Sorcerer's Apprentice: My Life with Carlos Castaneda

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North Atlantic Books, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 430 pages
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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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User Review  - popejephei - LibraryThing

Not a bad book, and one far less shocking than the title and cover matter suggest. While this is definitely an account of working with one of the most famous gurus of the 20th century, above all else ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lenaphoenix - LibraryThing

This book about one woman’s intimate involvement with Carlos Castaneda and members of his inner circle affected me on a very personal level, as one of the spiritual groups I was involved with borrowed ... Read full review

Contents

Meet the Worlds Most Elusive Man I
1
The Interim Years
26
Reunion with Florinda
38
Bats
46
The Next Reunion
49
My Reunion with Carlos
56
Meet an Alien
65
A Poisonous Lunch
70
A Peek Behind Oz Curtain and The Shroud of Turin
242
3o Carlos Sends a Witch to Move Me
253
A Magic Table
260
The Nagual Fails at Seduction
265
Sundays Very Bloody Sundays
277
The Halfway House for Losers
283
Sorceric Sex and Sorceric Love
292
Projections of Betrayal
307

Were in Business
75
Io Carlos Castaneda Goes on a Date
83
Sex Magic Leads to Danger
91
Mexico with Castaneda
99
A Magical Tour of the Sorcerers Secret Home
109
Ripe for the Picking
114
Give Up My Cats Become a Waitress and Scandalize Infinity
131
Disaster
140
Hire a Private Detective
145
The TruthDefier
152
Workshop Hopping Leads to Transformation
163
The Sunday Class
171
Energy Vampires
177
Fairy Dust
184
Heads Will Roll
197
The Theatre of the Real
202
The Truth about Hierarchy
218
Jewelry Wars
227
Claude and Her Friends Play Dolls
233
Astrid Burns Her Past
315
The Naguals Final Months
318
Last Visits with My Husband
323
A Hummingbirds Goodbye
331
Taishas Farewell
338
Hes Gone
343
Christmastime in the Asylum
355
Coke vs Pepsi
363
The Hierarchy of Emptiness
372
Implosion
379
Does Sorcery Tough Love Work?
387
Epilogue
394
Afterword to the 2007 Edition
403
A Guide to the Cast of Major Characters
410
Where Are They Now?
417
Carlos Castanedas Will and Death Certificate
421
Glossary
426
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About the author (2007)

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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