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Transcript of Jhumpa Lahiri
relationship between parents and children
name and identity
US vs India
tension between life and death
"The Interpreter of Maladies"
Clash of Cultures/Cultural Disconnect
born in London
parents moved from West Bengal
grew up in Kingston, RI
education (Barnard College)
marriage (Alberto Vourvoulias-Bush)
of Maladies" is
of Maladies" wins
(film in 2007)
"Unaccustomed Earth" is
-Title story taken from Nathaniel Hawthorne quote:"My children will have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth."
clash of cultures
9 short stories about Indians and
Indian-Americans that are conflicted
by their culture and "new world"
clash of cultures
-"The only thing she recognized was the bags of Hot Mix that Laxmi always ate.."Very Spicy," the man said, "Too spicy for you."
-“She watched his lips forming the words, at the same time she heard them under her skin, under her winter coat, so near and full of warmth that she felt herself go hot.”
-"It was a scribble to her, but somewhere in the world, she realized with a shock, it meant something."
-"Then she would tell him the things she had known all along: that it wasn't fair to her, or his wife, that they both deserved better, that there was not point in dragging this on."
-When asked what the word 'sexy' meant, Rohin told Miranda that "Sexy means loving someone you do not know.”