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The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier
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Jun 21, 2011

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bookshelves: autobiography, non-fiction
Read in February, 2007

This was Oprah’s bookclub read. I did not find it anything to rave about – was an OK read. Poitier takes us from his childhood on Cat Island in the Bahamas, teens in Nassau and Miami and ends up in New York in his late teens. It is a very rambling, unexciting story for the first half of the book. The reason this time is glossed over, I think, is because a lot of this was previously related in “THIS LIFE” also written by Poitier. Now he is older, and he obviously wants to pass the wisdom he has acquired over the years. I probably didn’t appreciate his pronouncements all that much. I understand he came from a dirt poor ,uneducated background, and he was a black man in a white man’s world. But he didn’t make me care.

The only thing that brought this book up to a C rating was chapter 6 “Why do white folks love Sidney Poitier so?” This has to be the most profound piece of writing on racial tensions I have ever read. This chapter blew me away and made a not very good book into an average book. If every chapter had of been like this I would have been a happy woman. So if you are struggling with this book – do yourself a favour before you put it down -flick to this chapter and read it

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