Young Readers, the Apprentice and the Potter

In the last stretch of our drive back to Silicon Valley this past week, we had a chance to listen to the audio version of The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman, and the story ended, very conveniently, as we drove back onto our garage way.

Cushman's book reads not only like a wonderful novella but also as a meticulous work of historical analysis. It certainly has a very good potential for becoming a great movie---I would imagine, much better than any Harry Potter.

Perhaps, someone has already made such a movie, and not being much of a movie-goer, I just don't know about it.

I think the main premise of Cushman's book is that only through pain, suffering and persistence can one disclose new worlds and give birth to what is worthy of being.

Fear, in particularly fear of failure in its various forms, remains the greatest sin.

Harry Potter deals with fear as a hero among idols would but the midwife's apprentice awakens to the sinfulness of fear in its very opposition to the greatest gift given to everyone---life itself.

 

Comments:

Certainly it must be an interesting book, I looked at the reviews and stars in Amazon and they support this idea,

but, How can we consider fear a sin? Sins are usually done when we are conscious, I think this is not the case for fear. Being fearful is bad, but is fear a sin? Can somebody be punished because of his/her fear?

Of course, may be, there are good things in this way of thinking. I consider "Fear is the greatest sin" as something that pushes you toward hope whenever you remember it.

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P.S: I think, "Fear is the greatest sin" and "Being hopeless of god's favor is sinful" are different, as the second one is something (more) conscious.

Posted by pasparto on July 13, 2007 at 06:37 AM PDT #

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