Poitier credits his parents and his childhood on tiny Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of right and wrong and of self-worth that he has never surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world. Without television, radio, and material distractions to obscure what matters most, he could enjoy the simple things, endure the long commitments, and find true meaning in his life.
Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents. Just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and the automobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career. Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition.
Here is Poitier's own introspective look at what has informed his performances and his life. Poitier explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, price and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man in the face of limits - his own and the world's. A triumph of the spirit, The Measure of a Man captures the essential Poitier.
©2000 Sidney Poitier; (P)2000 HarperCollins Publishers
"Moving...Poitier writes with vivid emotion about [past] clashes and brings them blazingly alive." (The New York Times Book Review)
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Although I enjoyed hearing Sidney Poitier's story, I found this book somewhat rambling. It seemed like he spoke into a recorder, and then it was transcribed into a book. It WAS fun to hear his voice as the narrator. I listened to the book and also had the Kindle version. At times I followed the print and the audio, and I found that he was speaking words that weren't in the Kindle version! The two version didn't always match, in other words. That convinced me that somehow the editing/writing was haphazard. The sections on his life in Hollywood and his intersection with the civil rights movement were the most interesting. The "spiritual" part about his outlook on life etc was not as uplifting as I had hoped.
I can remember being a first year teacher way back when and thinking of Poitier's movie, To Sir with Love, and how he faces an unruly class. I remember asking myself, " What would Sidney Poitier do?" when a situation occurred that was similar to the movie where a student dropped a sanitary napkin or tampax on the classroom floor :) I need to find that movie and watch it now - so many years later.
AMAZING LIKE SIDNEY!
I'm still just in the first chapter and I've laughed out loud and cried. This book is amazing already! I cannot wait to finish it, but will be so sad when it's over!
Yarn Yearner, Story Seeker, Legend Lover, Fable Fanatic and Tale Teller
I don't generally listen to things more than once. There is too much to learn in the world.
Poitier as a child was fascinating. What different people we might all be if all of us grew up not knowing what others had. The concept of contentment because there is no knowledge that there is more was something to think about. Rather than 5 year olds demanding designer jeans, how about a childhood where if you are hungry, you go fishing or gather fruit. Nobody has"things" so the avaricious tendencies of our society are tempered. Poitier recognizes the value of an extremely simple childhood. What a boon if more children could grow up this way.
How much do we REALLY need?
Yes! To hear the author tell "his" story seem to bring it to life. By emphasizing the things that were important to him, made the story more real and enjoyable.
His childhood, when he talked about his father and the lessons learned from him, which actually dictates the title of the Book.
It was his own character, as he relived the importance of the lessons that became the measures of this man.
When he spoke of his mother, her love and their closeness as a family. She was really the core of the family. She cooked, cleaned, did all the chores and took care of the family, and never complained.
The Measure of a Man is not a "tell all" or "biography", but the wonderful story of a man's values and morals. It speaks to the measures of humanity and how it applied to this man's life. Really Good Book!!!!! I highly recommend it.
Mr. Poitier's incredible voice of course is one of the highlights of this purchase! His honest story of his life is at once magical and relatably ordinary. I had to watch 'Patch of Blue' to extend my Sidney Poitier experience and bought the paperback for my mother for Mother's Day! I would like to write Sidney a letter and encourage him to stage his production that he was so moved by another's stage performance to create and 'let the lion within roar!' We would love to come and see you!!! This is the only reason I clicked 4 stars for the story instead of 5. I was sad that he hadn't produced and starred in his own stage production! Thank you for writing this book, Sidney Poitier!
Congruent, Honest. Entertaining.
His early life with his parents
At times I laughed and at other times, I wept.
Beautiful diction and pronunciation.
HIs articulation of the english language and memory of his youth and the stepping stones to manhood were amazing. His business since and determination to only except excellent roles to his childhood charater and behaviors made him what he is today exceptional, professional, and great.
This takes audio books to a new high for me. The full measure of a man in his own words! Unequaled and Superb. If you only had one audio book in your library this would be that book. That Good!
The author takes you into his mind and values on a solid gold adventure in reality. We may not all measure up though we may have the nerve to stand and cheer when it's been done with such integrity and honesty.
Don't be small it was all good!
That's the thing! The film has been made this is THE STORY! that is woven between them.
Wow. I had no Idea I could be so Angry I couldn't loan it to a friend!
The Transition from poor to rich and how you never get away from being poor.
Oprah said to like this, so some people are going to like it already before they open the book. I am giving it three stars, because it has a very personal feel to the narration. I am not going to say this is a bad book, only that it was not for me. A few hours into it, I had to ask myself really why was I going to waste another few hours learning about an actor that will be forgotten in 20 years instead of reading about someone who made a bigger impact on history. Nothing against Portier, but two or three hours into it that's why I gave up. Almost anyone can sit back and tell you about their life, but I felt there were better stories out there. that's all. This is not a bad book.
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