Sorcerer‚Ä∞_s Apprentice opens with Amy Wallace‚Ä∞_s first meeting with Carlos Castaneda, the infamous anthropologist-turned-shaman, whose books described meetings with Yaqui Indian spiritual teacher don Juan. Castaneda‚Ä∞_s rise was meteoric in the late 1960s as he wrote massive bestsellers, inspired many to experiment with psychedelics, and was dubbed ‚Ä∞√õ√èthe Godfather of the New Age.‚Ä∞_ The possibility that Castaneda‚Ä∞_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‚Ä∞_s Apprentice unblinkingly reveals the inner workings of the ‚Ä∞√õ√èCult of Carlos,‚Ä∞_ 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‚Ä∞_s story is both specific and universal, a captivating cautionary tale about the dangers of giving up one‚Ä∞_s power to a tyrant‚Ä∞√õ√íand about surviving assaults on body and spirit.
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