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4.2 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
Book 6 of 8 in the Don Juan Series

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Praise for the groundbreaking work of bestselling author Carlos Castaneda

"Extraordinary in every sense of the word." (The New York Times)

"An unparalleled breakthrough... Remarkable (Los Angeles Times)

"Hypnotic reading." (Chigago tribune)

"It is impossible to view the world in quite the same way." (Chicago Tribune)

"Excquisite... Stunning... Fresh, unexpected visions with the logic of dreams." (Detroit Free Press)

"Taken together [Castaneda's books] form a work among the best that the science of anthropology has produce." (The New York Times Book Review)

About the Author

Born in 1925 in Peru, anthropologist Carlos Castaneda wrote a total of 15 books, which sold 8 million copies worldwide and were published in 17 different languages. In his writing, Castaneda describes the teaching of Don Juan, a Yaqui sorcerer and shaman. His works helped define the 1960's and usher in the New Age movement. Even after his mysterious death in California in1998, his books continue to inspire and influence his many devoted fans.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Washington Square Press; Later Printing (6th) edition (December 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067173251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671732516
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #319,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What disturbs me about these reviews is that there seem to be two kinds of reviewers: the skeptics, who (mistakenly) call Castaneda a con man, and the believers, who usually can't spell worth a hoot and often have all kinds of wacky comments indicating that they are barely capable of understanding the concepts Castaneda presents. To the skeptics, I wish to say this: I am convinced that Castaneda has accurately described the world as it is today, in a way that our society cannot accept, but which is actually more practical and holistic than our steadfast denial of the existence of "forces which shape and control our lives." There is more to life than we know, and society is responsible for our blindness.
To the true believers and self-styled shamans who love to converse about this stuff as if they were experts, I say: Learn to spell and your credibility will be greatly enhanced.
Thank you for your attention.
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Carlos Castaneda's "The Eagle's gift" is the best and most important book I have ever read. It makes me sad to read about other people's skepticism which, in my opinion, is dictated solely on the base of prejudice or shallow knowledge on the subject. Those who have met Carlos Castaneda know that there is nothing invented in his books, as strange as it may seem. Unfortunately, when one is confronted with something that does not fit in our dayly reality, we immediately discard it as "fake" or "absurd", so that before giving up to stupidity or bigotry, one should first have a deep knowledge about what he is criticizing. "The Eagle's Gift" opens untapped possibilities for all human beings who have enough courage and are enough open-minded to venture into the magic world that Carlos Castaneda presents us with. This world is a magic realm that we can experience right in our own realities and lives. Finally, because there are no words to express my admiration and gratitude, I will just say that I recommend this book to anyone who wants more from life that just being drift through it.
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of course to any everday rational person, the world of castenda is absurd. how could it be otherwise? nevertheless, read this book with disbelief suspended, and its a great read. for those who have persevered through the previous volumes of carlos' introduction to the ways of 'power', now comes the nub of the argument. the heart of the matter. all that power-plant taking, ally-mongering and what not of the previous volumes is left behind. what was the purpose of don juan's elaborate rituals in the ways of 'power', painstakingly taught to a dense, exasperating carlos? nothing less than a quest for freedom. the practices are not important; what is important is the effect on the practitioner. the world of don juan is entirely re-interpreted for the reader. a completely new framework must be understood. not familiar with the world(s) of don juan and carlos? never mind: this volume, more novel-like and fast moving than the others, reads well as fiction in and of itself, whether or not the reader cares to believe casteneda. comprehending the framework of what casteneda describes is a bonus. casteneda is a quietly skilled writer, who bears re-reading. i recommend reading and understanding all the books in this series, in order. the payoff is for thos who persevere. as for the now eternal question of whether this is true, real, logical, etc., how can the average reader ever know? why worry? as carlos himself was led this way and that by his benefactors, always in a certain direction, tending towards a finer understanding of their realm, so can the reader be led by casteneda.
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I was a big fan of Castaneda when his first books came out. I was in college then. Two years ago, I set out to read all of his books, first to last, in order. I highly recommend that exercise.

This was one of the better Castaneda books. It's always dicey to write about Castaneda and the "r" word: did this really happen?

I am inclined to say yes, but not in the usual way. I know that some might see this as a cop out, but I do believe that we all live in our heads and in a world that we create in there. No one else really has access to our experience except us. What we perceive is what we imagine to be the world out side of us, and our thoughts and feelings inside of us. Castaneda's experiences are as real as anyone's.

Did he make it all up? I don't know, nor can I ever know. If he did make it all up, he was a genius. Who knows? Maybe Plato made up Socrates. Sure, the was a person named Socrates, and maybe there was a don Juan Matus. In the time of Plato and Aristotle, it was quite common to write dialogs about famous thinkers and write what they should have said, or write what they might of said, what was characteristic of their thinking. If the original never actually said that was not a problem. This wasn't our sense of history and truth that we have today.

Ultimately, there is being, what is, and what is not. Truth, falsity, right, wrong, good, and evil are all of the mind. If you stick to facts, what is, you won't find any of the above. "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so." Shakespeare.

For me, Castaneda, don Juan, and don Genaro are great beings. I enjoy their mystery a great deal.
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