Dances With Wolves Author:Michael Blake From the dust jacket: — This epic novel that inspired the extraordinary film Dances With Wolvees, starring, directed and coproduced by Kevin Costner, is the story of Lieutenant John J. Dunbar's adventure on the Western frontier in 1863 as he discovers a new way of life at the edge of civilization. — Dunbar, a Union soldier, is rewarded for heroism... more » on a Civil War battlefield with his choice of a transfer to any post and he decides to follow a lifelong dream to see the Western frontier. Through a fateful turn of events, he winds up at the remote, completely deserted Fort Sedgewick with his horse and a curious wolf as his only companions -- until the neighboring Comanches discover him.
Soldier and Comanches slowly overcome their mutual distrust, and as Dunbar proves both his courage and his humanity, he is accepted into the band. Eventually, Dunbar is reborn as Dances With Wolves, a name given him by the Comanche medicine man Kicking Bird. A romance blossoms between Dances With Wolves and Stands With A Fist, a white woman who had been adopted by the Comanches as a child after the death of her parents. Soon the battles of the Comanches become his own as he learns to live and fight in a way he never did before -- for basic survival, for food, and for the protection of the other band members. Most importantly, Dances With Wolves finds a new peace for himself in the world. But his past looms close behind and inevitably he is confronted with the hardest choice of his life.
Written with sympathy and great respect for his subject, Michael Blake's gripping novel of one man's process of self-discovery awakens us to the tragedy of prejudice as well as the uplifting possibilities for shared understanding between people.« less