For good and for evil, as was the case in the spring of in Rwanda. Over days, some , people were slaughtered, most hacked to death by machete. Narrator Hoffman delivers those words in a stirring audio performance. With a crisp African accent, Hoffman renders each sentence with heartfelt conviction and flat-out becomes Rusesabagina.
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Shelves: dystopias , politicalish , non-fiction , tear-jerkers , reviewed , library-books , , highly-recommended , bad-shit-and-atrocities I was only 12 years old when the genocide in Rwanda took place.
I heard about it on the news my dad watched every night, but admittedly I was not exactly politically observant back then, and the news was nothing more than background noise to me, so I knew next to nothing when I saw "Hotel Rwanda".
The movie was eye-opening, to say the least, and I was incredibly moved by it. For some strange reason, I tend to gravitate towards emotionally difficult subject matter when it comes to my reading material.
Maybe that makes me a little callous, but if so, then so be it. So, with that being said, when I saw that Rusesabagina had written his story down, I needed to read it. 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.
The book was not nearly as emotionally moving as it could have been. It was written very simply, and directly. No suspense, no drama, just his story in everyday language. A better author could have wrung every tear and every heartache out of these pages, and Rusesabagina did not do that. This is not a criticism though. The lack of artistry lends it a truth and a weight that would have felt fake and forced had it been more showy.
I enjoyed reading it immensely. It felt intimate, like Rusesabagina and I were having a conversation. This was not the best written book, and I counted quite a few incongruent details and typos and grammatical errors, but aside from that, this was an incredibly compelling story.
Rusesabagina simply and honestly introduced us to his Rwanda, the Rwanda he grew up in and loved and would always love, and also the sinister Rwanda lurking just under the surface, which would rise in to kill , people in a little over 3 months.
He saved people when his entire country had gone mad. He shows how a person can rise above the mob mentality and be a hero just by showing common decency and refusing to falter. 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.
An Ordinary Man: An Autobiography
Confronting killers with a combination of diplomacy, flattery, and deception, he offered shelter to more than twelve hundred members of the Tutsi clan and Hutu moderates, while homicidal mobs raged outside with machetes. An Ordinary Man explores what the Academy Award-nominated film Hotel Rwanda could not: the inner life of the man who became one of the most prominent public faces of that terrible conflict. Comment: Rusesabagina relates the full story of his life - growing up as the son of a rural farmer and the child of a mixed marriage Hutu father, Tutsi mother , and how he became the first Rwandan manager of the Belgian-owned Hotel Milles Collines. He then takes the reader inside his hotel where he protected 1, people from almost certain death for three terrible months between April 6 and July 4 during which time more than , Rwandans were killed. Just try! Eight hundred thousand lives snuffed out in one hundred days.
Learn how and when to remove this template message Rusesabagina was one of nine children born to a Hutu father and Tutsi mother in Murama, Rwanda. By age 13, he was fluent in English and French. He married his first wife, Esther Sembeba, on September 8, By the end of his adolescence, Rusesabagina had decided to become a minister. He and his wife moved to Cameroon where he studied at seminary[ clarification needed ]. In December , he, his wife, and two children moved to Kigali.
BookBrowse Reviews An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina