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I Was Carlos Castaneda: The Afterlife Dialogues Kindle Edition

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"A marvelous book with rich teachings that particularly touch the heart of death--and, thus, life itself."--Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

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"A marvelous book with rich teachings that particularly touch the heart of death -- and, thus, life itself."--Thom Hartmann, author of The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

Carlos Castaneda comes back from the dead in a true-life spiritual adventure story set in the French Pyrenees, Machu Picchu, the Peruvian Amazon, and the American Southwest.

Four months after his death, the world-renowned writer, anthropologist, and mystic Carlos Castaneda turns up in the French Pyrenees. He meets with writer Martin Goodman. His purpose? To lead Martin beyond the fear of death and the confusions of mortality, and to offer a clearer understanding of the ultimate wisdom -- the wisdom to live the rest of our days in full and conscious harmony with the living earth.

Martin Goodman is a gifted storyteller who has infused I Was Carlos Castaneda with literary verve and humor. When, at their first encounter, an incredulous Goodman confronts Castaneda with reports of his recent death, Castaneda replies wryly, "Details. . . mere details." And so the story begins.


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  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (December 18, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XUDHSO
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Format: Paperback
I was very excited to see this book, and bought it immediately.
I started reading Castanedas books back in the mid 70's, and I have read every book that he has written multiple times over. They always bring back to me the realization of the magical in Life.
As I was reading this book, it reminded me of watching a bad movie. The kind where you keep thinking that it's got to get better soon, but it never does, and when it's over you finally realize that you've completely wasted your time. If you have not read Castaneda, and are not expecting to find him here, you may enjoy this book more than I, but of course I can't say.
I don't find Castaneda in this book - neither in person, nor in writing style. I personally found it to be particularly badly written compared to Castaneda's writing, and hard to follow at times. Castaneda's actions in the book also do not ring true to me. It's kind of like his character is a mix between a weak Don Juan and a selfish Castaneda, and a Rodney Dangerfield who doesn't *deserve* any respect.
Of course, I can't really say whether Martin Goodman actually experienced the presence of Castaneda (or maybe his inept double). All that I can say is that it didn't feel like it to me. I came away wondering whether Martin just made the whole thing up just to make money. After all, he admits in the book that when he was given a wish, he unashamedly chooses money. All that I can say is that it would surprise me more if it were actually true than if it were not.
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From the standpoint of marketing genius in the title and cover design (overall concepting the book) this work is admirable.
From the standpoint of revelling in the glory of an icon's memory to propel a mediocre writer's career, the work is disappointing.
I'm of the opinion that negative reviews should only be reserved for the most extreme cases, works like this - that leave such a bad taste in the mouth.
If I had written a book entitled, " I was Timothy Leary: The Afterlife Dialogues by Brian Wallace, Timothy Leary " I'd have trouble sleeping at night.
Castaneda had many personalities, and I'm convinced that Martin Goodman's was not one of the them.
Sorry.
Brian Wallace/author/Labyrinth of Chaos
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I think so, but it's hard to tell. I don't question the possibility of a person communicating after death. I recently lost a good friend, and am gifted with his remaining presence in wonderful magical ways. Goodman may well have had similar experiences with Castaneda, or he may not have. After several months of trying to cull anything meaningful from this book, I get no feeling of connection with don Carlos or the wonder that he shared with us. It may be that Goodman is just another new age hack, but I don't think so. More likely, the problem is Goodman's laborious and contrived writing.
Goodman's writing is so unfocussed that at times it reads like a badly translated instruction manual for a Korean VCR. "I look to the thin channel of water running as the center of the path to pass by my side, understanding now that the light is no reflection, and I see that the quality of the stream has changed."
At other times he tries to put so many ideas into a single sentence that it interrupts any rhythm Goodman may have discovered. "Until recently two dogs, one with the looks and injured ferocity of a jackal, would bark and snarl greetings at this juncture of the walk while the washing of a single woman's vast brood, the eldest a soldier back from the Balkans and the youngest tiny golden-tressed twins, spanned the garden on a long clothesline."
It would have been nice if Goodman's editor (and high school composition teacher) had done his or her job. But as it is this book is wasted time and money. Instead, buy Victor Sanchez's book "The Teachings of don Carlos." There is more depth and lucidity in his introduction than in Goodman'e entire book.
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I am surprised at the grudges some readers here hold ... maybe envy? I knew Carlos Castaneda from two weekends of his teachings and from studying all his books and am very pleased to have this addition. It speaks to my life, and my dreams, in the way he has always done. More than ever perhaps. The teachings continue. Why does everybody have to deny everything Castaneda has ever done? Please do not deny yourselves a chance to read the lessons he has brought back to us from the other side of death.
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A truly superb book. One that has the energy and power of one of the greats.
I come at this from a funny angle. I sense that on the left wing environmentalist front it is seeking to preach largely to the converted and give them teachings to assist in their own development.
I am far from left leaning and do not have the same spiritual take on things as Martin but felt very able to connect with the power of the experiences recounted in this book.
I also have the pleasure of having visited this area of France. The description is accurate and really sends the mind shooting back to my time there.
I think that anyone who can accept this book on its own terms and accept the journey recounted regardless of any cynicism they may hold as to its reality will enjoy the book.
Attacking the book as a marketing ploy is very crude and unhealthy. Its not Castaneda, its not a biography. It does not attempt to sell as such and has something of its own to offer the world.
Matthew
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