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 needed to determine, as I seemed again at a protracted and complex existence, with many twists and turns, how good i have performed at measuring as much as the values i actually have set."
—Sidney Poitier

In this luminous memoir, a real American icon seems again on his celebrated lifestyles and profession. His physique of labor is arguably the main morally major in cinematic heritage, and the ability and impact of that paintings are indicative of the nature of the guy in the back of the various storied roles. Sidney Poitier right here explores those components 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 moral sense and of self worth 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 scent 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 issues so much, he might benefit from the uncomplicated issues, suffer the lengthy commitments, and locate actual which means in his life.

Poitier was once uncompromising as he pursued a private and public existence that will honor his upbringing and the valuable legacy of his mom and dad. quite a few years after his creation to indoor plumbing and the car, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to release a pioneering appearing occupation. dedicated to the idea that what one does for a residing articulates to who one is, Poitier performed simply forceful and affecting characters who acknowledged anything optimistic, worthy, and lasting concerning 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, expense and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the associated 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 basic Poitier.

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