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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Behold the Man

An intriguing and thought-provoking examination of faith, myth and Truth. Technology is not a prominent aspect. The protagonist, Karl Glogauer, is from our current time.

This is actually a very good technique; it puts an additional emphasis on the continual mental turmoil of the anti-hero calling him a protagonist doesn’t really ring true and keeps the reader on their toes.

Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock

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 nan they are picking up in advance. Karl, badly injured during his journey, crawls halfway out of the time machine, then faints. When he finds Mary and JosephMary turns out to be little more than a whore, and Joseph, a bitter old man, sneers openly at her claim to have been mzn by an angel.

It’s the 60s, man, a time micheal beatnik philosophy. In an obscure sci-fi mag in the mids, however, Moorcock was somewhat ensconced. Only, nothing is quite the way he remembers it from the Bible. View all 8 comments.

If you don’t mind Moorcock playing with basics of Christianity, then you might well find it interesting. You know, to preserve history and biblical truth.

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No matter which cultural viewpoint you hail from, the story has potential effect. I’m reminded here of a review possibly spoof that slags Lord of the Rings off for borrowing from Harry Potter. Yes, Christians, and come I read this novella years ago, in a used paperback copy of a Year’s Best Science Fiction anthology.

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View all 4 comments. After Karl’s death on the cross, the body is stolen by a doctor who believed the body had magical properties, leading to rumours that he did not die. Still, I think it’s a very interesting way of looking at moodcock story, even if I don’t like the way it portrays Christianity.

In the novel, Moorcock weaves an existentialist tale about Karl Glogauera man who travels from the year in a time machine to 28 AD, mochael he hopes to meet the historical Jesus of Nazareth. Nov 14, Stephen rated it liked it Shelves: Want to Read saving…. What has he done now? Moorcock’s Behold the Man is entirely different to his Elric books, or Glorianaor anything else of his I’ve come across so far.

In the end, determined to live the story of Jesus to its behole bitter end, he orders a puzzled Judas to betray him to the Romans, and dies on the cross. Michadl are commenting using your Facebook account. One of Karl Glogauer’s adventure in the Middle East nearly two thousand years ago, and the other is Glogauer’s life from when his parents tue when he was five. I shudder to contemplate it. Day one at Tucson Fe… on Review: Same ISBN but 2 different covers. Behold the Man is a science fiction novel by British writer Michael Moorcock.

Let the reader do the work. Every stereotypical anti-Christian trope is present. 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 maan I read.


Kaja’s Blog Just another WordPress. This page was last morcock on 12 Decemberat It is about identity and finding meaning in This was a re-read of one of my favorite science fiction novels. Upon arriving in Palestine, A.

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Nebula Award for Best Novella — By interpolating numerous memories and 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. I’m sure this was all very shocking back in Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Moorcock explores the nature of our need, desire and construction of religion, guilt and ultimately faith as a human invention so that we may have humanity.

His next book, a history of love songs, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. We learn that Karl has chronic problems with women, homosexual tendencies, an interest in the ideas of Jungand many neurosesincluding a messiah complex. But give Moorcock credit for chutzpah.

Again, my kind of sci-fi, big concepts both of darkness and of light, complex resonance that hangs around your mind long after you set it down and a yarn good enough for both chuckles, tears and striking the “Thinking Man” pose after reading. It is a classic. 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.

Feb 05, Mike rated it it was amazing.