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The Power of Silence: Further Lessons of don Juan Paperback – June 1, 1991
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"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)
Top Customer Reviews
As much as "Silence" is about the typical themes as other reviewers have pointed out, the book has a great deal to say about the power of intention. Cultivating full, unemotional intention ("ruthlessness") causes powerful ability to harness perception. Weak, conflicted intention causes one to be acted upon. There is much more to it, of course, and Castaneda explains in dense detail. You'll find yourself rereading passages at times in order to follow--but the effort is worthwhile.
The book was written 30 years ago, but is an undated, forceful read. If you have any bent toward spirituality, I'd recommend this book to you.
What Castaneda wrote about is not fiction however it is a difficult path that very few ever advance upon, thus the angry reviews of those calling Castaneda a fraud due to their own failure. Its also a path that those given to fantasy and believing in their own 'specialness' jump on and thus follow blindly with no lasting gains, making up their experience as they go and making sure others hear about it.
Definitely not a path for everyone but certainly open to sober verification. Also a great book for those looking for a well written and gripping book.
I believe Castaneda's genius as well as his contribution to mankind is yet to be fully appreciated. I am grateful for the gift of his writings and wisdom.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had to return this book; being open-minded, having read the books in the 1980's, I wanted to see if today, maybe with my earned knowledge from living my life, my thoughts would... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Simon
A few days into reading it a section of pages fell out from the binding -
BUT, not an issue. It cost 1 cent and I knew it was used!
Beautiful Storyteller ..too connected to these books because I'm poor. Wish I could read them again but realize/reminder I'm sad and I'm broke.Published 6 months ago by Julian
Not as good as his earlier works, eg. Tales of Power, Journey to Ixtlan. I was a little disappointed - the style struck me as waffling. I was hoping for a summative work.Published 9 months ago by NomDePlume
Don Juan Matus is a giant among shamans and Carlos, although it took awhile. learned well.Published 10 months ago by Karol Johnson