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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Some person who laughed and cried and ate and thought and felt and hurt just like any other person, ruseasbagina like you and me. The author doesn’t bother dressing the story up in fancy language, probably because he doesn’t have to. In Rwanda, this meant he was Tutsi. Under the standards of mad extremism at work then I was a prime candidate for a beheading.

You have to know what people are saying in order to argue against their points of view. Then he follows his life as a young man and describes how he ended up being a hotel manager.

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, rusesbagina on a phone and his extensive contacts book to call in favours.

An Ordinary Man 5 19 Jun 29, Paul Rusesabagina may be an ordinary man but he tells an extraordinary story. Anyone Who Can Stomach It: The killing and dismemberment started just minutes later. In the late spring and early summer of it meant the difference between life and death.


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the monster they had created and the UN waited until the rebel army had arrived before sheltering the murderers, having withdrawn the troops sent in to keep the peace. In an excerpt from ‘An Ordinary Man,’ Paul Rusesabagina describes the economics of luxury hotels in poor African nations.

I married a Tutsi woman, whom I love with a fierce passion, and we had a child of mixed descent together.

He gives first- and second-hand accounts of the atrocities. The rest was for convincing influential people not to kill the refugees in the hotel. The World Themes teacher and I created an interdisciplinary unit using imperialism as the link.

The same gift of the gab that a ordinnary hotel manager deploys to schmooze an irate guest complaining about draughts made the difference between life and death; he cajoled and coaxed, flattered and deceived, lied and bribed. Sometimes that meant appealing to self-interest, greed or vanity–not just moral qualms.

It was written very simply, and directly. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

Paul Rusesabagina, No ‘Ordinary Man’

Under extraordinary rusesabbagina, this ordinary man did the extraordinary. I tusesabagina a great deal about the history of the ethnic divide and Rwandan culture that I did not know before. But I hadn’t known that Paul Rusesabagina had written a book until very recently when I happened to stumble on it here on I was only 12 years old when the genocide in Rwanda took place.


Refresh and try again. If the killers come looking for you through the front door, just leave through the backdoor. But I can’t imagine saying that to Rusabagina’s face without flinching, Rwandans were slaughtered right in front of the eyes of the world in around three months.

An Ordinary Man: The True Story Behind Hotel Rwanda: Paul Rusesabagina: Bloomsbury Paperbacks

Movie 1 6 Dec 02, Rusesabagina simply told his and his country’s story as he understood it. Many went slowly from slash wounds, watching their own blood gather in pools in the dirt, perhaps looking at their own severed limbs, oftentimes with the screams of their parents or their children or their husbands in their ears. 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.

No suspense, no drama, just his story in everyday language. I just know that Rusesabagina’s is a heroic and brave story that inspires me. Murders at the top are usually followed by slaughters of everyday people. This is the story of a Rwandan hotel manager who used his words to save 1, people from being slaughtered by machete during the Rwandan genocide in