Something was grabbing the edge of the mirror, as if
from the inside of the glass, as if the glass surface
were an open window and something or somebody
were just climbing through it.
Don Juan and I fought desperately; the loud thrash-
ing continued unremittingly like an enormous fish in
our bare hands. A strange shape was actually trying
to climb up through it. . .
I vacillated a second and the mirror flew out of my
"Grab it! Grab it!" Don Juan yelled. . .
"A VISION OF THE SORCERER'S WORLD THAT IS
FULL OF MIND-SPINNING IMPLICATIONS IN THE
?United Press International
"HIS STORIES OF INITIATION INTO THE WORLD
OF MAGIC AND SORCERY. . . CAN BE BOTH
MOCKING AND TERRIFYING. . . . THE FIRE FROM
WITHIN WILL FASCINATE YOU."
?The Nashville Tennessean
"ONE CAN'T EXAGGERATE THE SIGNIFICANCE
OF WHAT CASTANEDA HAS DONE."
?The New York Times
Each of Carlos Castaneda's books is a brilliant
and tantalizing burst of illumination into
the depths of our deepest mysteries, like a
sudden flash of light, like a burst of
lightning over the desert at night, which shows us
a world that is both alien and totally
familiar?the landscape of our dreams.
THE FIRE FROM WITHIN is the author's most
brilliant, thought-provoking and unusual
book, one in which Castaneda, under the tutelage
of don Juan and his "disciples," at last
constructs, from the teachings of don Juan and
his own experiences, a stunning portrait
of the "sorcerer's world" that is crystal-clear and
dizzying in its implications.
"It's impossible to view the world in quite
the same way after reading
THE FIRE FROM WITHIN."
I WANT TO EXPRESS MY ADMIRATION AND GRAT-
ITUDE TO A MASTERFUL TEACHER, H. Y. L., FOR
HELPING ME RESTORE MY ENERGY, AND FOR
TEACHING ME AN ALTERNATE WAY TO PLENI-
TUDE AND WELL-BEING.