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 Rusesabagina feels that it is inadequate to deal with the horrendous crime of genocide, that “we are not binding up the wounds of history.

Oct 04, Jocelyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author also tells the story of both his negotiations with specific individuals and the story of what happened to others that he knew. Toward the end of the book he describes numerous brave cases where shelter was provided for the targets of the killers. Most of the people hiding in my hotel were Tutsis, descendants of what had once been the ruling class of Rwanda. I think this is a very important thing to be aware of, given that it’s likely that many more similar events will happen in various parts of the world, within our lifetimes.

Through this volume we become familiar with the history of Palu. It was, in a way, part of my job. As his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide ofhotel manager Paul Rusesabagina—the “Oskar Schindler of Africa”—refused to bow to rusesabaginna madness that surrounded him.

The storm broke in Aprilwith the murder by missile of the presidents of both Rwanda and Burundi no one ever found who did it. The swimming pool was for water rations.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

So they knew who I was and were willing to listen to my line of reasoning. Before the hundred days were over a squad of soldiers was dispatched to kill me. In I was blessed with the gift of history about a very special man-A man who earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom and 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.


That is a sick aberration.

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May 04, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: Call it the by-stander effect, if you will. There are so many stories of selfless people during the genocide who did whatever they could to help their countrymen, this is not one of them. Although I’ve read so many books about Rwanda, I really enjoyed this book because you get a personal perspective from Paul himself. This article summarizes what I’ve been hearing on the matter Often during the genocide, the Tutsi and moderate Hutu waited silently at roadblocks for their turn to be slaughtered.

Mar 11, Lindsey rated it did not like it Shelves: Published March 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st He shows how a person can rise above the mob mentality and be a hero just by showing common decency and refusing to falter.

But it would not have happened without the author’s strong moral character, and the book also tells what the movie does not how that character was molded by a strict but kind family, especially by a mentoring and encouraging father.

Most of all, he explains how he cared for his hotel “guests” while negotiating with army and government officials. The movie was eye-opening, to say the least, and I was incredibly moved by it.

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According to him, the division between the Hutu and the Tutsis were imposed by the colonial powers as a divide and conquer rule. I think that the gut-wrenching stories help us to understand ourselves and each other and the world better, and there is just something wonderful about books that take us out of ourselves to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes – even when there is a rock in one. I had stored up a large bank of favors.

Maybe that makes me a little callous, but if so, then so be it. Paul provides an explanation that we should pay attention to. I share this yearning in my heart with other Rwandans, was God hiding from us during the killing? This book is probably the most important book I’ve read this year. Yet another of my advantages was a very strange one. And I knew my hotel could become an abattoir just like that school.


An Autobiography by Paul Rusesabagina. 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.

Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and rusesabzgina, he offered shelter to more than twelve thousand members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes. Instead of using This maj the story of a Rwandan hotel manager who used his words to save 1, people from being slaughtered by machete during the Rwandan genocide in Open Preview See a Problem?

The killing and dismemberment started just minutes later.

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. I had been moved, and awakened, by the movie, and I was thrilled that there was an autobiography that would allow me to learn more about the man himself, and the country that had caused so much devastation for itself and its orrinary. His story of his efforts to save his family and as many of his A quick read, but not a light one- in fact, after reading this on the train on the way ruswsabagina from work, I had to read something funny because I was so sad.

I learned a great deal about the history of the ethnic divide and Rwandan culture that I did not know before. But of course genocide can never make sense, but at least the book’s history explains the events leading up to it.