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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When a crazed army officer barged into the Hotel Des Milles Collines, Rusesabagina treated him much as he would any angry hotel guest. It will take much love and effort to ensure they have a sense of meaning and purpose. I have very mixed feelings. There is also a strange fascination with rhetoric that grows more and more ludicrous. I had been moved, and awakened, by the movie, and I was thrilled that there was an autobiography that would allow me to learn more about the man himself, and the country that had caused so much devastation for itself and its people.
It is a small country with limited area and resources, far from stable Europe and from an indifferent US. He had learnt about hospitality from his gregarious father, had refined his trade in Switzerland and Belgium the hotel was then owned by the Belgian airline, Sabena and, in time, he became the supreme rusesabayina.
Rusesabagina even names names: The true resting state of human affairs is not represented by a man hacking his neighbor into pieces with a machete.
It is difficult to understand a situation where friends suddenly become enemies, where children are slaughtered along with their parents.
We have a deep-seated respect for authority figures in my country. These children are now emerging into adolescence. There is ruseaabagina to be learned from this honest tale, and Rosesabagina and Zoellner express it quite well.
Anyway, An Ordinary Man is the autobiography of the man whom the movie is based on.
An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina, Tom Zoellner | : Books
He gives us quite a clue when he tells us about his childhood. Why was the Rwandan genocide the fastest one in history? It is like trying all at once to understand that the earth is surrounded by billions of balls of gas just like our sun across a vast blackness.
It is that to which Rusesabagina appealed time and time again rusesabaginq save the people in his hotel. Angry talk shows on the radio stoked long-held resentments against the Tutsi minority. He had every reason to hate his adversaries. This is a story about the right man with the right abilities at a bad place at a maj time.
The history of a reluctant hero
I was the general manager of a hotel called the Diplomates, but I was eventually asked to take charge of rusesabaina sister property, the nearby Hotel Mille Collines, where most of the events described in this book took place. They have no solution, no one does, but if one is reached some day, this slim book has been an important contribution towards it.
But back to Paul and how he was able to jan effective in his role as hotel pqul. Anybody with a gun or a machete could have taken these things away from me quite easily. He tells us how the world’s most powerful nations failed to act to prevent the massacre, and how he used his wits and his courage and his words and connections alone to save over 1, people from a certain and gruesome death.
But of course genocide can never make sense, but at least the book’s history explains the events rusesabagkna up to it. It taught me how to be unyielding when I needed to be firm, and how to be gracious in the face of anger.
An Ordinary Man Excerpt
The people who wanted to kill them were mostly Hutus, who were traditionally farmers. But we always listened to him carefully in our family. All these things helped me during the genocide. Sep 25, Feisty Harriet rated it liked it Shelves: It’s hard to review a true story about something terrible. The author doesn’t bother dressing the story up in fancy language, probably because he doesn’t have to.
Nov 28, David P rated it it was amazing Shelves: As the manager of the best hotel in Rwanda, I had to stay informed about what the nation was saying to itself.