younger audience, this exciting memoir shows how, even in a desperate situation, one boy's brilliant idea can light up the world. Complete with photographs, illustrations, and an epilogue that will bring readers up to date on William's story, this is the perfect edition to read and share with the whole family.

William Kamkwamba

  William Kamkwamba recently graduated from Dartmouth College. The original version of his memoir The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was a New York Times Bestseller and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. He divides his time between Malawi and San Francisco, California.

Bryan Mealer

  Bryan Mealer is the author of Muck City and the New York Times bestseller The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which he wrote with William Kamkwamba. Since publication, the book has received many honors and has been translated into over a dozen languages. Mealer is also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for Harper's and the Associated Press. His forthcoming book, The Kings of Big Spring, a multi-generational saga about his family in West Texas, will be published by Flatiron Books in early 2018. He and his family live in Austin.

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