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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Rusesabagina simply told his and his rusesabzgina story as he understood it. Rusesabagina talks about how the genocide started, and what h Ok, some of you may have watched the movie Hotel Rwanda. If you have not seen the film, read the book first, then go watch it. Maybe at one time such a division existed, but intermarriage and a common language and culture many had become Christian gradually blurred it. Paul Rusesabagkna is an Oscar Schindler for Africa, for the late 20th century.

Some 90 percent of the people identify themselves as Christians.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

Rusesabagina is a master at diplomacy and delay, postponing what he fears will be inevitable with a mixture of philosophy, good manners and plain cash handouts. I loved the line with which he closes: I think that says much about the kind of man he is, that he can still ppaul that afterof his countrymen and women were slaughtered by their former friends and neighbors.

It’s interesting to note that Rwanda is the rusesabxgina heavily Christianized country in Africa. This book gives me hope that good people can be found almost anywhere.

I think this is ordinady 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. It seemed that this was going to be all the help we would get from the United Nations tonight. By all rusesabaguna, read it. And I had a working telephone and I had my tongue. But I think you’d better go back to the Diplomates.

The authors fear that they can, and give convincing reasons.

The spasm of violence might have been nipped in the bud–but the UN stood aside and ordered its troops not to intervene, while France, hoping to gain political influence, actually helped arm the Hutus, and protected them after they were beaten. A legacy of European “divide and conquer” colonialism in Rwanda that ingrained and further stratified what were only somewhat fluid class divisions into racial divisions between the Tutsi and the Hutus.


Paul Rusesabagina saved the lives of 1, people by giving them sanctuary in the luxury hotel where he was manager, while keeping murderous soldiers at bay, relying on a phone and his extensive contacts book to call in favours. How do you think it can be counteracted?

It is the story of his ppaul life, from village childhood in the “country of a thousand hills” in central Africa, to reluctant exile after the genocide. In Novemberfive months before the slaughter began, several trucks arrived in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, with an unusual load.

Review: An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina with Tom Zoellner | Books | The Guardian

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. In Rwanda inHutus murderedpeople, mainly Tutsis, in days – a rate of more than five lives per minute.

There was no need for us to discuss the gravity of the situation. Though he loathed the opinions expressed, he found the shows fascinating.

Observer review: An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina | Books | The Guardian

He had the right combination of social intelligence and ability to read the personalities of He may have been an ordinary man before being placed in an extraordinary situation.

The guards pwul the gate for me at my house, and I walked through my front door to the ;aul of a ringing telephone. This covers some really difficult ground. Even then, the author realised how arbitrary were tribal distinctions, an incongruity amplified in his own background.

To complicate matters, his wife was a Tutsi and their child of mixed descent grew up with three Hutu siblings from a previous marriage. In fact, I basically had tears pricking the back of my eyes as I was reading this book, especially towards the end. Neighbor began attacking neighbor, and a killing spree began that rsesabagina eventually claim the lives of at least half a million people in the space of just a few months. Do the horrors described in the book make you look at Pakl differently?

I learned a great deal about the history of the ethnic divide and Rwandan culture that I did not know before.


My preexisting friendship with General Augustin Bizimungu in particular helped save the Mille Collines from being raided many times over. Goodreads helps ordinar keep track of books you want to read. After a delay of years, Paul is acclaimed for his heroic deeds and even invited to the White House. In Aprilwhen a wave of mass murder broke out in my country, I was able to hide 1, people inside the hotel where I worked.

Inhumanity begins not with big events but small events repeated all the time by thousands, even millions of persons.

This isn’t that kind of story. Those who were ordered to kill their neighbors often asked no questions. He had the right combination rusrsabagina social intelligence and ability to read the personalities of others to save the lives of 1, ordinwry.

The history of a reluctant hero

Paul Rusesabagina says in the book, “I felt that God left me on my own during the genocide. People were being hacked to death with machetes all over Rwanda, but that five-story building became a refuge for anyone who could make it to our doors.

Our chance to make a difference in this world is so slim. But they worked there as well. This may seem a very strange belief for a contemporary Rwandan to hold.

He also provided Paul with an example of a person untainted by the absurd prejudices of the time. How the author kept his cool in the midst of total insanity is admirable. This book is a very well-written account of Rusesabagina’s experience as a hotel manager during the Rwandan genocide of And Mandela showed the world the power of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Tom Zoellner Goodreads Author. But he responded with aj actions. The French owners o the Hotel Mille Collines recognized rusesabagiba talent and sent him to hotel school and later placed him as manager.

Rusesabagina’s story is one we should not have had to read again, but is one that everyone should have to read now.