Dances With Wolves

Dances With Wolves

eBook - 2013
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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. --Provided by publisher
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Michael Blake, 2013
ISBN: 9780988997424
Branch Call Number: EBOOK ENKI
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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DeltaQueen50
Apr 18, 2011

Dances With Wolves is a sweeping epic about one man’s journey, both external and internal, to find the place where he belongs. Set in the mid-1860’s the story of Lt. John Dunbar finding his path through Civil War battles, military postings and finally to the natural wonder of both the American prairies and the Comanche Indians is a wonderful read.

I won’t go into plot details here as so many have seen the movie which follows the book closely. The author, Michael Blake studied Indian history for years before writing this book so his knowledge on their day to day life is extensive. Blake paints a vivid picture of the Comanche and certainly captured how the Indians lived in rhythm with nature.

The arrival of the white people on the American prairies was a tragedy for the Indians. As the buffalo were slaughtered in their thousands, the mainstay of their life was stripped away. A way of life they had been following for thousands of years wiped out in less than 50. Their nomadic lifestyle was put to an end by farms and fences. This story foreshadows the sorrowful outcome of these events.

I found this to be a powerful, stirring story, one that I would consider a classic of it’s genre. The movie based on this book with it’s stunning visuals is also a Classic Western, one not to be missed. I definitely recommend Dances With Wolves to anyone with an interest in the American West.

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