The Measure of a Man
"I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I've suddenly come up with the answers to all life's questions. Quite the contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in selfquestioning. In other words, I wanted to find out, as I looked back at a long and complicated life, with many twists and turns, how well I've done at measuring up to the
A recommendation on the jacket says that reading this book is like having a conversation with a vanerable older relative, and I agree. There are moments when his insights on life and sprirtual aspects are interesting, and I found myself wanting to remember quotes for future us...more
His talk inspired me to check out this audiobook, which was equally moving. Many of those "snapshots" can be heard in extended form in this book. Poitier's voice i...more
but the audiobook is great. SP's voice is so soothing and wonderful. such lilt and timbre. i lo...more
What's most powerful about Poitier's "spiritual autobiograp...more
What I found most fascinating was his idea of the actor not as presenting something fake, but rather someone who takes a real part of him- or herself and then puts it out for others to see.
I enjoyed the stories of his struggles growing up, especially the sudden shock of racism he experienced moving from Cat Island to t...more
In this autobiography, Si...more
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I realize that saying anything bad about Sidney Poitier and what he might have to tell us in this book is probably tantamount to pissing on apple pie, so before I do that -- and assuming you do like your pie sans urine -- I want to say what's good about the book because there are quite a few things that are.
The book is a fast read, ple...more
I had recently just finished reading The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, and one of the major complaints about that book is that Moore doesn't seem to understand why his life turned out the way it did and the "Other Wes" turned out differently, even though there seemed to be a...more
It’s like they sat him down with a tape recorder and let him talk and never bothered to edit it. At all. Bits and pieces are interesting and it would have been great if an editor had pressed him to explore his thoughts in more depth. He touches on being put down by...more
Sidney Poitier examines events, locations and eras that shaped him as a human and an actor. He wrote an earlier autobiography that detailed his career, but this autobiography is more of an exploration of some of the important events in his life that changed and shaped him. From his earliest days on Cat Island in the Bahamas, to Nassau, to Miami, to New York City, changes in his situation and the need for survival helped him to adapt to new sur...more
There were several sections that I found quite interesting because he lived through these events. I think that anyone who is interested in the Hollywood blacklist would get something from his experience.
I also liked what he thought of the characters that he played or had been offered. Raisin in the Sun is my favorite all time movie. I saw th...more
Some of the story telling was beautiful, especially in the first third of the book. It was personal, colorful, real, and very different from my experiences. That's where SP excelled.
I didn't like most of the book very much. When SP shares an anecdote, he is at his best. When he makes generalizations (about society, racism, who he is as a person, etc.), he gets long-winded.
His voice is amazing. I love hearing him speak. But...more
One thing I can confidently say about his book: there was no ghostwriter. Sidney Poitier sat down with a recorder and spoke his story. This book feels as if it is his words just as they came out... his pauses, his expressions, his ideas. As I read...more
As for the content itself – wow! This...more
Because of his films, I have some fond memories of my mother who really never liked television to begin with. While he preaches spirituality, Poitier stays clear of organiz...more