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Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda
     

Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda

by Amy Wallace
 

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Sorcerer’s Apprentice opens with Amy Wallace’s first meeting with Carlos Castaneda, the infamous anthropologist-turned-shaman, whose books described meetings with Yaqui Indian spiritual teacher don Juan. Castaneda’s rise was meteoric in the late 1960s as he wrote massive bestsellers, inspired many to experiment with psychedelics, and was

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Sorcerer’s Apprentice opens with Amy Wallace’s first meeting with Carlos Castaneda, the infamous anthropologist-turned-shaman, whose books described meetings with Yaqui Indian spiritual teacher don Juan. Castaneda’s rise was meteoric in the late 1960s as he wrote massive bestsellers, inspired many to experiment with psychedelics, and was dubbed “the Godfather of the New Age.” The possibility that Castaneda’s experiences may have been fabricated did little to compromise his legend.As the daughter of best-selling novelist Irving Wallace, Amy was rarely shy around famous people. When her father insisted she meet Castaneda, she at first demurred. Little did she know that a delightful first meeting would begin a 20-year friendship, followed by her descent into the dramatic and deeply troubled affair chronicled in this book. Sorcerer’s Apprentice unblinkingly reveals the inner workings of the “Cult of Carlos,” run by a charismatic authoritarian in his sixties who controlled his young female followers through emotional abuse, mind games, bizarre rituals, dubious teachings, and sexual excess. Wallace’s story is both specific and universal, a captivating cautionary tale about the dangers of giving up one’s power to a tyrant–and about surviving assaults on body and spirit.

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The Washington Post
The book is not artful. But it is a compelling page-turner, full of secrets, betrayals and uncharacterizable wackiness. Castaneda assured Wallace that his magic sperm went straight to a woman's brain, where it effected positive change -- and could not impregnate, as his lovers were merely human. He could read newspapers through his toes. With charisma based on such incredible claims, he kept everyone around him in constant anxiety by alternately offering warm approval and assaulting their inherent worth. — David Doherty
Library Journal
In this intimate memoir, Wallace, the daughter of novelist Irving Wallace and an author/compiler of many books (e.g., The Psychic Healing Book with Bill Henkin), depicts her friendship and love affair with the enigmatic Carlos Castaneda, known for his best-selling books on the teachings of Indian mystic Don Juan. Wallace, who was not only Castaneda's lover but also a member of his cult of followers, reveals that what started out as a positive experience soon turned into a nightmare of humiliations, strange sex games, and weird theatrical rites. Having grown up in a dysfunctional family, Wallace soon became a willing victim of the blandishments of the cult and its fanatic leaders. Enlivened with vivid scenes and personalities, this book shows Wallace's evolution from na ve apprentice to disillusioned ex-member, often in harrowing detail. At the same time, however, the text is seriously hampered by its excessive length and the failure to identify who's who in Castaneda's ever-expanding inner circle. Recommended for popular collections and for those who are fascinated by perverse literary byways and movements.-Morris Hounion, New York City Coll. of Technology Lib., Brooklyn Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781583948095
Publisher:
North Atlantic Books
Publication date:
07/30/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
6 MB

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Meet the Author

Amy Wallace has published twelve books, including The Psychic Healing Book with Bill Henkin, and with her family co-authored the #1 New York Times bestselling Book of Lists series, which sold millions of copies world-wide. Her solo works include the highly acclaimed erotic novel, Desire, and the best-selling biography The Prodigy: The Life of William James Sidis. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

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