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The Trail We Leave

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  10 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
The Trail We Leave received rave reviews in Denmark for its exploration of the lives of exiles in Scandinavia and the difficulty of living between two cultures (with sometimes comic, sometimes tragic results). These stories are told from moments of crisis as the various characters try to assimilate into a new culture-the highly intelligent Chilean schoolgirl who suffers th ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Curbstone Books (first published 2004)
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Larissa
Mar 03, 2010 Larissa rated it it was amazing
Right off, let me say that the Trail We Leave is really a splendid book. Jumping between a very empathetic style of observation and a sense of humor which really delights in the obvious absurdity of personal relationships, this is one of the best short story collections I've read in a long time, hands down. (The last really wonderful collection being Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned, for what it's worth. And Ten Little Indians had its high points, too, for that matter, but I digress...)

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Kai
Jan 02, 2016 Kai rated it it was amazing
This is a marvelous short story collection by a Chilean refugee in Denmark about what it means to have called two very different countries home.

Rubén Palma's stories are semi-autobiographical in the sense that they discuss issues that he certainly must have faced himself as a refugee, having to fit himself somewhere in between his home of Chile and his new dwelling in Denmark. However, each story handles the topic in a different way, and at no point will the reader feel that he is just preaching
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