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The Wolf at Twilight [Kindle Edition]

Kent Nerburn
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Book Description

A note is left on a car windshield, an old dog dies, and Kent Nerburn finds himself back on the Lakota reservation where he traveled more than a decade before with a tribal elder named Dan. The touching, funny, and haunting journey that ensues goes deep into reservation boarding-school mysteries, the dark confines of sweat lodges, and isolated Native homesteads far back in the Dakota hills in search of ghosts that have haunted Dan since childhood.

In this fictionalized account of actual events, Nerburn brings the land of the northern High Plains alive and reveals the Native American way of teaching and learning with a depth that few outsiders have ever captured.

Editorial Reviews


-Kent Nerburn-s creative and compassionate book [is] humorous, hilarious, and at times very sad. Thank you, Kent, for a good book to read.- - Leonard Peltier, author, artist, and activist -Elegant, yet powerful...Nerburn crosses borders with a single-minded dedication to preserving an oral tradition. The emotional truth that resides in the rich storytelling is a testament to the strength and endurance of Lakota culture and...removes barriers to understanding our common humanity.- - Winona LaDuke, founder and executive director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project

About the Author

Kent Nerburn is the author of twelve books on spirituality and Native themes, including Chief Joseph and the Flight of the Nez Perce (featured on the History Channel), Simple Truths, and The Wisdom of the Native Americans. He lives in northern Minnesota.

Product Details

  • File Size: 522 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1577315782
  • Publisher: New World Library (September 7, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042FZX1K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,262 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Masterpiece October 19, 2009
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Dan, the Lakota Elder who we met in Kent Nerburn's nationally acclaimed book "Neither Wolf Nor Dog", reconnects with Kent via a mysterious note attached to a tobacco pouch that says, simply, "Fatback's dead."
"The Wolf at Twilight", a "novelized non-fiction" account of Kent's second encounter with Dan, unmasks the dynamically complicated relationship between a white American and a Dakota Indian. Nerburn creates this remarkable partnership through humor, gentle understanding, wisdom, historical revelation, suspense, full embodiment of real people, and his personal journey through the colorful lives of the Lakota people. The Lakota Elder, Dan, has an abiding trust for Nerburn, not because he can pay for the gas, motel rooms and meals, but because Kent has proven his genuine understanding of the Native people through an earlier book project with the children and elders of the Red Lake Indian Reservation, "To Walk the Red Road: Memories of the Red Lake Ojibwe."
It's been many years since Kent and Dan shared an adventure together on the sprawling plains of the Dakotas in "Neither Wolf Nor Dog". But, a cryptic note and a strong sense of duty (and some remorse) again send Nerburn on the road with Dan and Grover through the sprawling plains of the Dakotas. There is a colorful collection of Native characters embedded in this excursion including Fatback, Dan's dead dog who Dan has preserved in a freezer for Nerburn to bury; Grover, Dan's crusty, intrepid friend and protector; Wenonah, Dan's granddaughter who makes it clear to Nerburn that he better not disappoint her grandfather; young Native relatives and friends practicing the traditional ways of the Lakota; and small town Americans responding to the confusing juxtaposition of the modern world and an ancient way of life.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow............... November 8, 2009
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Fifteen years ago I discovered a little book called Neither Wolf Nor Dog, written by a guy called Kent Nerburn. This was long before Amazon even existed; I found it in a real old fashioned place called a bookstore. Something about the title of the book, something about its cover. Yes, I bought a book because of its cover! That book turned out to be one of the most profound discoveries of my adult life. The story touched me deeply, made me laugh, made me cry, made me feel alive. Passionately alive. It revealed worlds and bridged them, somehow leaving me feeling whole and even a little bit holy. It became and remains one of my favorite books of all time. I have read it many, many times and cannot recommend it enough.
When I learned that Kent would be publishing a sequel, of sorts, to Neither Wolf Nor Dog, I was excited but also a little apprehensive. How many times have sequels lived up to the reputation established by the original? Neither Wolf Nor Dog is a very rich and "complete" book in and of itself. So it was a big moment when Wolf At Twilight arrived in my mailbox last week. And now I have read it and I can honestly and happily say that Kent has written another masterpiece equal in every way to its predecessor. It's just as engaging, just as emotionally involving, just as good as Neither Wolf Nor Dog. I read it way too fast because I couldn't put it down, but I didn't want it to end either. It's as profound an account of the tragic clashing of worlds as I've read anywhere. It's a telling of the story of "America" from yet another point of view that both enlightens and humbles. There is a lot to cry about in this story. And there is a lot to laugh about ( I did both while reading it.). In the end it is a cry of the heart, a very human heart, translated into (mere) words, into story, into literature that makes me, yet again, glad to be alive.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An emotionally exhausting mystery October 20, 2009
"Wolf At Twilight" is as much a gift as an emotionally exhausting journey that finds you smiling through your tears. For those who learned from the road trip of "Neither Wolf Nor Dog", "Twilight" continues the story with a mystery that Nerburn is drawn through his sense of duty and inability to say no to help solve. Through Nerburn we are allowed a privileged rare glimpse further into the life and teachings of Dan, a Lakota elder, as the seemingly futile search for his sister Yellow Bird gains intensity. The trust between Nerburn, a white man, and Dan and friends is rare and palpable.

A true story that has as much mystery, humor, history, suspense, disbelief, chaos and calm as any I've ever read. I couldn't put it down - embarrassed and saddened at the attempted genocide, bolstered by the knowledge of survival and triumph, frustrated by lack of knowledge, entertained by Charles Bronson and the rich colorful characters, and humbled to rediscover I should talk less and listen more, I emerged with profound send of warmth and renewed faith and a strong desire for more.

You won't find a better read for wisdom, ethnic and cultural diversity, spirituality, and colorful complex human behavior in it's simplest form interwoven with mystery and humor. "Wolf At Twilight" should be required reading for parents and teens alike - a true gift to be shared. Thank you Dan and friends and thank you Kent Nerburn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Transformative World View and a Great Story December 23, 2012
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As someone who worked closely within Native American culture (Navajo), much of what Nerburn describes in this book rang very true to my own personal direct experience. For those who have criticized Nerburn for making sweeping generalizations based on his primary Native character, Dan, who is Lakota, in my own view his words, perspectives, views, and insights are very characteristic of Native philosophy in general. Dan's words were extremely powerful and, if you have an open mind and heart, transformative as well. This is a great read and is very strongly recommended. When I was finished it, I was quite sad that we live in a culture so utterly antithetical to the one expressed with such passion and precision by Dan. This book really resonates.
I would have given it five stars, but, on occasion, the narrative felt a little flat and inconsistent in voice, but this is a relatively minor objection. If you want to learn about another way to live one's life, one that is profoundly balanced, caring, and centered, then read this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Literary Experience
I cannot say enough good things about Kent Nerburn and his wonderful books about Dan the Indian and whole cast of unique characters. The best part is that they are all real. Read more
Published 1 month ago by IndigoJo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Great book. Seller is great! *****
Published 1 month ago by G. Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars A good look at how different the Native American culture is ...
Very interesting reading. A good look at how different the Native American culture is than the American culture. Weill told story that kept my interest. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DB
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
The weak part of this trilogy.
Published 1 month ago by Kermit P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Neither Wolf Nor Dog continued....
This, the second in the series, is an extension of the great piece, Neither Wolf Nor Dog, now being made into a movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Mccoy
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Enjoyed this book as much as "neither wolf nor dog". Writer is super at giving the reader a sense of being along for the journey.
Published 2 months ago by Virginia Dreyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another super human story by Kent Nerburn
Another super human story by Kent Nerburn. The elder's vision of the world and history is just amazingly correct.
A pleasure
Published 2 months ago by Philsner
5.0 out of 5 stars A story for your path, if you are willing.
Having read Neither Wolf nor Dog, I found The Wolf at Twilight to be wonderful sequel that offers us a new journey with our old friends, at least I hope I can call them friends. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lee J
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Takes me back to childhood teachings. I've ordered 3 more for gifts to my anglo friends.
Published 2 months ago by LuvAmzn
5.0 out of 5 stars intresting
part 2 of .....neither wolf nor dog .........the first part i couldn't put the book down this is the next book it picks up from where the other left and carries on the story
Published 2 months ago by sharon obrien
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