Books: The Sorcerer's Apprentice

JOURNEY TO IXTLAN by CARLOS CASTANEDA 315 pages. Simon & Schuster. $6.95.

In 1961 a 26-year-old anthropologist named Carlos Castaneda was poking about on a field trip in the Southwest, researching his thesis on medicinal plants used by local Indians. In an Arizona border town, while waiting for a bus, he met an old Yaqui Indian from northwest Mexico, Don Juan Matus. Don Juan was an exceptionally powerful "man of knowledge": a brujo, or sorcerer. Over the next ten years, Castaneda became his apprentice, as Don Juan initiated him into increasingly mysterious and...

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