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Originally posted by MichiKami
Castaneda's books are excellent; I read each when it came out, and re-read the whole series every decade or so (no, don't ask my age).
1. Yes, of course it's 100% fiction.
2. The first book (first two I believe) were dissertations while he was a student at UCLA. He lived in Westwood Village then, as I did.
3. Nope, never saw him. Damn! He was known locally though, certain restaurants he went to, etc.
4. He died about 6 years ago.
There are some good books about him. The biggest 'errors' are along the lines of "he COULDN'T have walked 5 hours straight like he said because the Sonoran desert is so hot you have to take some rests". Little crap. But it's all a terrific allegory, that all fit together very well and have influenced many lives.