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.

Author: Nazuru Shaktikinos
Country: Andorra
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Technology
Published (Last): 10 September 2015
Pages: 385
PDF File Size: 7.64 Mb
ePub File Size: 14.58 Mb
ISBN: 205-4-54627-572-6
Downloads: 35749
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Dikinos

News of internal conflict became as relevan In I was blessed with the gift of history about a very special man-A man who earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Civil Rights Museum’s Freedom Award- An ordinary manhired by the Swiss hotel chains to manage a luxury hotel chain, is an understatement.

The core of his story concerns the day stand-off between the Tutsi refugees ruzesabagina eight to a room in his hotel and the mob outside.

The book begins with a wonderful look at the landscape an culture o fthis tiny country, almost a village of a country, in the heart mann Africa, caught up in the struggle for colonial power.

The hotel could offer only an illusion of safety, but for whatever reason, the illusion prevailed and I survived to tell the story, along with those I sheltered. Rusesabagina russabagina the manager of the Hotel des Mille Collines, better known to filmgoers as Hotel Rwanda.

Here is the manager of the most prestigious hotel of the capital, skilled in catering to the needs of important visitors and pleasing diverse guests in an orderly and non-obtrusive fashion–and suddenly he is in a battle zone, his hotel turned into rusesabaginq unarmed city of refuge.

An Ordinary Man Reader’s Guide

I also thought this was a raw and realistic look at the effects of imperialism, the lack of compassion and greed of world powers, and the U. News of internal conflict became as relevant as the German Holocaust and more problematic given the history rusesabagin Rwanda -The United Nations and the genocide as told by Paul Rusesabagina is riveting and worth reading before analyzing the movie.

I’ve only recently realized this about myself, but I’ve always been drawn to books about devastating subjects – death, loss, abuse, oordinary holocaust etc. This is the memoir of Paul Ruseabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda during the genocide. Paul Rusesabagina is an incredibly controversial and unpopular character in Rwanda on all sides of the risesabagina, and not just because he’s spoken out against Paul Kagame. My preexisting friendship with General Augustin Bizimungu in particular helped save the Mille Collines from being raided many times over.


Pau looked as if she might faint. And I had ten years worth of friendship with some of the perpetrators of the killings. It hasn’t happened yet, but looking at things like the Rohingya crisis scares me into think that it’s totally possible. As the manager of the best hotel in Rwanda, I had to stay informed about what the nation was saying to itself. He used his skills, training, and supplies at hand to fend off an army. If we’re the victim, it’s easy enough to want to do something to stand-up for ourselves, and to translate thoughts into actions.

Rusesabagina’s story is one we should not have had to read again, but is one that everyone should have to read now. An Ordinary Man 5 19 Jun 29, ordinaary I had a cooler full of drinks. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. But of course genocide can never make sense, but at least the book’s history explains the events leading up to it.

There are some who claim his Presidential Medal of Honor and numerous other awards were not deserved, pauo the fact that he saved lives while those around him were wielding machetes is undisputed. This background offers an insight into why and how the Orcinary genocide occurred. This may seem a very strange belief for a contemporary Rwandan to hold.

Recommended to Mam Harmonybites by: The storm broke in Aprilwith the murder by missile of the presidents of both Rwanda and Burundi no one ever found who did it. He offered the man a drink, and then deferred to every statement his guest made.

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

Many people believe that he was able to Be careful with this story. Paul Rusesabagina, No ‘Ordinary Man’ Twelve years ago, Hutu militias began a slaughter in Rwanda that left at leastpeople dead. The author doesn’t bother dressing the story up in fancy language, probably because he doesn’t have to.

Published March 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st This type of blended family is typical in Rwanda, even with our long history of racial prejudice. He then describes Rwanda’s history. It is very dangerous to go outside.


Another thing that this book explains is that the international community ignored this genocide and allowed it to go on for so long. The narrative itself is a powerful message for all of us, and because it’s told so simply, its power is amplified.

This was a symbolic gesture. Rusesabagina suggests the tragedy arose principally from a quest for power and a fear of difference; readers may draw their own comparisons with the Nazi Holocaust and tribal conflicts elsewhere. Oct 19, Hannah rated it really liked it. We have to take advantage of every opportunity put before us.

Many Rwandese including victims of the genocide feel as if he exaggerated his tale in order to paint himself in the best light. Mostly because it could so easily happen today. But he had the self control to maintain a friendly face and the endurance to flatter and manipulate as needed. And from here, it is quite as harrowing as you’d expect. But there’s no mistaking the contempt he feels for the utter failure of the United Nations peacekeepers to foresee and avert what was an entirely preventable disaster.

He shows how a situation like this can happen,and predicted it will happen again, but most importantly, he shows that there is good and evil in all of us, and it is our choice which one we will let rule us. Lesser men may have tried to flee, less resourceful ones may have died–indeed, he himself was reconciled to the thought of never getting out alive.

IN this memoir he does an excellent job of explaining the basis for the race hatred, the not-so-subtle propaganda, and the genocide. He had the right combination of social intelligence and ability to read the personalities of others to save the lives of 1, people.

Author: admin