Title: Behold the Man. Author: Michael Moorcock. Genre: Science Fiction. Publisher: Gollancz Publication Date: New Edition 11 Nov (First. can’t really call me a spoiler if the merchandise is already spoiled. That’s the awkward situation Michael Moorcock creates with Behold the Man. Behold the Man was originally written as a novella in Read the review on SFBook.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock. Karl Glogauer is a disaffected modern professional casting about for meaning in a series of half-hearted relationships, a dead-end job, and a personal struggle.
His questions of faith surrounding his father’s run-of-the-mill Christianity and his mother’s suppressed Judaism lead him to a bizarre obsession with the micjael of the messiah.
After the bheold of his latest affair Karl Glogauer is a disaffected modern professional casting about for meaning in a series of half-hearted relationships, a dead-end job, and a personal struggle. After the collapse of morcock latest affair and his introduction to a reclusive physics professor, Karl is given the opportunity to confront his obsession and take a journey that no man has taken before, and from which he knows he cannot return.
Upon arriving in Palestine, A. First published inBehold the Man broke through science fiction’s genre boundaries to create a poignant reflection on faith, disillusion and self-sacrifice. This is the classic beold that established the career of perhaps contemporary science fiction’s most cerebral and innovative author.
Paperbackpages. Published March 22nd by The Overlook Press first published Karl GlogauerJesus. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Behold the Manplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Moorcocm 22, Mark Lawrence rated it it was ok. I read this shortly before reading Moorcock’s nehold Shores of Death” sidenote: I just typoed this ‘The Shoes of Death’ – which would be a cool title.
In the three years between Behold the Man and The Shores of Death Moorcock’s work seems to have gained an order of magnitude in sophistication. This is actually one of his better written books – no small thing given that Moorcock’s more serious efforts are quite something.
The reason I didn’t really enjoy this book isn’t the prose or structure both strongsimply that the story is unexciting, largely unchallenging, and predictable, focused entirely on a central character who is not only unlikable, but also for me uninteresting. Moorcock does a good job of picking apart the main character’s psyche Quite likely in the challenge offered to religious ideas was far more radical, original, and shocking than in Possibly I’m damning this book for being imitated and if so I apologise.
I’m reminded here of a review possibly spoof that slags Lord of the Rings off for borrowing from Harry Potter. Either way, the book lacked koorcock and moorxock dated, the latter hardly a crime for a book written in thhe 60s. It may well still float the boat of the right reader. Join my 3-emails-a-year newsletter prizes.
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To view it, click here. Let me say first, that I am “usually” a Michael Moorcock fan. I could not read this book. I came in contact with it back when I’d been reading all Moorcock’s Eternal Champion books. So I want to explain why I can’t do this book in detail. I believe in freedom of speech and as the old saying goes, “While I don’t agree with what you say, I will defend to the death your right to say it.
I am a Christian so while I adamantly defend the right of Moorcock to write this book and for it to be freely available, I think those who may be “offended” or shocked by it should know mlorcock they are picking up in mjchael.
For me there is no value in this book enjoyment or otherwise and if I could I would give it less than one. That is a personal rating I give. I find no redeeming value here, others of course may.
The title comes from John The story treats Mary and Joseph in a very negative way, Mary being almost a “whore” and Joseph treating the virgin conception as Jesus is born a mochael and mentally challenged individual who can barely express himself, repeating his name over and over. Glogauer gets involved and tries to “stage manage” the biblical story and ends being crucified The reasoning concerned or used here not only insults Christian belief, but shows a total misunderstanding of The Crucifixion, resurrection, and redemption.
Moodcock the book will be found offensive, painful, and even blasphemous by some. If you are indifferent or anti-Christian then the book may not bother you, or it may even please you.
If you are a Christian I wanted you to be aware of the content. I disliked the book so much I was just telling why and told much of the story. View all 30 comments. Karl Glogauer, lonely misunderstood misfit, reaches the end of his rope and volunteers to man an experimental time machine for a friend.
Glogauer goes to A. Only, nothing is quite the way he remembers it from the Bible. John the Baptist is a revolutionary, Mary and Joseph’s marriage isn’t the way it should be, and as for Jesus While most people know Michael Moorcock from the Elric stories, for my money, the best Moorcock stories are the ones only tang Karl Glogauer, lonely misunderstood misfit, reaches the end of his rope and volunteers to man an experimental time machine for a friend.
While most people know Michael Moorcock from the Elric stories, for my money, the best Moorcock stories are the ones only tangently related to the Eternal champion saga. Behold the Man tells two stories. One of Karl Glogauer’s adventure in the Middle East nearly two thousand years ago, and the behole is Glogauer’s life from when his parents split when he was five.
Moorcock guides us through the events in Glogauer’s life that lead to him traveling vehold in time.
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The other thread shows Glogauer’s travels and raises questions about identity and destiny. While the big plot twist is fairly predictable, it’s power is undiminished. Behold the Man is a very memorable story and worth a read, although the particularly religious minded should read with caution.
View all 8 comments. Feb 23, Manny rated it really liked it. You know those science-fiction novels where they go back in time, and discover they’ve become some well-known historical character? This novel takes the idea pretty much to its logical conclusion It’s well worth reading. Science-fiction writers are notorious for having great ideas and then blowing mab execution the Trout Complex, a You know those science-fiction novels where they go back in time, and discover they’ve become some well-known historical character?
Science-fiction writers are notorious for having great ideas and then blowing the execution the Trout Complex, as it werebut this time Moorcock tbe it right. I wonder if any brave mzn will try and film it some moorcokc View all 24 comments. Oct 05, Tom LA rated it it was ok. Behold the Man originally appeared as a novella in a issue of New Worlds; later, Beuold produced an expanded version which is the one I read.
The title derives from the Gospel of John, Chapter 19, Verse 5: And Pilate said to them Behold the Man. This story begins with Karl’s arrival in the Holy Land of AD 28, where his time machine, a womb-like, fluid-filled sphere, cracks open a Behold the Man originally appeared as a novella in a issue of New Worlds; later, Moorcock produced an expanded version which is the one I moorcpck.
This story begins with Karl’s arrival in the Holy Land of AD 28, where his time machine, a womb-like, fluid-filled sphere, cracks open and becomes useless. By interpolating numerous memories beuold flashbacks, Moorcock tells the parallel story of Karl’s troubled past in 20th century London, and tries to explain why he’s willing to risk everything to meet Jesus.
We quickly learn that Karl is a neurotic, self-centered, immature idiot. I typically love time travel stories. And with the original intriguing concept, this story could have been so many good things.
But while it’s engaging at times, and very readable, the author’s heart was SO soaked in bitterness and cynicism and juvenile mischief when he wrote it that the final result is really poor.
Every stereotypical anti-Christian trope is present. A superficial anger against the Christian religion runs through the entire work, and it really spoils what could have been a great book, whether it had taken a Christian stance or not. Or maybe his wasn’t really anger or bitterness, but just the same immature sense of rebellion against authority that leads a 14 years old kid to write obscene graffiti on the school walls.
And boy, are there “obscene graffiti” in this book! The blasphemies are as “elegant” and “subtly intellectual” as the main character having sex with Mary, while a mentally ill, drooling Jesus sits there looking at them!
The whole thing is very, very negative. Do not read it.
Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock
A fabulous concept – almost worth the 5 star rating on its own – which is developed in an admirable way, making your head spin. The Author’s Note, at the end, is very interesting and at the same time very dangerous for book addicts like myself. Highly recommended, except for Christian fanatics – there’s a reason why the author received death threats when this story was published in the US.
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