Dances with Wolves

ISBN: 0972475303
ISBN 13: 9780972475303
By: Michael Blake

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Ordered to hold an abandoned army post, John Dunbar found himself alone, beyond the edge of civilization. Thievery and survival soon forced him into the Indian camp, where he began a dangerous adventure that changed his life forever. Relive the adventure and beauty of the incredible movie, DANCES WITH WOLVES.

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After watching the movie many times (beautiful visuals, great story, wonderful score by John Barry), I read this book after managing to get my hands on a copy.The story of Dancing with Wovles is engrossing. Lt. John Dunbar is a likeable character, and he symbolizes the ideal representative of the white culture interacting with the Native plains people. One improvement upon the movie is that Blake provides multiple characters' motivations by changing the point of view frequently.The book was an easy, quick read, and it proved very enjoyable. The movie version actually deviated very little from Blake's plot, and so I remain with a positive opinion of both the book and the movie.


One of my all time favourites. This book I recommend for almost anyone. it really gives the reader a feel of how the world used to be before all modern technology.

Devin 6th

I really liked the book it was good in the begining but in the end I didn't like it because it's when the white man tryed to kill the idains but they didn't I would recimend this book to any one because it was really good it was about a guy named John dunbar he was in army and his legs got cut up really bad and they were going to cut his leg off but he got up when they weren't looking and he healed and one of the sargents sent him off to a post and he was suposte to stay there until the rest of them came and they didn't come so he when to make friends with the idians and on the way he saw a girl cutting her self and he took her back and he talked to them and then he left the they came and he gave them stuff but know won came to see John so he moved in whith the idains and he got married to a girl that use to speek english but her family got killed and the cheaf took her in and they were about to move there camp and John went back to his post and the army was there and they saw him and he was deressed in the idains clothes and they shot at him and hit his horse and killed it then they capsherd him and they were taking him to a place and the idains came and killed the guys and and John when back home and him amd his wife left and they lived on by them selfs for the rest of there life and thats all I had to say about that book.


I decided to read this book because I wanted to see how it differed from the film. Usually a novel is so much better than the film adaptation because it is filled with much more detail and depth. However, with this book I would have to say if you've seen the film you've basically read the book. There are some minor points that are different (for example in the book the Indians are Comanche not Sioux) and there are some minor scenes that are a little different, but overall the film followed the book fairly closely. It was okay to read, but not one I would have to have in my personal collection to read over and over again. In fact, if I had not seen the film this book would have been a very dull read for me. Because I've seen the movie it was easier to get through the dry spots because I knew some more interesting scenes were likely to come up soon. It was an okay read, but not one I would necessarily recommend.


This book tells a really good story of Ltd. Dunbar, sent out into the frontier during the civil war. He just wants to get away from life, get to the frontier, not yet settled. When he arrives, no one is there and he's left alone. But, he likes it. I love how he just adapts to the frontier and once stripped of his uniform, he is able to meet with the Native Americans and know them as people. I think he comes to understand humanity a lot better and by the end of the book I kept praying that history would change and we didn't kill the Indians. They're better with the land. So, now I want to go move to an indian reservation and smoke their pipes and wear a buffalo hide.....

Birupakhya Dash

** spoiler alert ** Ah... the journey of Loo-ten-nant Dunbar from being the lone man guarding an abandoned outpost to being a Comanche warrior, is a treat of senses. The narration of the subtle details in such meticulous expertise has made me an ardent fan of this man - Michael Blake. In fact, the truth is that I always wanted to write, the way he does. I don't know how far I am in achieving it, but all I know is that the book is an awesome collection of emotions, and truly a treat to read. However, he has missed out in certain places. He (the author) mentions in the starting phase how much the girl - the milady of captain dunbar - longed for the blood of the Indians who killed her family, but she never gets to fight the Indians till the end. To be frank, I was waiting for a fight with the Indians, more than the English. The skew of Dunbar's opinion against the English, was something I had very much anticipated, and was almost obvious. Anyways, now that I am done with the book, I want to see the movie.


Fortunately I had well forgotten the movie I saw years ago, without a shred of memory as to it's content, other then based in the west with Indians. I just happened to stumble onto this book for .50cents in a European book shop. English books are rare enough, for sale even rarer, so I scooped it up. That was only a couple days ago and I gobbled up this small novel in my very scare free-time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The freedom the man felt time and again, brought me to tears on occasion. I wouldn't say it was the most fantastic work, but it was well written, simple and pure. The beauty of each thoughtful, pondering sentiment John had was well depicted and the story really resonated with me.

Tea Jovanović

Ples s vukovima je jedna od retkih knjiga koja je pretočena u film gde bukvalno nije promenjena nijedna reč iz knjige... Knjiga je ostavila dubok utisak na mene iako nije "my cup of tea"...

Keith Slade

OK novel about white man among Indians and adopting their culture. The movie is not bad too, but in the book it's Comanches not the Lakota or Sioux.


Que deciros de ésta magnífica obra de arte... nada más y nada menos que mi libro favorito. Éste libro sin duda alguna marcó definitivamente mi vida, haciendo que me enamorara más aún de la lectura. En este libro te embarcas en los sentimientos de soledad del teniente, y, como poco a poco, sus sueños y su vida van cambiando, de tal manera que empieza a sentir una gran fascinación por los indios y su modo de vida. Dunbar aprende que en la vida no solo es preocupación por el tiempo y la guerra, si no que hay cosas más importantes como la amistad, la alimentación, el respeto y el amor... Con esta cautivadora historia, Michael Blake nos hace sentir como el propio teniente y sabe combinar la acción con la tranquilidad, a la vez que nos deja imáginarnos la pacífica vida del poblado. Tampoco me olvidaré de mencionar a "Dos Calcetines" el lobo por el cuál el teniente recibe su apodo, y que deberéis descubrir vosotros mismos. Os recomiendo fervientemente este libro, y si no habéis leido ningún western, tal vez sea hora de empezar ^^


Off course I saw the movie and it's one of my favorites of all-time. I had this book on my shelve for a while and with the theme I have this month I finally had the perfect reason to read it. We follow John Dunbar in his journey to discovering the Comache. The great thing about this book is that the American soldiers aren't depicted as heroes and the Comache as bad guys. I got a lot of respect for the Comache and disrespect for the American soldiers. They acted really cowardly and it really broke my heart when they killed Two Sox. The strenght of this books is that it isn't very spectacular but it doesn't bore you for one minute. And I love the change that Dunbar goes through, from being a Settler to joining a Native American tribe and eventually becoming Dances with Wolves. And the lovestory between him and Stands with a Fist doesn't dominate. There is a good balance between drama and romance. A fantastic start for my challenge of 2012.

Karen Critchley

This book has made me want to read more of Native Americans. I'm not sure I will read this one again. It's left me with a sad feeling.

Saad Rehman Shah

I started with the movie, but the movie wasn't engaging enough so I went for the book. And the book was great! It told all those little details which mattered so much, which though were shown in the movie, but somehow never got the attention. The book was very entertaining without being too dramatic, the characters were very human, yet very remarkable. Though the author didn't pull me in like I was there, but that's something one can't expect from every author. All in all, a very accessible, entertaining, catchy book. I finished that in three sittings. A very good recommendation for a weekend that you don't want to waste watching a movie, but want to be entertained nonetheless. But I never really found anything that I could quote, or a dialogue that would imprint itself on the reader's memory, the way the bits usually found in Twain's or Hemingway's writings do.


Next is Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake. John Dunbar is assigned to an abandoned frontier army fort, with a wolf and a horse and himself. Alone. And no one alive knows he is there. Kicking Bird and Wind in His Hair, Comanche Indians, try to steal his horse, but it escapes and returns to him. They become fascinated with him, the Man as White as Snow, and often visit him, smoking and drinking coffee. He tries to learn their language, as they all wait for the buffalo. Slowly, he becomes Indian, even falling in love. Essentially, it's the story of how he becomes an Indian. I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of The Red Badge of Courage, which I read last year. The characters were interesting, and I had no problem with this novel, except that two animals die. I am waiting for the movie to arrive so I can watch that.


I saw the movie many years ago, when it first came out, loved it. I didn't realize it had been based off a book. Read the book and was so glad I found it. A beautiful story about the Native American way of life.

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