The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (Oprah's Book Club)

The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (Oprah's Book Club)

Sidney Poitier


"I haven't any desire to play the pontificating idiot, pretending that i have all at once get a hold of the solutions to all life's questions. really that opposite, i started this booklet as an exploration, an workout in self-questing. In different phrases, i wished to determine, as I regarded again at an extended and intricate existence, with many twists and turns, how good i have performed at measuring as much as the values i personally have set."
—Sidney Poitier

In this luminous memoir, a real American icon appears to be like again on his celebrated existence and profession. His physique of labor is arguably the main morally major in cinematic heritage, and the ability and effect of that paintings are indicative of the nature of the guy at the back of the numerous storied roles. Sidney Poitier right here explores those parts of personality and private values to take his personal measure—as a guy, as a husband and a father, and as an actor.

Poitier credit his mom and dad and his formative years on tiny Cat Island within the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching conscience and of self esteem that he hasn't ever surrendered and that experience dramatically formed his international. "In the type of position the place I grew up," recollects Poitier, "what's coming at you is the sound of the ocean and the odor of the wind and momma's voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters...and that is it." with no tv, radio, and fabric distractions to vague what concerns such a lot, he may benefit from the basic issues, suffer the lengthy commitments, and locate real which means in his life.

Poitier was once uncompromising as he pursued a private and public lifestyles that might honor his upbringing and the valuable legacy of his mom and dad. quite a few years after his advent to indoor plumbing and the auto, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to release a pioneering performing occupation. devoted to the thought that what one does for a dwelling articulates to who one is, Poitier performed purely forceful and affecting characters who acknowledged whatever optimistic, valuable, and lasting in regards to the human condition.

Here is Poitier's personal introspective examine what has trained his performances and his lifestyles. Poitier explores the character of sacrifice and dedication, cost and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the fee for creative integrity. What emerges is an image of a guy within the face of limits—his personal and the world's. A triumph of the spirit, The degree of a Man captures the fundamental Poitier.

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