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Blue Horse Dreaming by Melanie Wallace
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.9" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.2" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Oct 15, 2003
ISBN 1931561516 ISBN13 9781931561518
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More About Melanie Wallace
Melanie Wallace is a former Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. She holds B.A., M.Ed. and Ed.D Degrees. In 2004, the University of Texas at Arlington nominated her for the Chancellor s Excellence in Teaching Award. She is a member of the ACEI Infancy Early Childhood Committee.
Melanie Wallace currently resides in New York, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about Blue Horse Dreaming?
Minus 1/2 star if you don't like very sad stories. Mar 27, 2006
Sad sad sad sad story of two lives scarred and doomed by man's inhumanity to man. Double your dose of medication for this streaming narrative of savagery and loss. You won't soon forget it. Be prepared for strong imagery and vivid descriptions of the destructive effect of violence, the unforgiving landscape, and the terrible consequences of fate that befall both protagonists. It's worth reading and reflecting on this book, especially as it bears on current events. How easily we can misunderstand and want to eradicate others than ourselves. It works both ways.
"She-Who-Was-Dreamed-By-The Blue-Horse" - EXTRAORDINARY! Feb 11, 2005
Abigail Buwell sits by her blue roan and thinks: "I could have said this, that I was born, truly born, under a sky of shooting stars, beside a herd of grazing horses wearing moonlight on their coats. That the air smelled of water and juniper, and that I was born like this, whole. That I had lived only for some four years: that was the span of my true life."
Totally against her will, Abigail Buwell was redeemed from Indian captivity by an abusive brother-in-law whom she feared and hated. Her lawfully wedded husband - in name only - had died four years before, on the day she was captured. Three Indian braves were traded for Abigail and another woman - one who was glad to be rejoining "civilization." Almost nine months pregnant, Abigail was forced to leave behind her small child, a man who cared for her, and the People, the only family she had ever really known. While one woman hated her captors and simply endured, Abigail found kindness, love and laughter for the first time in her young life. She left the tribe with the child in her womb, her magnificent blue roan, and the name given to her by the Indians, "She-Who-Was-Dreamed-By-The Blue-Horse."
US Military Outpost 2881 stood at the furthest edge of the frontier under the command of Major Robert Cutter, a Civil War veteran. There upon the barren, desolate plains, guarding a hostile somber-colored space, dwelled a contingent of military men, two women - the doctor's sick wife and the washerwoman, Maria - and a greedy sutler. It was to this place that Abigail Buwell was brought, and where she said, "I will not live among you." Major Cutter was the only one who heard. She didn't speak again.
Seemingly forgotten by mankind, and perhaps by God, the fort had been rife with illness. The Quartermaster and many others had died during an epidemic of meningitis. Almost all the food and fresh water were gone and no supply wagons in sight. There had been insubordination and desertion in the ranks. The men were in a stupor, unshaven, filthy, infested with vermin - shadows of their former selves. And the major, who had never fully recovered from the war, was unable to take control and improve conditions, if that were a possibility. Cutter had totally fallen apart - alienated, isolated, living in his own grim inner world, inhabited by ghosts, unable to cope with the even darker realities of the outpost. Among his papers was found, much later, a disturbing list he devised of "Good" and "Evil" - a telling example of his state of mind. He felt a kinship to Abigail, but her silence, emotional withdrawal and open hostility, pushed him further into himself and provoked hallucinations. He knew that neither of them had a future. The soldiers were immediately suspicious of Abigail, especially when her fellow hostage, the other woman who had been rescued, called her a "savage." Violence threatened to break out. Mutiny was in the air, but the men were too weak to act - for the moment
Melanie Wallace's insights into the human heart are astute, powerful and cut to the soul. Her well crafted narrative paints a bleak and brutal picture of post-Civil War life on the remote frontier. The landscapes of the Great Plains are fantastical, nightmarish. Ms. Wallace's language is, quite simply, beautiful. Her descriptions of people, their thoughts, and dialogue linger long after one puts the book down. The secondary characters and their dilemmas are striking, especially Cole, the black smithy, who is almost as isolated as Abigail. He offered comfort without being intrusive. And Reed Gabriel, the journalist who came looking for a story and discovered something else. This is a remarkable and intense novel which I highly recommend. Extraordinary writing from an amazingly talented author - first novel too! JANA
wonderful novel Oct 23, 2004
I am not normally a reader of frontier or western novels, but I picked this up because a good well read friend raved about it. She was right! It is beautifully written, so beautifully that the enormous amount of detail about military life on the frontier is neither tedious nor boring, but rather fascinating and engrossing. It is easy to sympathize with the main character, whose mental and spiritual deterioration is the axis of the plot. One really feels his pain, yet the pain is redeemed by the quality of the prose, which, in my case, at least, inspired me to eagerly read on to the novel's depressing but unsurprising conclusion. For all lovers of fine writing!
Depressing Aug 2, 2004
I was really looking forward to reading this book. Needless to say, I found it depressing. Not every book has a happy ending. This wasn't even close! I was hoping for so much more about her life with the "People". That was skimmed over at best.
Not a true rating, because . . . Jan 5, 2004
. . . I haven't read the book. I include the rating or my comments won't be posted and I want to be fair to the author.
But I may not have to read her book. In the review below, Luansos cordially offers the entire plotline, a little too much of it. I may just read the last 2-3 pages of the book to find out how it all comes out, though I think I know already.
Anyone who wants to read Ms. Wallace's book, which looks very good indeed, would do well not to pre-read Luansos detailed and overly helpful Cliff Notes.