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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; Reprint edition (April 22, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062506528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062506528
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In 1971 ethnobotanist McKenna ( The Archaic Revival ), his brother Dennis and three friends boated to a town in Amazonian Colombia, seeking a hallucinogenic plant that enables the Witoto tribe to talk to elf-like "little men." In psychedelicized ravings interspersed with diary excerpts, McKenna records their experiences after ingesting mind-altering mushrooms and other psychoactive plants. A flying saucer slowly flew over McKenna's head; he calls it a "holographic mirage" of a future technology. Dennis had a revelation about a "psychofluid" that pervades the universe. McKenna flashes forward to Hawaii in 1975 where mantis-like creatures from hyperspace attack his lover, and flashes back to his tantric lovemaking in Tibet and to Indonesia where unrepentant Nazi scientists tried to recruit him in 1970. He posits the existence of a particle of time, the chronon , which conditions matter. A bizarre book.
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Unlike McKenna's last book, the preposterous Food of the Gods ( LJ 2/15/92), this work is more an adventure story than an anthropological treatise. It is the chronicle of the author's 1971 trip to the Amazon jungle in search of secret tribal hallucinogens. While his band of hippie adventurers never do find the fabled hallucinogen "oo-koo-he," they do manage to ingest an incredible amount of native psilocybin mushrooms, which trigger mystical and psychic experiences. It is hard to accept McKenna's conclusion that something unexplainable really did happen in the Amazon. Instead, his book reads like an account of an especially chaotic drug experience. Pseudoscientific ramblings concerning the nature of time serve only to move this book farther out toward the fringes. McKenna's story will be of interest to certain subcultures, but the appeal will not extend to most general readers. An optional purchase for public libraries.
- Eric Hinsdale, Trinity Univ. Lib., San Antonio
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Ross James Browne on March 26, 2003
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This book is an adventurer's tale; a gripping account of the harrowing experiences of a group of hippie thrill-seekers. This book is a real page-turner. It reads like a good novel, and there is never a dull moment. It is simply a blow-by-blow account of the author's drug-induced experiences in the Amazon jungle, a cross between an episode of National Geographic Explorer and an article out of High Times. Some Terence Mckenna enthusiasts might be somewhat dissapointed, however, because _True Hallucinations_ is not a potent philosophical work like his other books. It is not an attempt to root out the meaning of existence or discover the origins of the universe, but is instead just an entertaining romp through the jungle. Also an update: Dennis McKenna is alive and well and has been actively researching ethnopharmacology for 40 years. His writings have been published in scientific journals and his latest ideas are available on youtube and other internet sites and blogs. This is to correct and retract my earlier assertion that he somehow experienced bad side effects as a result of his research.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 28, 1999
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This book was a spiritual eye-opener. I now look at society, mushrooms, and the world from a completely different perspective. I read the book aloud to my wife, and Terence McKenna's prose filled the room with as much weight as the little voices in your head. A remarkable read from a remarkable man. We actually passed this book on to a friend who was interested, and are moving on to another of McKenna's books as well as a spoken-word/music CD. Highly recommended to anyone with an open mind and the ability to question ones own reality (just remember that you create your own reality).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 20, 1999
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Even if Mckenna didn't have the remarkable theories (whether you believe them or not) to go along with his adventures, this would remain a great read. Mckenna has an exemplary control of the language and his wit is untouchable. Of the three books by him I have read, this remains my favorite, and I think it is the one most suited for the non-specialist. One of my favorite books.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
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I have experienced similar things like McKenna, but i am just in the begining of my personal experience. Read this book is like wake and understand that the experience whit the mushroom is deeper than any religion because it explores your own subconscience and your own spirit. McKenna is being the voice to the people who don't fall in the material hoax that this century have. Is good to see a book that can involve you in a new world full whit lots of posibilities, and is good to see a man who can dig without fear.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David J. Brown VINE VOICE on August 29, 2007
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Hands down--Terence McKenna is the best storyteller that I've ever encountered, and True Hallucinations is one of my very favorite books of all-time. Terence's masterfully-crafted language simply holds me spellbound. A lot of people aren't aware that the book True Hallucinations is actually based upon a nine CD audio set of Terence telling the tale of his extraordinary adventures in the Amazon. As incredible as this book is, it simply pales by comparison next to the original "talking book." Terence was a master of language, and hearing him tell this story in his own voice is an incomparable experience. The True Hallucinations Talking Book was published by Sound Photosynthesis in Mill Valley, California.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Dressel on December 4, 2008
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This is another great book from the McKenna's. I wouldn't listen to the people giving this book bad reviews based on things like McKenna's death from brain cancer. Brain cancer is more likely to be caused by food additives like aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, and MSG. The U.S.'s oppressive government has been trying a long time to find legitimate reason to say psychedelics are bad for and the best things that they can come up with are rumors they start that LSD makes your brain bleed on your spine and if you do it seven times your legally insane. Both are completely ridiculous.

They also make the argument that you can go to a Dead show and see all the burnouts and that's all caused by psychedelics. At dead shows however they are burnouts they are not taking mushrooms and ayhuasca in religious shamanic ways. They spending days at a time strung out on psychedelics, uppers, downers, screamers, and laughers. More like Hunter S. Thompson in Fear and Loathing. Not nearly the type of use McKenna tries to promote.

As for the book, I'd say read it. It will help you understand why running around with a swollen ego and worried about your material possessions is not a good way to live your life.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Alligator on May 18, 2000
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I found this book very interesting as I myself have been known to explore and can relate to the author's feelings and emotions. The book is easy to read as the author's story is very intriguing. The only problem is that some of his theories are WAY out there. Under the same influences I've had people express similar "out there" theories and all you can say is "what! ". Otherwise a book worth owning. Perhaps the most interesting conclusion is when he pieces together coincidences that point to a specific day of the end of time....he tells it much better than I could
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By W.W. on December 22, 2008
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Travel with McKenna, his brother Dennis, and a motley mix of intrepid twentysomethings (including a psychotic with a pet monkey) into the Amazonian interior in search of fungal enlightenment, UFOs, relief from a mother's death, and butterflies. The prose alone will alter your Alpha waves. I felt as if I'd been to Oz and back.
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