Completed two more books as part of my 50 Book Challenge on Good reads. The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier and ‘Nostalgia , My Enemy’ by Iraqi Poet Saadi Youssef. Both are highly recommended.
The Measure of Man is Sidney Poitier’s autobiography and lessons from life in Nassau, about his Dad Regi and mom Evelyn and his work in the theatre and Hollywood and about his fears and doubts and his life and thoughts after being the first African American to win an Academy Award. The Book also talks of the way he understood the Civil rights and how he saw the need to have a world where all are equal. Along through the book he also speaks of his experience in films such as “In the Heat of the Night” and his roles in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ both on Broadway and on the Screens to his acquaintance with many people of that time including Carl Sagan and his experiences working with Rod Steiger in ‘In the heat of the Night’
Nostalgia , My Enemy is a collection of poems by the Iraqi author, poet, journalist, publisher, and political activist Saadi Youssef’s poems translated from Arabic by Sinan Antoon and Peter Money. Here are a few lines from his ‘A Desperate Poem”
The country we love was finished
before it was even born.
The country we did not love has claimed
the blood left in our veins.
―from “A Desperate Poem”