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Critical Essay | Critical Review by Victor Howes

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of Carlos Castaneda.
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Critical Review by Victor Howes

SOURCE: "Desert Meditation, or Back Home to L.A.," in Christian Science Monitor, Vol. 65, No. 50, January 24, 1973, p. 13.

[In the following review of Journey to Ixtlan, Howes, an English professor at Northeastern University, states that the least satisfying part of this account is Castaneda's description of psychedelic experiences.]

What happens when an inquisitive student of anthropology named Carlos Castaneda meets a wise old Yaqui Indian sorcerer? What happens when an ardent scholar, a compulsive taker of notes, bumps into a true sage, an elderly vigorous man of power named don Juan, who lives alone on the edge of a desert somewhere in southwestern U.S.A.?

Answer: the young man becomes the sorcerer's apprentice. Journey to Ixtlan is the story of that apprenticeship.

Billed as anthropology, and subtitled The Lessons of Don Juan, Journey reads nevertheless like a...

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