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Dances With Wolves [Kindle Edition]

Michael Blake
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Relive the adventure and beauty of the incredible movie, DANCES WITH WOLVES.

Set in 1863, the novel follows Lieutenant John Dunbar on a magical journey from the ravages of the Civil War to the far reaches of the imperiled American frontier, a frontier he naively wants to see "before it is gone".
His posting to a desolate and deserted outpost is the springboard for contact with the lords of the southern plains... the Comanche.
Though he does not speak their language, has no know-ledge of their customs, and is considered a trespasser, Lieutenant Dunbar finds himself intrigued by the exotic and alien culture of the buffalo-hunting people of the plains.
A simple desire to know more about his wild neighbors ignites a great adventure of transformation that culminates with the emergence of a different kind of man... a man called Dances With Wolves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0449000753
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BL7ISE6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping! 7 Sept. 2000
By S. Lean
I have seen the film many times and one day at the library I picked the book up and well it has held me in it's intense, heart warming story since! The book is much better than the film.
The story is about an american soldier who wants to be posted in the frontier before it vanishes and becomes civilized. He is posted to a Fort Sedgewick and he is all alone. The army have forgotten about him and he finds neighbours, friends and loved ones with the Indians. He finds he belongs with them.
I definately recommend this book. It is a worthwhile read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read It! 27 April 2001
By A Customer
I have seen the film two or three times but the book was even better.
One of my top reads ever, story was superb and this is one book you won't want to put down. No other words for it! Other than enjoy plus perfectly captures one moment of time in American History and the enduring character of John Dunbar (Dances With Wolves). If you enjoyed the film you will love the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking 24 May 2011
By Victor Meldrew Mk2 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have watched the film several times and each time have identified something that I missed previously. Little did I know that reading the book would be even better. I must admit that having watched the excellent film helped me in my visualisation of the content of this book which I felt at first might have spoiled this read for me. From the start, I was thoroughly engrossed in the text and from my perspective it appeared to add a third dimension to the two dimensional film. The story allows the reader to look deeper into the changes that took place as the white man moved further to the west and left behind death and destruction. It reminded me of the fact that the first nation ever to use germ or chemical warfare was the USA: in regards to the former it was through trading smallpox impregnated furs with the natives with obvious consequences and the latter via introducing the natives to whisky and through their ready susceptibility to alcoholism, moved them onto wood alcohol which drove them blind, mad and ultimately to alcoholic poisoning.

Please do not be put off by my interpretation of the book. It is both delightful yet extremely sad and leaves the reader at the end with the dilemma of what was going to happen to the group which up until that time had enjoyed the freedoms of the vast plains with their only enemy being the other tribes and nature.

I would not suggest that you listen to the soundtrack by John Barry whilst you read it, but considering the film, the book and the soundtrack it is hard to find anything which compares, with the exception of high noon and perhaps the Godfather: strange comparisons, but for me, three of the very best combinations of text, visual and sound ever produced.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning book 23 Mar. 2009
If you like the film: Dances With Wolves [1991] [DVD] you will love the book, one of the best books I've read in a long time, the book brought sadness, joy, meaning and humour together.
Certainly a thought provoking read, but also a enjoyable one, you will not regret buying this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As great as I remember 20 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I can hardly believe it has been twenty years since "Dances With Wolves" came out. I was so excited to see it available on my kindle. I hadn't read it in so many years, my physical copy went missing. I had to read it all over again for the first time. I was not disappointed. This new edition has an updated preface by Michael Blake and it tells a great story. Anyone who loves the movie, hasn't read Dances With Wolves yet, or just likes wonderful storytelling and great writing should pick this one up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one amazing book! 8 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
It's hard to believe that this book has been out for 20 years. Michael Blake created such a masterpiece that it is still relevant today. I just revisited the film recently and decided to read the book to get a better perspective on the material and it didn't disappoint. You can feel the passion that the author feels for the subject matter. His research comes through the pages. I would recommend this to anyone who likes historical fiction as well as someone who is looking for a new classic book to enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but effective 23 Aug. 2011
By BobH
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
'Dances With Wolves' is an excellent novel.

Michael Blake's English is very simple and straight-forward, as others have remarked. It tells a story of a man at odds with his own culture who rediscovers himself in another. Culture and characters dance around John Dunbar and provide colour to his emerging personality. The descriptions are very effective because of their simplicity and clearly the author has great sympathy with the COMANCHES.

Note the capital letters because, like others I cannot understand why Kevin Costner made the 'locals' into Sioux or Lakota. As in the book, John Dunbar starts out from Fort Hayes, deep in Comanche territory, but he meets up with the Lakota, in reality far away. The book is set in the middle of the Civil War: Costner places it firmly in 1865 - just at the time when relations between whites & Sioux were rapidly slipping into what is styled Red-Cloud's war. As others have asked: Why?

I've enjoyed Costner's film but it drags at times as he plays out key scenes such as the buffalo hunt and the fight with the Pawnee (blending in a memory, in the book, of Stands With A Fist). Some subtleties Costner evades, such as Captain Cargill evacuating Fort Sedgewick immediately before Dunbar's arrival(book) rather than it being deserted a long time (film),the major at Fort Hayes being removed as insane (book) rather than shooting himself(film), the buffalo-skinners being caught & killed (book) rather than just disappearing (film.

The book doesn't use 'foreign' words because it doesn't need to. It doesn't use vocabulary of a level the film employs because it doesn't need to. It doesn't show Dunbar and wife disappearing into the wilderness hunted by the cavalry, because it doesn't need to.
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A great read for fans of the West
Published 26 days ago by Hollywolly
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book he said and believe me he's hard to ...
Brought this book for my dad and he had started it that evening it was finished in the morning he couldn't put it down. Wonderful book he said and believe me he's hard to impress.
Published 2 months ago by vickyb
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story
I liked it - much more than in the movie but helped to have seen that first
Published 2 months ago by Terry Madgwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story and shows the Cheyenne in a very different light to both other books and Hollywood
Published 2 months ago by Adrian Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the film.
I've seen the film several times which I love. This book is even better. You get in the minds of the characters more, especially Stands With A Fist. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Phil Gillborn
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all
Beautifully writtern book. I havnt been able to stop reading since I brought it. Well worth reading
Published 3 months ago by Kaz1
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I saw the film before reading the book which can sometimes be a bit of an issue. Especially as I'm not a great fan of Kevin Cadventure ostner. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesing and very readable
The story describes US Army's Lt. John Dunbar and his conversation to a life amongst the a Cheyenne tribe, whereas for geographical reasons and the need for buffalo /bison, the... Read more
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