Books: Good Will Odyssey

I WILL TRY by Legson Kayira. 251 pages. Doubleday. $4.50.

"MR. LEGSON KAYIRA!" As the loudspeaker boomed his name, the African village boy, awkward in his new shoes and suit, stopped short and stared wonderingly into the crowd at New York's International Airport. "CALLING MR. LEGSON KAYIRA!" the disembodied voice repeated. The boy took a deep breath and, as other travelers gaped in astonishment, he bellowed at the top of his voice, "i AM HERE!"

How he got there is the subject of this ingenuous but significant autobiography, the story of an African Horatio Alger who...

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