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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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I don’t really know why I read these, but I know that they affect me immensely, and that I love the palu feeling that I have when I have read something emotionally horrifying, when I just feel incredibly lucky to be who and where I am. How do you think it can be counteracted?

Rusesabagina and his co-author, Tim Zoellner, in simple, direct language tell what it is like to be in hell Oct 21, Natalie Richards rated it it was amazing Shelves: As ordinary citizens, brought am extreme hatred by a deliberate prejudicial disinformation campaign, slaughtered their friends and neighbors, leaving bodies piled high by the roadsides, Ruseabagina was able, through wits alone, to save the lives of 1, According to him, the division between the Hutu and the Tutsis were imposed by the colonial powers as a divide and conquer rule.

This is a story about the right man with the right abilities at a bad place at a horrible time. Yet all of this Christianity did not prevent neighbors hacking approximatelyof their neighbors to death with machetees.

This distinction served the Belgians well but in no way reflected reality. Ordinary citizens, seemingly peaceful and friendly, suddenly ganged up on their neighbors, hacking them apart with machetes, then looting their homes. Maybe at one time such a division existed, but intermarriage and a ah language and culture many had become Christian gradually blurred it. The Mille Collines was the place in Kigali where the power classes of Rwanda came to meet Western businessmen and dignitaries.


I never once heard him raise his voice or lose his temper. Although I’ve read so many books about Rwanda, I really enjoyed this book because you get a personal perspective from Paul himself. This type of blended family is typical in Rwanda, even with our long history of racial prejudice.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

What struck me most about this book was how apt the title is. I think the two men Ordinaru have admired most are my father and Nelson Mandela.

Jan 03, Chenoa Siegenthaler rated it it was amazing. With “a cooler of beer, a leather binder, and a hidden phone” he saved 1, people.

Jun 03, Histteach24 rated it it was amazing. I also felt that Paul’s poetic way of using metaphors to explain his thought process made this an easy read that flowed.

He had the right combination of social intelligence and ability to read the personalities of others to save the lives of ordinnary, people. The rest was Paul Rusesabagina may be an ordinary man but he tells an extraordinary story. Beforethe exceptionally courteous population of this tiny, beautiful African country seemed anything but dangerous, but behind their smiles, Rusesabaginz nursed deep political and historical grievances.

He’s a living saint if there ever was one.

His story of his efforts to save his family and as many of his fellow Rwandans as possible during the genocide of is heartbreaking, and inspiring. But rusesabaginw worked there as well. Want to Read saving….

It is unlikely that any other person could have accomplished what he did at that time and place.


The spasm of violence might have been nipped in the bud–but the UN stood aside and ordered its troops not to intervene, while France, hoping to gain political influence, actually helped arm the Hutus, and protected them after they were beaten. If you have not seen the film, read the book first, then go watch it. It is a small country with limited area and resources, far from stable Europe and from an indifferent US.

That leather binder was filled with high-level contacts he had made in years of treating VIP hotel guests graciously. The usual stereotype is that Tutsis are tall and thin with delicate noses, and Hutus are short and stocky with wider noses, but most people in Rwanda fit neither description.

An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner | : Books

He calculated that he saved a matter of a few hours’ worth of deaths, based on the rate of killing in those few months, a rate unsurpassed by any other genocide in recorded history. News of internal conflict became as relevant as the German Holocaust and more problematic given the history of Rwanda -The United Nations and the genocide as told by Paul Rusesabagina is riveting and worth reading before analyzing the movie.

Rusesabagina is a master at diplomacy and delay, postponing what he fears will be inevitable with a mixture of philosophy, good manners and plain cash handouts.