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

Published: 2007-01-26
Paperback : 272 pages
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"I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I've suddenly come up with the answers to all life's questions. Quite that contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in self-questing. In other words, I wanted to find out, as I looked back at a long and ...

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"I have no wish to play the pontificating fool, pretending that I've suddenly come up with the answers to all life's questions. Quite that contrary, I began this book as an exploration, an exercise in self-questing. In other words, I wanted to find out, as I looked back at a long and complicated life, with many twists and turns, how well I've done at measuring up to the values I myself have set."
—Sidney Poitier

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. Sidney Poitier here 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.

Poitier credits his parents and his childhood on tiny Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of right and wrong and of self-worth that he has never surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world. "In the kind of place where I grew up," recalls Poitier, "what's coming at you is the sound of the sea and the smell of the wind and momma's voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters. . . and that's it." Without television, radio, and material distractions to obscure what matters most, he could enjoy the simple things, endure the long commitments, and find true meaning in his life.

Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents.

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How do you understand his mother's inability to communicate? Was it a speech impediment, shyness or a learning disability of some kind? How does Poitier understand her?
Why do you think Poitier has titled this a "spiritual autobiography." What is meant by the phrase and does it apply well to this memoir?
Consider Poitier's rejection at the early stage of his career. How did the lessons of his parents help him overcome the obstacles?
by Barry1776 (see profile) 05/22/11

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  "The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography (Oprah's Book Club)"by judyroseman (see profile) 07/03/11

It's OK....at times I felt he had help in writing this book....was a little "too beautiful" for a person who had to go through as much as he did to achieve what he did!

 
  "A Fabulous Autobiography"by Barry1776 (see profile) 05/22/11

Sidney Poitier is a superb writer. The intelligence, insight and poise he brought to his movie roles are reflected in his prose and in his life.

From a dirt poor upbringing by wonderful p

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  "Mr. Poitier is not a writer."by judy (see profile) 02/13/08

I like Sidney Poitier but did not particularly care for this book.

 
  "So much I didn't know..."by dmc1230 (see profile) 08/03/07

I've always liked Sidney Poitier as an actor but I knew nothing about his life as a boy and young man, This was a lovely book. Spiritual without being preachy. I have a whole new respect for Mr. Poitier!... (read more)

 
  "This book contains many springboards for discussion in book clubs."by dsouza (see profile) 05/25/07

Sidney Poitier is a man who has obviously spent time in thinking about his life, how his experiences shaped him and what he believes. You have to admire any person who has such a sense of self and examines... (read more)

 
  "Personable, humourous, intellectual, and adventurous portrayl of Poitier's trials and tributes"by catmanalang (see profile) 04/16/07

This was a highly fascinating read and definitely one of those books that you do not want to put down. As I read it on the subway during my morning commutes, I could not help but laugh at his comical... (read more)

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