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Dances With Wolves (Dances With Wolves #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  20,531 Ratings  ·  393 Reviews
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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Hardcover, 324 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by Newmarket Press,U.S. (first published 1988)
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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"...
Mohsin Maqbool
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dances With Wolves film poster.

I HAD watched Kevin Costner’s Dances With Wolves in the late ’90s and had loved it. I finally got to read Michael Blake’s novel a few days back and loved it as much. By the way, it is the first Western that I have read after the early seventies when as a schoolboy in Calcutta I loved reading those written by Louis L’Amour and Zane Grey.

Much of Dances with Wolves, which won seven Academy Awards, was filmed in central and western South Dakota.

The novel starts in 186
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
در واقع چیز خاصی ستوان دانبار را بخود مشغول نکرده بود.اما این نخستین واژه ای بود که به ذهنش خطور کرد: همه چیز درندشت و بی انتها

آسمان بیکران،بی هیچ لکه ابر.اقیانوس مواج سبزه ها و تا آنجا که چشم کار می کرد،دیگر هیچ.نه جاده ای.نه کوره راهی که دلیجان بزرگ آن را پی گیرد.تنها فضای محض، فضای بکر و تهی

با خوندن این متن،آهنگ معروف و زیبای فیلم ناخود آگاه در ذهن آدم نواخته می شود
فیلمش را پنج یا شش بار و شاید بیشتر دیده ام
اما یکی از صحنه های فیلم را بارها تماشا کرده ام و سیر نشده ام
کوین کاستنر پایش زخمی
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all have comfort books, don't we? The kind you read when even reading is an effort. They may not be great literature but they have substance enough to bring you some kind of needed peace and spark some goodness in you for the world, keep a small light flickering, which you need, to make it through. For me, often, books like this one do this. I'm not sure exactly why stories that take place in the West in the mid-19th century bring me this kind of comfort. There's something about horses and la ...more
I'm keeping my rating at 4 big stars.
This is a great novel and I recommend it to any fans of the movie, or to anyone looking for a beautiful adventure.
There's something about this story and its characters that really moves me (whether I'm reading the book or watching the movie). Every time.
Baz M
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never ever read this sort of thing. I usually stick to horror and crime and all that strange dark stuff.
This was probably the easiest book I've read this year.
I know very little (or nothing) about Native American history or American modern history but this has been a great story to read, set in a colonised country's most turbulent time without all that military "Team America" style fanfare.

Plenty of action and some characters you'll fall in love with.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Dances with Wolves, Michael Blake, Kevin Costner (Director)
عنوان: رقص با گرگها؛ نویسنده: ویلیام بلیک؛ مترجم: بهرام نظام آبادی؛ تهران، شقایق، 1371، در 314 ص، چاپ دیگر: تهران، آبنوس، 1371، موضوع: داستان سرخپوستان کومانچی امریکا، داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
عنوان: با گرگها میرقصد؛ نویسنده: ویلیام بلیک؛ مترجم: توراندخت تمدن (مالکی)؛ تهران، روشنگران، 1380، در 381 ص، شابک: 9646751504؛ موضوع: داستان سرخپوستان کومانچی امریکا، داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 20 م
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw the movie first, and then decided to read the book. The book answers many questions the movie leaves, some of which I hadn't even considered.

For instance, why are there no soldiers at the fort? The book explains it.

Why was he even offered the position? The book tells all.

One of the things I wondered was why he spent the night outside the camp after they found the buffalo. Again, the book details why that was.

The book is very good, much better than the movie. Even though the movie was three
This book.


It is so rare for me to come across a book that becomes an instant favorite, a book that I can't find one thing to pick apart (or maybe just wouldn't want to even if I could).

I am among the those who saw the movie prior to reading the book. I recall liking the movie and thinking it was beautiful, but it didn't truly stick with me the way the book will. This may not seem like anything special, as the book is usually better than the movie. This movie, however, had some of the
Oct 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

(standing on cliff, wind ruffling my two inch long Boy's Regular haircut)

Readers! I am Hudson Street! Do you see that this is a good book? Can you see that I will always like this book??

Interesting to note that this scene (where Wind in His Hair is shouting good-bye to Dances With Wolves) was not in the book. All in all the movie stayed very true to the book which I found to be a great read.

Also interesting to note that Kevin Costner was a friend of the author and played a role in getting it pub
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
STANDS WITH A FIST!!!!!!!!! [hearteyes emoji]

Let me get this out of the way. Some people have Kevin Costner phases. It's legitimate, I get it. Others, like me, have Mary McDonnell phases. Basically it's one big phase that started back in 2007. Yes, it has been a wild ride but nevermind that. The point is (there is one), the reason why I'm reading Dances With Wolves is directly connected to the existence of that person, if the capslocking of her character's name wasn't clear enough, which in turn
در ابتدا بگم که من فقط فیلم رو دیدم، که هر چند فیلم خیلی خوبی بود، ولی به اون اندازه نبود که ترغیب شم رمان رو هم بخونم.

اما راجع به فیلم.
من قبل از دیدنش، تا مدت ها فکر می کردم که یه فیلم وسترنه. به خاطر محدودیت ژانرهای هالیوودی، توی ویکی پدیا این فیلم رو تحت ژانر وسترن طبقه بندی کرده بود. نگو که منظور از وسترن بودنش، صرفاً رخ دادنش در فضای غرب وحشیه. وگرنه نه خبری از راهزن ها بود نه خبری از کلانترها و هیچ کودوم دیگه از عناصر آشنای ژانر وسترن. البته سرخ پوست ها بودن، ولی سرخ پوست ها هم سرخ پوست ها
It was impossible for me to separate the movie from the book in this case. And, it's not just because I saw the movie before reading the book, it's because I've seen this movie almost a dozen times and it's one of my all-time favorites. I appreciate the details given in the book that help fill in some of the holes in the screenplay. I think Lieutenant Dunbar is more engaging and charming and likable in the movie, or is that simply because I really like Kevin Costner and the way he portrayed the ...more
Shahr Baran
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مگر میشود فیلم بی نظیر رقصنده با گرگ را با بازی بینظیر وکارگردانی کوین کاستنررا چند بار ندید وکیف نکرد ..مناظر بکر وزیبای از طبیعت وحشی امریکا وموسیقی فوق العاده فیلم برعکس موضوع حماسی وخشن فیلم بسیار بسیار ارام بخش وتاثیر گذار است ..اسامی سرخ پوستی واسم گرگ قصه بسیار جالبند ..دو جفت جوراب گرگ قصه کاستنر بسیار ببینده را جذب میکند ومرگ او سخت ترین قسمت فیلم است ..در این فیلم کاستنر به خوبی توانسته تفاوت های انسانی سرخپوستان را با بیرحمی وشقاوت های سفید پوستان درامیزد ویک درام بسیار زیبا از دهه 19 ...more
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because the movie is one of my all time favorites. I happened to hear the musical score to the movie while I was listeing to NPR a week or so ago, and was reminded of the film. The musical score was extremely powerful, and lifted the film above what it might have been without it. I wanted to see if the book was better than the movie, which is most often the case. Here, I don't think that is so. While the book is very good, the movie was certainly more stunning in its visual pres ...more
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reread, oldies
This was a book very close to my heart. The first time I read it, I sat down on the big comfy rocking chair of my grandfather and read it till the end. Then, remained in my seat for a little longer, I was really moved by the story. The lives of the Comanche, the days out on the prairie, the buffalo, Cisco the brilliant horse, the all combined together and created a wonderful read. To be honest, I didn't have the heart to read the sequel. I certainly didn't want to see the story take on ...more
The problem with me reading this book is that I already know the story so well. Judge if you want, but Dances With Wolves is one of my favorite movies of all time. The book was written pretty much as a first draft to the screenplay about a year before the film was made and it is almost word for word. This was a rare example of when the movie is better than the book.
Charlie Collins

This was one of those rare cases where the movie was better than the book.

Rachel Jackson
Jun 18, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what I was expecting when I began Dances With Wolves, perhaps the naive idea that an author could actually make Native American sound realistic and not entirely a white-centered point of view. But when I finished the book, I was more irritated than anything.

More well known in its screen version, which has some changes from the book, Dances With Wolves by Michael Blake is the story of Lt. John Dunbar, who gets assigned to an army post in Indian Country and his life becomes entangled
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a book where I can lose myself in the adventures of the characters. This book follows John Dunbar from the Civil War to the American frontier on the Great Plains. He ends up alone at an abandoned fort in Comanche country.
He befriends his horse and an old wolf and faces the big questions of existence.

He eventually befriends the Indians and meets an interesting woman. We get to watch him transform from a soldier in the white culture to an Indian warrior. His new tribe rescues him and teach
This book was so good. It's been a long time since I read a story that was actually relaxing to read, so it was a nice change of pace from some of the more intellectual stuff that's been filling my brain of late.

The writing was beautiful, the setting was my favorite, and the pacing was perfect. You almost feel as if you're just along for the ride.
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
I saw the movie first and loved it but thoroughly enjoyed the book as well. The descriptions of Dunbar's life on the plains were wonderful & I loved the characters.
Andrew Patterson
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Deborah Pickstone
How did I not read this sooner? What was I thinking?

This is a charming story crafted in simple but poetic language. Clearly it meant a lot to the writer. I am putting it on my Top 50 novels list because I KNOW I will re-read it - I could almost start over immediately!

There is something magnificent, always, in tales of the histories of those peoples we white nations....decimated. Similarly, reading of, say, the pre-Roman people of Britain affects me with a tristesse I don't have words for (especi
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Género. Novela (pero no Novela histórica en su acepción más purista, por mucho que esté localizada en unos tiempos, lugares y circunstancias muy concretas).

Lo que nos cuenta. El teniente John J. Dumbar, veterano de la Guerra de Secesión harto de la misma, termina destinado en un puesto avanzado y aislado en la nueva frontera de su país, el Lejano Oeste. Cuando llega a fuerte Sedgewick descubre que está desierto pero todavía
Oct 25, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
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, ...more
Tommy /|\
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I had seen (and fell completely in love with the storyline) the movie - I had a fairly good idea of what I was getting into by reading the book. However, there were small changes in various places -- include tow huge plot changes that made the novel a nearly fresh experience for me towards the end. In the final notes, the author noted that he wrote this more as a depiction of daily life among the Plains Indians, and less of a story about how an American Union soldier changed his manner of thi ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I finally got around to reading this. The movie just does not do justice to this story! Very beautifully written. I loved his descriptions of nature out on the prairie: the grasses, the buffalo, the storms, the wolf, etc.
Lieutenant Dunbar comes across as a much more lovable character in the book, as well.
I've read the sequel, The Holy Road, which I did not like as well, but I think it's because the story is much more depressing, as the Comanche are destroyed and driven onto reservations.
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Just remembered this book today. I read it when it first came out and really enjoyed it. The film was good, and Costner was well cast, even if his performances went on the downward slope after this one. Still think the book eclipses the film by some way, as is usually the case, but both had the right tone to suit the storyline, for once attempting to explain the Native American-Whiteman equation from a balanced viewpoint.
Yelda Güzel
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Filminin gölgesinde kalmış şiir gibi bir roman. Amerika'nın henüz el değmemiş muhteşem doğası, o doğanın cesur ve özgür çocukları ve doğaya dönüşü seçen beyaz adam... Su gibi akan bir romandı. Yüzyıllar sonrasından baktığımız, olanları/olacakları bildiğimiz için çok da hüzünlüydü...
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The author of several novels, including the New York Times #1 Bestseller Dances With Wolves and winner of the 1991 Academy Award.
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“He had fallen in love with this wild, beautiful country and everything it contained. It was the kind of love people dream of having with other people: selfless and free of doubt, reverent and everlasting.” 25 likes
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