Synopses & Reviews
opens with Amy Wallaces first meeting with Carlos Castaneda, the infamous anthropologist-turned-shaman, whose books described meetings with Yaqui Indian spiritual teacher don Juan. Castanedas rise was meteoric in the late 1960s as he wrote massive bestsellers, inspired many to experiment with psychedelics, and was dubbed “the Godfather of the New Age.” The possibility that Castanedas experiences may have been fabricated did little to compromise his legend.
As the daughter of best-selling novelist Irving Wallace, Amy was rarely shy around famous people. When her father insisted she meet Castaneda, she at first demurred. Little did she know that a delightful first meeting would begin a 20-year friendship, followed by her descent into the dramatic and deeply troubled affair chronicled in this book. Sorcerers Apprentice unblinkingly reveals the inner workings of the “Cult of Carlos,” run by a charismatic authoritarian in his sixties who controlled his young female followers through emotional abuse, mind games, bizarre rituals, dubious teachings, and sexual excess. Wallaces story is both specific and universal, a captivating cautionary tale about the dangers of giving up ones power to a tyrant-and about surviving assaults on body and spirit.
About the Author
Amy Wallace has published twelve books, including The Psychic Healing Book with Bill Henkin, and with her family co-authored the #1 New York Times bestselling Book of Lists series, which sold millions of copies world-wide. Her solo works include the highly acclaimed erotic novel, Desire, and the best-selling biography The Prodigy: The Life of William James Sidis. She lives in Los Angeles, California.