- Paperback: 187 pages
- Publisher: Peter Luce (September 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 099926270X
- ISBN-13: 978-0999262702
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
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"Getting Castaneda is a fascinating exploration of the works of Carlos Castaneda, and delivers an in-depth examination of the incredible and often inexplicable tales he told in the 11 books he wrote during his stay on Earth."
." For those who are long-time readers or even practitioners, Getting Castaneda delivers additional analysis and commentary which serve to re-awaken our sense of wonder and enable us to read the books of Castaneda with a fresh perspective."
"Luce's smooth, clear and impeccable work mak'es the old Carlos reader go, 'ohhh, I see it now.'"
"Luce has translated the hieroglypics of Castaneda, which few could understand. He has done a great and important thing. It is sweeping and somehow puts voice to what Carlos couldn't say."
"As such, what we get from "Getting Castaneda," (great title) (and the author's goal) is a new excitement, reignited from the early 70s when the books took off like a rocket."
About the Author
Peter Luce was a school teacher in Philadelphia, and then worked for 30 years in the jewellery business between Bali and New York. He now lives in Indonesia.
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Great job on "Getting Castaneda", it came at an auspicious time in my life. I wish I had read it 35 years ago before I had read Castaneda’s books. If I had, I would have gotten more out of the totality of his work.
The second reading of your book has made me realize how little I understood the methodology of Castaneda’s books because I missed the big picture. After “The Eagles Gift”, his sixth book, I started loosing interest so I missed the real significance to the nature of the "Second Attention". Like you mentioned in your book, it seemed like a ploy to sell more books which didn’t enamor me to his credibility. And to this day, I still find it incredulous that he never adequately explained what happened at the end of "Tales of Power" when he leaps off a cliff. It was a poetic way to end the book because that amount of courage seemed so out of character; like the mastery of his years of apprenticeship finely paid off. So it only seemed appropriate that the beginning of his following book should be as profound; at least more then just his need to drive back to Mexico to find out what happened because he wasn't really sure. Really? WTF!!
Anyway, I appreciated Della Van Hise review on your website that made a point of affirming the relevance of the "Second Attention" from her own experience as a way of adding credibility to the veracity of Castaneda’s claims.
"Getting Castaneda" has made me want to re-read Castaneda's books again.
Another possible theory is that Castaneda's final story may be somewhat of a confession that his last books like The Art of Dreaming and Magical Passes were works containing some or lots of plagiarism, but the earlier books are not. For example, Castaneda admittedly studies eastern martial arts, which are similar to magical passes. Also, perhaps The Art of Dreaming tells of events that happened to other shamans, perhaps from an older time. Not sure, but this theory seems as likely or perhaps more likely than the theory that all the books were based on plagiarism and events that perhaps happened to other people. This theory may also help explain some of the inconsistencies in Castaneda and his cohorts works and assertions outside of the book: like the blue scout, Carol Tiggs, etc. Personally, I'm undecided, but appreciate "Getting Castaneda" for helping me think more critically and deeply about Castaneda's books.