In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. In "The Measure of a Man," Sidney Poitier explores these ...
In this luminous memoir, a true American icon looks back on his celebrated life and career. His body of work is arguably the most morally significant in cinematic history, and the power and influence of that work are indicative of the character of the man behind the many storied roles. In "The Measure of a Man," Sidney Poitier explores these elements of character and personal values to take his own measure -- as a man, as a husband and a father, and as an actor. He explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, pride and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man seeking truth, passion, and balance 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.
I liked the story of his upbringing,his trials and tribulations,his life in general. I found the book to be enlightening and warm hearted. I have always been a big fan of his and have enjoyed his talent as an actor. I like his honesty throughtout the book,he does not sugar coat anything,he tells it the way it happened. It was a good read.
May 11, 2007
This book was interesting - at first. I enjoyed reading about where Sidney Poitier came from and how he grew up and began his career. Then the book got a little boring to me. It was like reading a lecture and I lost interest. I skipped over the last quarter of the book. I recommend it but would not give it a 5 star rating. I think the book was hyped up more than it deserved. To me it was a 3 star.
Apr 3, 2007
more than a pretty face
How this dignified, intelligent, talented, handsome man helped create himself surprised me in some ways. Not the part about how his parents and childhood independence grew a healthy, honest sense of self worth. More, how that foundation allowed him to acknowledge his shortcomings and use them as stepping stones upward. What makes him tick is the best part of his story for me because it's a worthy yardstick for anyone to use as a self-measure.
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