Life Beyond Measure, by Sidney Poitier

My rating:  4 out of 5 starssidneypoiter

This book was beautiful from beginning to end.  Sidney Poitier was honest about his short-comings, his failings, and his wonderful accomplishments humbly and, at the same time, steadfast.  From his early beginnings on Cat Island to his life on stage and screen, he shared his letters to his great-granddaughter Ayele with us faithfully.  He asked questions of her, and of us.  The questions were not easy or simple ones, and they are far reaching in their answers.

The prose of this book was lyrical and beautiful.  It was not a language of sing-song, but of intelligence and description that brought alive the life of the man and the life of the person, the writer effortlessly. T

he discussions within these pages are on-going and call us, the reader, into the realm of being part of the answer, not just part of the question.  In this book, the reader is always a part of the answer, never the reason why the world is as it is.  We are called upon to be warriors of virtue and good, knowing full well that some cannot live up to this calling, but those that can, those that can and do believe they can make a difference in the world, will grasp the words of this book and move forward to make the world a better place, even if it is just the small portion of the world they live in.

I highly recommend this book to everyone.  The thinker and non-thinker alike will get something from these pages.  You will come away, after reading this book, feeling different; feeling better for having visited the pages.


About Henrietta Handy

I am a Kentucky mountain girl far from home, perhaps far from the girl years. I am an aspiring writer with a wonderful husband who puts up with this writing and reading addiction I have. He also puts up with all of the yarn and knitting. I have four canine children and a ton of friends I love dearly. I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 2 1/2 and have still managed to have a good life despite all the pain. So, I invite you to join me in this journey and just possibly have fun along the way.
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2 Responses to Life Beyond Measure, by Sidney Poitier

  1. On this early morning Wednesday morning, I am reviewing the backlog of emails accumulated while I was on vacation. Sorry for the delay, but happy to hear of this book and your four star rating. I have been an admirer and fan of Mr. Poitier’s for years, and definitely plan to read this book. Thank you, Henrietta.


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