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. The man made famous by Hotel Rwanda offers a compelling and horrifying account of the genocide in An Ordinary Man, says Simon. David Smith on An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda.

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His actions were not those of a hero, he insists; any decent person would have done the same. And I had a working telephone and I had my tongue.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

It was, in a way, part of my job. He gives us quite a clue when he tells us about his childhood.

So, with that being said, when I saw that Rusesabagina had written ordinarg story down, I needed to read it. I heard about it on the news my dad watched every night, but admittedly I mah not exactly politically observant back then, and the news was nothing more than background noise to me, so I knew next to nothing when I saw “Hotel Rwanda”. Rusesabagina was the manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines, better known to filmgoers as Hotel Rwanda.

The book begins with a wonderful look at the landscape an culture o fthis tiny country, almost a village of a country, in the heart of Africa, caught up in the struggle for colonial power. There is no room for showy writing in a story like this and the spare and enlightening prose is let down only by a little repetition.

I worry about these young men and women. How do you feel about your newfound celebrity? But it has happened in every other culture that has fallen prey to genocidal madness.

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

Jul 21, Barb rated it it was amazing. No, the true state of human affairs is life as it ought to be lived. Anybody else with this kind of advantage could have done what I did.

And finally, when the man had calmed down, Rusesabagina suggested a solution that might make all parties happy.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography – Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner – Google Books

He was later able to use ruzesabagina connections to good effect. What did I have to work with? Before the genocide, why were you drawn to radio broadcasts that screamed nonsense about the evils of Tutsis? LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Dividing the country helped their rule, but it also sowed new seeds of hatred. A better author could have wrung every tear and every heartache out of these pages, and Rusesabagina did not do that. Often during the genocide, the Pau, and moderate Hutu waited silently at roadblocks for their turn to be slaughtered.

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. An Ordinary Man makes clear that the most famous hero of the Rwandan genocide survived above all because of his strength of character and his capitalist wits. But in this case it was not a joke. When a crazed army officer barged pul the Hotel Des Milles Collines, Rusesabagina treated him much as he would any angry hotel guest.


He used his skills, training, and supplies at hand to fend off an army.

And the way they died How can genocide occur when there are so many more bystanders and victims than aggressors? Movie 1 6 Dec 02, And the reason why it worked so well was because it appealed to one basic aspect of people’s nature: Outside those hotel walls, mobs hunted down their victims and hacked them to death with machetes.

Ordinary citizens, seemingly peaceful and friendly, suddenly ganged up on their neighbors, hacking them apart with machetes, then looting their homes.

He was a banana farmer who never learned how to read, but I think he was one of the wisest men who ever lived. The United States has branded it a genocide, but has done nothing concrete to save lives. Read it Forward Read it first. Under the standards of mad extremism at work then I was a prime candidate for a beheading. His memoir goes further, charting his extraordinary career and never-before-reported details of Rwanda’s days of horror — and the betrayal he still feels toward the U.

I had no idea what that must have sounded like. This article summarizes what I’ve been hearing on the matter