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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Worse, the figure who becomes Jesus is not altruistic, but self-absorbed and narcissistic.

Using a pulley, they began to haul the cross into a vertical position. It is a classic. Retrieved from ” https: Behold the Man Dust-jacket from the first edition. His search for Christ completely consumes him, and lo and behold, the man suddenly finds himself stranded in a strange land with the messiah nowhere to be found. Day one hte Tucson Fe… on Review: This was a re-read of one of my favorite science fiction novels.

Or as the screenwriters of Back to the Future so aptly put it: The book was written in but I found the part about the time travel machine so farfetched and it seemed as though it was was simply added as a means to get the character Karl into 28AD.

Notify me of new posts via email. I do not know if Mr. Granted, that’s the worst-case scenario. Having the time traveller in this story fuck an adulterous Mary while her disabled son Jesus looks on is the kind of thing that only a moody fourteen year old could mistake for depth, especially if the text is peppered with quotes from Milton and the Bible and anguished bedtime michal about Jung. It’s the 60s, man, a time of beatnik philosophy. Quotes from Behold the Moorcock. If you don’t mind Moorcock playing with basics of Christianity, then you might well find it interesting.

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. Herkesin kaderi mi bu? Moorcock’s seminal time travel novel is part theological inquiry and part psychological novel.


Karl Glogauerin a slightly different incarnation, is the lead character in Moorcock’s novel Breakfast in the Ruins. Karl, however, is so deeply committed to the idea of a real, historical Jesus that, at this point, he himself begins to step into the role, gathering followers, repeating what parables he can recall, and using psychological tricks to simulate miracles.

Aug 26, Ivan Lutz rated it really liked it. People psychologically grappling with their own sanity as they explore ideas about what it means to be human. Love, guilt, sin, and sacrifice are, in fact, universal values. While the big plot twist is fairly predictable, it’s power is undiminished. It still prompts some polarizing reactions on sites like Goodreads.

And Moorcock latches on to one of the most problematic elements of the meme, namely the possibility that traveling back in time changes the course of time.

Our author has shown a devotion to characters with the initials JC, from Jehamia Cohnahlias to Jeremiah Cornell —most notably his most famous hero Jerry Corneliussort of Nietzschean James Bond-type, apparently licensed both to kill and to embody nihilism in all its manifestations. Lists with This Book.

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. An intriguing and thought-provoking examination of faith, myth and Truth. Nova Dick, Philip K. The whole thing is very, very negative. What prevented me from giving this a 5 was the ending, which just kind of happened, as though the author didn’t quite know where to go. But it seems to me that some of these reviewers miss the point that this novella is making.

In the process, religious and non-religious doors are opened that shed greater light on theology, the self, and society. I read this shortly before reading Moorcock’s ‘The Shores of Death” sidenote: 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.


It’s an easy read, actually: It may well still float the boat of the right reader. Where this leads is part of the genius of Moorcock’s tale. It’s not all bad, though.

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 read. Masterworks and tagged Behold the ManblasphemyEternal ChampionMessiahmichael moorcockMichael SenftNebula Awardrelentless readingrelentlessreading.

Behold the Man

Behold the Man by Beholc Moorcock. That is a personal rating I give. Regardless of length, the concepts remain firmly in place due to the well-conceived structure and implementation of ideas within. Here’s another way of putting it: Each approach the holy book neither to uplift or destroy it, rather to use it as a tool—a spade in fact—to dig at matters that lie beneath its surface.

Behold the Man, a book by Michael Moorcock | Book review

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. There is also a question of what is truth within Behold the Man. 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.

Feb 23, Manny rated it really liked it.

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