I read this around 2008, and really enjoyed it. I hadn’t seen his movies, but I recognized his name. He’s a dad, a celebrity, an Afr. American, and I’m none of those. It STILL inspired me, I should re-read it.
The Measure of a man has a beautiful tone, and is like an old friend describing personal stories, anecdotes and life experiences and it is this gentle flow which ultimately makes the book hard to put down.
The first section which charts Poitier's idyllic, carefree childhood on Cat Island, Barbados is very well written. One of the strengths of the overall book is how he shows that this start along with a disciplined family life, is what allowed him to withstand much of the racism he later encountered in Miami and New York.
The book triumphs in this area, as it shows that with a deep-seated self-assurance Poitier simply refused to accept the negative portrayal of black people, which was often thrust upon him. This was also true of his career, where he chose only to accept roles portraying characters with a strong sense of personal integrity.
The book does have some shortcomings, particularly where Poitier fails to fully discuss his part in the failure of his first marriage. I also thought the last chapters were weak, as he tried to grapple with some very complex philosophical questions around the human condition.
However despite this, in my opinion The Measure of a Man is an intriguing memoir, providing an insight into a unique man and his place in the world.
I could not put this book down.... Sydney talks intimately about experiences, thoughts and feelings that come straight from his gut, from the time he was a boy to where he is at today... If you are a fan, of Sidney, this is an excellent read!!
A very fascinating account of his life from remote Island to Florida to New York. I found it inspiring how he handled being an "outsider" in more ways than one. His philosophy is something all young men can find helpful. He sets up the events and explains his internal processing that draws you into his conscious process. He is definitely a hero in his renderings of civil rights. A good read.
One of the most memorable books I have read to date.
Reading Mr. Poitier's poignant and raw autobiography was like listening to stories of my own father growing up. His life is compelling and he has some fantastic anecdotes and stories of his long struggle and climb to his current position.
Inspiring look at Sidney Poitier's incredible life from his early beginning coming to America and establishing his craft as an Academy Award winning actor.
I think he comes across like a sociopath.
Poitier shows how he changed the direction of his life despite barriers and how it turned him into the man that he is now.
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