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.