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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I did, and I cried bucketloads. Some person who laughed and cried and ate and thought and felt and hurt just like any other person, just like you and me. I married a Tutsi woman, whom I love with a fierce passion, and we had a child of mixed descent together. Eight hundred thousand lives snuffed out in rusesahagina hundred days.

And also angry that for days the rest of the world did nothing to stop it: But we might be able to at least talk to one another. This is the memoir of Paul Ruseabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda during the genocide. I kept the Hotel Mille Collines open, even as the nation descended into chaos and eight hundred thousand people were butchered by their friends, neighbors, and countrymen.

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Yet another of my advantages was a very strange one. It felt intimate, like Rusesabagina and I were having a conversation. But he still cannot return home. It is that to which Rusesabagina appealed time and time again to save the people in his hotel.

It was a predictable and well-orchestrated genocide and the modern local media played a key role. As his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide ofhotel manager Paul Rusesabagina—the “Oskar Schindler of Africa”—refused to bow to the madness that surrounded him.


This should place a touch of humility upon those of us who say that Christianity has a message of peace and justice.

An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography

Each one of those lives was like a little world in itself. He was meticulous and careful and used his position to get to know the regulars, including many in the military and government. He tells us how the world’s most powerful nations failed to act to prevent the massacre, and qn he used his wits and his courage and his words and connections alone to save over 1, people from a certain and gruesome death.

I would like to say yes, but the continuing inaction in Darfur has been sickening. There was nothing particularly heroic zn it.

Instead of using his words as weapons of death, he saw rusesabagia even the most evil man still had some good in him, and he appealed to this part of the enemy in order to save many lives; his words became veritable tools of life. Yet he survived, as did every person in his hotel. The Clinton administration refused to help, the Mitterand presidency actively supported the killers, the Belgians bulked at the monster they had created and the UN waited until pail rebel army had arrived before sheltering the murderers, having withdrawn the troops sent in to keep the peace.

Or as he put it, 4 hours worth of lives out of rusesaabgina hundred days. May 29, Kimberly rated it it ny amazing Shelves: His story of his efforts to save his family and as many of his fellow Rwandans as possible during the genocide of is heartbreaking, and inspiring.


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.

Bring out a bottle of good wine, share it with the general leading the gangs, and talk to him over drinks. As his country was being torn apart by violence during the Rwandan genocide ofhotel manager Paul 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 rusesabagnia, members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes.

The lack of artistry ordinarj it a truth and a weight that would have felt fake and forced had it been more showy. Perhaps we will not be the best of friends. The book’s title is a wry understatement: Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than 12, members of the Pauo clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside.

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. qn

It also taught me how to keep the physical property secure and how to make guests feel comfortable in strange situations.