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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An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda: Paul Rusesabagina: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

May 04, Cherie rated it liked it Shelves: 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. The riveting life story of hotel manager Paul Rusesabagina who, as his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide ofsheltered more than 12, members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes.

The Tutsi forces too were harsh, and did not always distinguish friend from foe. Rusesabagina talks about how the genocide started, and what he did in order to keep his hotel running and protect the refugees. But back to Paul and how he was able to be effective in his role as hotel manager. These children are now emerging into adolescence. His father was a leader in his village, and he was not afraid of death. He also provided Paul with an example of a person untainted by the absurd prejudices of the time.


I was only 12 years old when the genocide in Rwanda took place.

It will take much love and ordinaryy to ensure they have a sense of meaning and purpose. What this ordinary man did was amazing, and a blessing to the world. Ok, some of you may have watched the movie Hotel Rwanda.

An Ordinary Man

None of the refugees in my hotel were killed. Dividing the country helped their rule, but ruseesabagina also sowed new seeds of hatred. We are experiencing technical difficulties. 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 rusezabagina fear that they can, and give convincing reasons. It is a small country with limited area and resources, far from stable Europe and from an indifferent US.

Sometimes that meant appealing to self-interest, greed or vanity–not just moral qualms. It is without question graphic, but a genocide where the chief weapon was the machete could not described without disturbing images. The film itself packs an enormous emotional punch, but with the book you suddenly understand it much better.

An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner – Reading Guide – : Books

I now have it on reserve at the library. This may seem a very strange belief for a contemporary Rwandan to hold. Many people have questioned his ability to be able to keep all of the people alive in his hotel when so often they were close to being killed. Oct 21, Natalie Richards rated it it was amazing Shelves: He managed to turn the hotel into a refugee base and, amazingly, held off the militia and other killers for 76 days, saving the lives of more than people.


I had a five-story building. 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 odinary a mile in someone else’s shoes – even when there is a rock in one.

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New York, New York: His voice, his personality, his clear-sightedness all come through brilliantly in this co-written autobiography. He bj me pal tremendous power of words. Even the vaguest rumor of rescue had been fatal to those on the wrong side of the racial divide.

During the years during Rwanda’s genocide Janet Reno and our United States government struggled over the term genocide yet broadcasts continued to plead for intervention. Those were some of the internal factors.

The French owners o the Hotel Mille Collines recognized his talent and sent him to hotel school and later placed him as manager. Paul placed the blame for the genocide primarily at the feet of this station, which, it turns out, actually was government-run after all.

There are some who claim his Presidential Medal of Honor and numerous other awards were not deserved, but the fact that he saved lives while those around him were wielding machetes is undisputed.