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Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan Summary
Carlos Castaneda

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Journey to Ixtlan: The Lessons of Don Juan Summary

Plot Summary

Carlos Castaneda is an anthropology student seeking information from a Yaqui Indian sorcerer named Don Juan Matus in order to research psychotropic plants. The author's objective becomes sidelined by Don Juan, who avoids all discussion of plants. In this, Castaneda's third book on lessons from a 'man of knowledge,' Don Juan's mysterious but charismatic persona takes Castaneda under his wing. From December, 1960 to May, 1971, Castaneda becomes his reluctant sorcerer's apprentice. The Indian is determined to show Castaneda entry into an alternative reality akin to that reached through peyote.

The introduction clarifies the premise of Journey to Ixtlan, which Castaneda explains, as a more concrete and permanent road to the temporary experience of ingesting psychedelic plants such as peyote. Castaneda immediately gives us a glimpse of Don Juan's intimidating wisdom by referring to his piercing glance. In effect each successive chapter is a step of Castaneda's apprenticeship. Whether...

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