I enjiyed reading the book. The book gave me great insight into the life of Sidney Poiter. I read the book in early 2001 before Oprah plugged it onher show. I thought that it was a very sincere, honest, and thought provoking piece of writing.
I have always recognized Sidnye's face as a symbol of goodness when I was young. When I read this book, I knew all the reasons why he was such a symbol. There is much wisdom in the book, almost unavoidable. His self-critical eye is most striking of all. It is indeed one of the things which we need to master if we want to get a taste of greatness. His simple style softens the intended serious messages. A good book.
I like this guy so much
and am sure I'll be like
I enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book but had trouble finishing it. I was deeply touched by Mr. Poitier's past and the emotions you lift from page. However, I feel that in the latter half of the book you loose some of the feeling and it becomes more a recounting of facts than life experiences.
"Measure of a Man" not only tells about the life of Sidney Poitier, it reminds readers about the importance of following dreams. Anything can be accomplished by anybody.
Enjoyed the book, but wanted to know more of the details about him.
What an incredible man! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment reading Mr. Poitier's book. He is to be greatly commended for his candid thoughts and providing the readers with the obstacles he had to overcome. The early years of his life, though struggling and poor, made him a strong, dignified man of exceptional quality. The spirituality he expresses is a testimony for all of us. We are human and experience equally the positive/negative sides of our very being. His courage and honor is evident in his writing.
Great read..how he overcomes the pangs of poverty particularly interested me. I was sad his first marriage never survived despite all he had been through with his wife. Good read generally
I agree. It was generally, overall a good read but parts of me had me wondering... For instance he speaks of how when he left his mother and father on Cat Island he didn't speak to them for like 8 years? He talks about his mother and how she didn't talk much because she couldn't really (or didn't) formulate words that well...how they communicated through 'actions' and 'gestures' and then later he mentions his mother speaking in what I recall as a couple of (or maybe just one) paragraph quote. Very eloquent speaking, mind you. He talks about how he didn't want anything to do with them; how even though it was custom to leave the islands for the states and go forth and make yourself a man that you DID keep contact with your family back home, sending them packages, etc. He said he didn't do this and seemed to be proud of the fact that he didn't partake of this custom. There were just parts of it that seemed kinda 'off' to me, but on the whole, yes, an solid read.
I really enjoyed the first 1/2 of the book when he recounts his childhood, struggles in Florida, and how he broke into acting in NYC. When he started philosophizing, the book made me lose interest and made it hard to finish.