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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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Many Rwandese including victims of risesabagina genocide feel as if he exaggerated his tale in order to paint himself in the best light.
For some strange reason, I tend to gravitate towards emotionally difficult subject matter when it comes to my reading material.
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
He is not shy about placing blame on the international community. With the aid of a New York journalist, Tom Zoellner, he recounts the ordeal with a narrative tension worthy of a superior thriller, and the passages on the build-up to the genocide are particularly compelling.
Want nan Read saving…. The international community has not been aggressive enough in making Sudan accountable for the slaughter in its own territory. If you have not seen the film, read the book first, then go watch it. 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 ruxesabagina in all of us, and it is our choice which one we will let rule us. This has left a lot of them resentful and alienated.
Rusesabagina suggests that much of Rusesavagina significant business – trade contracts, arms deals, ministerial appointments – was conducted by his hotel’s pool, and he was always on hand to loosen tongues with lobster and Chivas.
But he responded with extraordinary actions. I beg to differ. So much so that I actually had ordinarj stop the CD, stop the car, then turn it back on to listen to because it was so moving and was making it hard for me to concentrate on driving.
He demonstrates a quick mind that gets him and others out of way of madmen. After WW-II, when Belgium and other colonial powers left Africa, corrupt politics soon brought a general deterioration. Even after 10 years since the civil war in Rwanda, this book would engage students in sociology, psychology, ethics, and leadership classes.
As a former college professor, I often consider how my Goodreads selections could have been used in the classroom. An Ordinary Man is the story of Paul R. Rusesabagina and his co-author, Tim Zoellner, in simple, direct language tell what it is like to ordihary in hell Orinary gives us quite a clue when he te The title was, to me, offputting initially. In the process of doing this he had to bargain with obviously evil people who he didn’t like or respect.
Stay in Touch Sign up. In his autobiography, Mr. This was quite a coup for a black man working in a luxury hotel in Rwanda. Paul Rusesabagina is an Oscar Schindler for Africa, for the late 20th century.
Even when the streets were littered with corpses, he patiently continued talking until each killer in front of him turned into just a man, open to making paull deal. This is not something of which to be proud.
An Ordinary Man Reader’s Guide
How do you think it can be counteracted? He gives first- and second-hand accounts of the atrocities. I am a hotel manager. 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.
“An Ordinary Man : An Autobiography” by Paul Rusesabagina and Tom Zoellner
And finally, when the man had calmed down, Rusesabagina suggested a solution that might make all parties happy. It is unlikely that any other person could have accomplished what he did at that time and place.
Many people have questione Although I’ve read so many ordinayr about Rwanda, I really enjoyed this book because you get a personal perspective from Paul himself. The book’s title is a wry understatement: The lack of artistry lends it a truth and a weight that would have felt fake and forced had it been more showy.
Avoid judgment, find his soft side, and gently encourage it.
His brief pauses from the exciting narrative focus on how ethical standards drive actions reveal leadership. He shows how a person can rise above the mob mentality and be a hero just by showing common decency and refusing to falter.