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Dec. 18th, 2009 05:35 pm

This is the end passage of "The Third and Final Continent," a story by Jhumpa Lahiri in her Pulitzer Prize-winning collection Interpreter of Maladies:

"In my son's eyes I see the ambition that had first hurled me across the world. In a few years he will graduate and pave his way, alone and unprotected. But I remind myself that he has a father who is still living, a mother who is happy and strong. Whenever he is discouraged, I tell him that if I can survive on three continents, then there is no obstacle he cannot conquer. While the astronauts, heroes forever, spent mere hours on the moon, I have remained in this new world for nearly thirty years. I know that my acheivement is quite ordinary. I am not the only man to seek his fortune far from home, and certainly I am not the first. Still, there are times I am bewildered by each mile I have traveled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination."

I love those last two lines so much. I felt compelled to share this.

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Date:December 20th, 2009 04:14 am (UTC)
I'm glad you shared this.