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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There was nothing unusual in Rusesabagina, a Hutu, taking a Tutsi wife. I regretted not spending more time appreciating the little things in my life that could have brought me such happiness: But gradually it used its power to reach people to spread a message of hatred against the Tutsis.

With “a cooler of beer, a leather binder, and a hidden phone” he saved 1, people. I had a five-story ny. My family cared not the least bit about this when I was growing up, but since bloodlines are passed through the father in Rwanda, I am technically a Hutu. Movie 1 6 Dec 02, There is also a strange fascination with rhetoric that grows more and more ludicrous.

“An Ordinary Man : An Autobiography” by Paul Rusesabagina and Tom Zoellner

A lot went into the toxic cocktail. They also make the point that no human being is simply evil, that each has a soft side. But the difference between Hutu and Tutsi means everything in Rwanda. We did not wake up one morning to hear it pouring out of the radio at full strength.

Ruseabagina also points outward to world indifference–particularly blaming the United Nations and the United States. May 29, Kimberly rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is no cause in the world more righteously embraced than our own when we feel someone has wronged us.

I loved the line with which he closes: Part autobiography of his early life, part war-time history of his country, part the basis of the movie Hotel Rwanda, this book is an interesting and heartbreaking mix. Lissi mentioned that in a law class they had recently watched a PBS Frontline special entitled Ghosts of Rwanda, a documentary made in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the genocide.


I bg the son of a Hutu farmer and his Tutsi wife. I think the two orsinary I have admired most are my father and Nelson Mandela. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Paul had a Tutsi mother and a Hutu father. What followed is hard to describe in just a few sentences. It’s interesting to note that Rwanda is the most heavily Christianized country in Africa. The contents of the crates, which had been made cheaply in China, were not remarkable in themselves, but their number – – suggested a new function had been found for dusesabagina beyond their standard use in slicing mangoes and cutting grass.

He discusses the dynamics of genocide, genocide prevention, and the need for retributive justice. 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.

Here is the manager of the most prestigious hotel of the capital, skilled in catering to the needs of important visitors and pleasing diverse rusdsabagina in an orderly and non-obtrusive fashion–and suddenly he is in a battle zone, his hotel turned into an unarmed city of refuge.

I’m very glad that I discovered it here, and I’m even more glad to have read it.

An Ordinary Man Reader’s Guide

I still had to tune in. But Rusesabagina clung rusesanagina his confidence in the power of language. In Rwanda, this meant he was Tutsi. 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.

Do you think the leaders of the world have really learned anything since the genocide in ? He managed to turn the hotel into a refugee base and, amazingly, held off the militia and other killers for 76 days, saving the l First, listening to this book on audio was extremely powerful.

My disappearance, and that of my family, would have barely been noticed in the torrents of blood coursing through Rwanda in those months. Sometimes that meant appealing to self-interest, greed or vanity–not just moral qualms. More than eight hundred thousand people were killed in less than one hundred days. People who may seem purely evil, he tells us, often have hard and soft sides to their personality–for instance, that police chief siding with the murderers may not be completely at peace with what he is doing.


The author doesn’t bother dressing the story up in fancy language, probably because he doesn’t have to. Perhaps we will not be the best of friends. In the process of doing this he had to bargain with obviously evil people who he didn’t like or respect. After reading this book, I see why he was successful. My name is Paul Rusesabagina. Each one of those lives was like a little world in itself.

An autoboigraphy of Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda. I knew the names of their wives and their children.

Under extraordinary circumstances, this ordinary man did the extraordinary. Early in his account, Rusesabagina tries to explain the true scale of the massacre and it is clear that he still cannot comprehend it himself. 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 the saving of over 1, lives during the Rwandan Genocide and incites further hate when giving talks about his experiences during that time.

Paul did not let the owners down. More than five lives per minute. Pau because it could so easily happen today.

Having little knowledge of Rwanda, this book provided me with enough history to understand better the forces at work in Rwanda leading to the genocide ofas well as enough of Paul’s personal observations on the culture, geography, and personality of the people that I felt a love for the An autoboigraphy of Paul Rusesabagina, the man who inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda.

Feb 12, Roger Smitter rated it it was amazing. According to him, the division between the Hutu and the Tutsis were imposed by the colonial powers as a divide and conquer rule.

I never once heard him raise his voice or lose his temper.