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November 17, 2006


From the wonderful Interpreter of Maladies: “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 achievement 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.”

2 thoughts on “Bewilderment”

  1. Anonymous says:

    “The Third and Final Continent” is one of my favourite short stories, ever. I still have the New Yorker issue in which it first appeared. It’s heartful and stunning, both.

  2. Kerry says:

    “A flag on the moon boy! Isn’t it splendid? Say ‘splendid’!”

    Yes, perhaps the most perfect story I have ever read.

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