Thursday, July 5, 2012


DREAM DANCER REVIEW From Goodreads: Jul 01, 2012 Bethany rated it (five stars) I'm not one to really take the time to write a review but after finishing this book I feel there are a few words that have to be said. It's hard to find many books regarding really any Native American topic, especially when just browsing for free ebooks, but I downloaded this book on a whim without really knowing what to expect. I won't go into much detail but this book tells the story of Coop Rever, a celebrated war vet living a good life in France as a journalist, who cannot deny the calling of Koona Manitou to come back to the Okwe reservation in America and fulfill his destiny to save his people. The setting starts out in the 50's and Crowe portrays the horrific racism endured by the Native Americans during this time period, being branded as "red niggers" and treated as less than second class citizens who aren't even believed that they should possess their own land by the white politicians and corrupt police force/correction officers. Every time I thought I knew where the direction of the story was going, Crowe threw me for another loop and spun Coop's life for yet another painful turn. Not only does the reader gain more knowledge of the much under-discussed plight of Native American life, especially in context of maintaining their culture while being corralled into reservations in order to be stuffed away from the white population, but it also sheds a terrible light on the inhumanity of prison life during that time. Without spoiling any of this thought-provoking tale, let's just say that after reading the story of Coop (an unlikely but surprisingly sympathetic character), one gains a new perspective on life, the strength of the human spirit, and just how much suffering one can endure (and have denied) and still manage to survive. One of the deepest and most disturbing books that I've read in a while. I will definitely be reading more by Kenneth Crowe

A suggestion: My novel, THE PENCIL ARTIST is available as an e-book on Smashwords, Kindle, and Barnes and Noble; as a paperback on Amazon.

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