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Wednesday, August 29, 2007
The Third and Final Continent by Jhumpa Lahiri
This story compares the lunar landing to a man moving to the United States from India in order to eventually bring his wife, Mala, as well. The man's marriage is arranged. While he is working here he boards with a Mrs Croft who is extremely old and keeps exclaiming "A flag on the moon! Isn't that splendid!" and who expects everyone around her to have the same childlike exuberance about man's "final frontier" The voice of this story captures Mrs Croft as well as the man's although they are both from different continents. The author does a splendid job of also showing us the different ideologies of the time.