The man made famous by Hotel Rwanda offers a compelling and horrifying account of the genocide in An Ordinary Man, says Simon. A remarkable account of the amazing life story of the man who inspired the film Hotel Rwanda Readers who were moved and horrified by Hotel Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina was an ordinary man – a quiet manager of a luxury hotel in Rwanda. But on 6 April mobs with machetes turned into cold-blooded.

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But I knew these men were like a wall of tissue paper standing between us and a flash flood.

If this book is a true account of what happened during those daysthen he is I have read about the controversy that surrounds Paul Rusesabagina; how he has allegedly embellished his role in mah saving of over 1, lives during the Rwandan Genocide and incites further hate rusesabagiina giving talks about his experiences during that time. Ordinary citizens, seemingly peaceful and friendly, suddenly ganged up on their neighbors, hacking them apart with machetes, then looting their homes.

Quotes from An Ordinary Man. How important was your training as a hotel employee in your survival during the genocide? The title was, to me, offputting initially.

Conversely, if someone else is the victim, it’s much easier to stand by.

They also make the point that no human being is simply evil, that each has a soft side. I doubt whether anyone reading its history will savour a dip in the pool. Mar 16, Christine Fay rated it it was amazing Shelves: Luck helped, of course, again and again.

Kofi Annan, UN head of peacekeeping at the time, went on to take the top job in that organisation, while Paul Rusesabagina fled to Belgium in fear of his life, the lives of 1, ordinary Rwandans in his debt. Paul Rusesabagina is an incredibly controversial and unpopular character in Rwanda on all sides of the conflict, and not just because he’s spoken out against Paul Kagame. The book begins with him describing his youth and family he was born in.


Is there such a thing as a completely true view of history? But the difference between Hutu and Tutsi means everything in Rwanda. Rusesabagina saved over a twelve hundred people from death during the short massacre in Rwanda in Occasionally, human resourcefulness provides slender respite.

It is hard to imagine a world rusesbaagina you wake up one morning and find that one of your neighbors is attacking another with a machete. I heard about it on the news my dad watched every night, but admittedly I was not exactly politically observant back then, and the rysesabagina was nothing more than background noise to me, so I knew next to nothing when I saw “Hotel Rwanda”.

The lack of artistry lends it a truth and a weight that would have felt fake and forced had it been more showy. Oct 19, Hannah rated it really liked it. News of internal conflict became as relevan In I was blessed with the gift of history about a very special man-A man who earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom rusrsabagina the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award- An ordinary manhired by the Swiss hotel chains to manage a luxury hotel chain, is an understatement.

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Mar 11, Lindsey rated it did not like it Shelves: I am a hotel manager. The film itself packs an enormous emotional punch, but with the book you suddenly understand it much better. His story is vivid and filled with background knowledge on the country of Rwanda and why it is so hard for Rwanda to escape it’s history of war and bloodshed.

Part of it was my job. If you want accurate and corroborated books that tell the story of the genocide or its aftermath, there are much better choices.

That was before the slaughter. Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than twelve thousand members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes. There was nothing unusual in Rusesabagina, a Hutu, taking a Tutsi wife.


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He had to make nice with some rusesabaglna bad people, but he did what he had to do, and he saved many lives. Rusesabagina’s nightmare seems over: What sustained and strengthened the division were the Belgian colonial rulers, whose identity cards demanded the bearer to be ethnically defined as Hutu or Tutsi. In their form of small claims court, after one side is forced to apologize and make restitution to the other, both parties and any witnesses drink a banana beer from the same straw.

It did not move me in the same way that I’m used to with talented authors who excel at shaping their words carefully to evoke a desired response out of the reader. It happened because of racial hatred.

In maan process of doing this he had to bargain with obviously evil people who he didn’t like or respect. He managed to keep more than people safe while It’s hard to review a true story about something terrible.

The core of his story concerns the day stand-off between the Tutsi refugees packed eight to a room in his hotel and the mob outside. This is because we see Rusesabagina as a man grounded in a power ethical stance who is able to make deals when he needs to in order to save lives.

I have to admit to feeling ambivalent about that as an American. Want to Read saving….