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The Holy Road Paperback – July 9, 2011

4.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews

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About the Author

Michael Blake began his writing career developing screenplays in Los Angeles. After discussing a new idea for a historical film with Kevin Costner, the budding actor encouraged Michael to write the story as a novel, concerned that as a script the story would never reach the screen. The novel, Dances With Wolves, immediately became a number one New York Times bestseller. Michael Blake went on to receive an Academy Award for his screenplay, and has been writing novels and film scripts ever since.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ZOVA Books (July 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615510574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615510576
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jean C. Hofve on March 25, 2012
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Having spent time on a Nez Perce reservation when I was a teenager, I've always been one of those who rooted for the Indians instead of the cowboys. "Little Big Man" was my favorite movie. Until, of course, "Dances with Wolves" came along. I've probably seen that movie several dozen times by now, and it's just as moving today as it was the first time I saw it. I even bought the book by Michael Blake that was the basis for the movie, and honestly, the book was even better.

The Holy Road is the sequel to "Dances with Wolves." It is just as powerfully written, but of course the reality is that the Sioux were eventually forced onto reservations, and those who refused were hunted down and exterminated. That's history, and of course it makes for a very unhappy, if realistic, ending for this book. Nevertheless, if you want to follow the continuing adventures of Smiles a Lot, Wind in His Hair, Ten Bears, and the rest of the band, it's an engaging and fascinating read. Just be prepared for a serious reality check before it's over.
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I loved "Dances With Wolves" the book and was excited to learn there was a sequel book "The Holy Road". In fact I started reading it immediately when I received it even though I was in the middle of another. "The Holy Road" gives us depth and insight into the life, thoughts and emotions of each character and that of the entire Comanche nation. It was a sad but enjoyable read....I could hardly put it down. This is a keeper for my library. I like to pass books on to others but I'm afraid I would never get this one back!
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The Holy Road is a beautifully written historical novel. Dances with Wolves was published in 1988, the film was released in 1991. Michael Blake wrote the screenplay to his novel, so it is naturally very faithful to the book, with a few exceptions (mentioned below). Blake took some fifteen years before he could put ink to paper to continue the story, and the sequel was published in 2001. Blake now states in the 2011 reprint (Zova Books), ‘Unfortunately, what took place with all, including John Dunbar and Stands With A Fist, has never been known by the vast majority of American readers.’ This seems incomprehensible, that for some reason the book didn’t reach the readers in 2001. I’ve chosen not to use the book title for the blog – I suspect that perhaps it doesn’t pull in readers. In effect, the Comanche are being asked to take the white man’s holy road, a road they have never travelled.

I hope this new version and publisher put that right, because the story is worth reading for many reasons.

Dances With Wolves is about the Comanche tribes, not the Sioux. Film producer Jim Wilson says in the Illustrated Story of the Film, ‘At first I had Oklahoma and Texas in mind (for filming), because the Indians in Michael’s novel were Comanche and they were indigenous to those areas… It was really the buffalo that pointed us toward South Dakota…’ Here, they found the largest private herd of buffalo in the world – 3,500 head. The added benefit of South Dakota was one of the largest Native American communities in the country, the Sioux. The Holy Road continues with the story of the Comanche.

The ending of the film is not the ending of the book; John Dunbar and Stands With A Fist don’t leave the tribe, but stay with them.
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Sequel to Dances with Wolves... (the book version not the movie because the ends were very different) So if you read Dances With Wolves, the book, this tells you what happens to everyone next. Not nearly as well written as DWW and pretty much ruined the concept of how DDW, the book, ended. Tries too hard to recapture the mood at the end DDW and results in the attempt and plot convention being weak and depressing. DWW was like catching lightning in a bottle. Once you have caught it successfully, you just need to stop there, or you get burned....
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I was SO delighted to find this book. I had no idea that the author had written anything other than "Dances With Wolves," so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this "read." Although very good, I can't give it the five stars I was expecting it to be, especially after "Dances With Wolves." I believe this would make a better movie than a book(?)but it is, in my opinion, worth your reading time, so do give it a try.
Happy reading & all the best,
Sugarshine
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This is a fabulous book. I didn't know about it until I saw a special about Dances With Wolves. I'd always wondered about the things that happened to the characters after the movie was over, and this is a wonderful sequel. Very well written and engaging.
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By Waldo00 on November 3, 2011
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The life of John Dunbar and Stands with A Fist continues. Good insight into the plains Indians last days.
Highly recommended.
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I have mixed feelings about this book. It was excellent at times and very weak at others. Stands with a Fist was very inconsistent in this book. She didn't even acknowledge a very significant event, which did not ring true to me (trying not to reveal any spoilers). Dances with Wolves is an insignificant character in this book and I was really disappointed by that. I am a historian and I thought Blake romanticized some aspects of Native American life in this book more so than he did in the first book. There are compelling characters in this story but Blake starts revealing them to us only to end the book without letting us know their story. Now that he has passed away, we will never know. I wanted to be impressed by this book like I was by Dances With Wolves but I was disappointed.
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