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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Yet this is the world Paul did wake to, and strived to understand. I just know that Rusesabagina’s is a heroic and brave story that inspires me. Why aren’t more maan like Paul?

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It was, in a way, part of my job. May 04, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: I cashed them all in — and then borrowed heavily — during the genocide. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Open Preview See a Problem? 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.

Along the way the book examines the nature of genocide and what caused it to break out in Rwanda, what different infamous 20th century genocides share, and what could have prevented it.


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.

During the Rwandan genocide, he protected 1, people in the luxury ;aul he was managing. Our chance to make a difference in this world is so slim.

After reading this book, I see why he was successful. I married a Tutsi woman, whom I love with a fierce passion, and we had a child of mixed descent together. The monstrous efficiency was due to a few factors: How the author kept his cool in the midst of total insanity is admirable.

It seemed like false modesty. It’s hard not to respond to his plea amn we mean it when we say “never again” and do better in the future in preventing genocide than the ineffectual UN efforts that stood by as so many were slaughtered. I think that says much about the kind of man he is, that he can still believe that afterof his countrymen and women rusesabagiha slaughtered by their former friends and neighbors.

I had control of a luxury hotel, which was one of the few places during the genocide that had the image of being protected by soldiers.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

He was detail-oriented and fit the job of hotel manager very well. It is without question graphic, but irdinary genocide where the chief weapon was the machete could not described without disturbing images.


You have been a hero to many people. But we might be able to at least talk to one another.

My preexisting friendship with General Augustin Bizimungu in particular helped save the Mille Collines from being raided many times over. Anybody else with this kind of advantage could have done what I did.

I usually read thru my lunch hour, but had to stop because I couldn’t eat after reading about the horrors and brutality of regular people slaughtering their neighbors, their friends, even their own families. 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.

Preferential racial policies requiring racial registration and identification and which group was in favor swung back and forth between them depending on who was in power. The government controlled media play a critical role as well here. We need more of that today in Rwanda. This book is probably the most important book I’ve read this year.

I found myself folding pages and making notes for how I will use this in class. But they worked there as well.