Rusesabagina’s book (written with Tom Zoellner) lacks the suspense and excitement of the film Hotel Rwanda, but An Ordinary Man is thoroughly readable and accessible. Written in a conversational tone (“Let me tell you more,” he writes in order to explain the complicated relationship between the Hutus and the Tutsis), the author moves the book along by beginning at the beginning. He traces the ugly history of the colonization of Rwanda by the Germans and the Belgians, and cogently explains how the tension between the Hutu and Tutsi tribes was manufactured and then kept alive by the white European settlers and colonizers who feared that if the Hutus and Tutsis united, they could rise up against their white oppressors. By setting one tribe against the other, the colonizers could maintain their power and authority.
The reason behind the masses setting the extraordinary men on pedestals a generation later is that it takes time for them to stop being the enemy of this change, and it takes time to become an ally of the man and the movement, which they fought so hard to deny.
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Dostoevsky is not satirizing the idea of an extraordinary man; on the contrary, he is proposing it as a possibility- a possibility that is hardly possible.
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Let a woman in your life,
And you're up against a wall.
Make a plan and you will find
She has something else in mind,
And so rather than do either
You do something else that neither likes at all.
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You want to talk of Keats or Milton;
She only wants to talk of love.
You go to see a play or ballet
And spend it searching for her glove.
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Let a woman in your life,
And you invite eternal strife.
Let them buy their wedding bands
For those anxious little hands.
I'd be equally as willing
For a dentist to be drilling
Than to ever let a woman in my life!
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I'm a very gentle man,
Even-tempered and good-natured
Whom you never hear complain;
Who has the milk of human kindness
By the quart in every vein.
n this age few tragedies are written
An average man am I,
Of no eccentric whim,
Who likes to live his life, free of strife,
Doing whatever he thinks is best for him.
Oh, Just an ordinary man.
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A patient man am I,
Down to my fingertips;
The sort who never could, ever would,
Let an insulting remark escape his lips.
A very gentle man.