"A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting."
The great shaman, philosopher and anthropologist whose work and life has been called controversial and widely disputed, even at his death. Modern historians and fans have always disagreed on the existence of the main hero, philosopher Don Jouan and his disciples.
Discover a world beyond your imagination but within your capabilities. But do not be fooled. These books contain much more philosophy than descriptions of mind-altering states. Also do not let your self be put off by the repetition in the early books. Castaneda usually asks the same questions over and over again to Don Juan. But with repetition always comes knowledge as you gain an insight into the complex cosmic theories of the Mexican shaman.
Always try to read Carlos Castaneda books in order of publication as the story and philosophy unfold. It should really help understanding his teachings, rather than simply follow the plot of every book unfolding. Some might say that it is impossible to fully grasp the meanings of these books if you do not read them in their original order.
Carlos Castaneda Bibliography