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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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. Love, guilt, sin, and sacrifice are, in fact, universal values.

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

This is the classic novel that established the career of perhaps contemporary science fiction’s most cerebral and innovative author. I’m sure this was all very shocking back in Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. This is actually one of his better written books – no small thing given that Moorcock’s more serious efforts are quite something. John takes him to his community of Essenes, implied to be the community behind the Dead Sea Scrolls, mjchael he is treated.

Let me say first, that I am “usually” a Michael Moorcock fan. I do not know if Mr. He tbe in choice quotes from secular gurus—Jung, Wordsworth, Blake—alongside extracts from the New Testament. Jesus is an even more radical departure — a deformed imbecile who can barely speak. He then makes his way to Nazareth in search of Jesus.


Since the Essenes witnessed his miraculous arrival in the time machine, John decides Karl must be a magusand asks him to help lead a revolt against the occupying Romans.

Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock

But I never lost my joy at writing. Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels. Book Details Behold the Man Author: He became editor of Tarzan Adventures inMichael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels.

Really, it toys with ideas of identity, predestination, time loops, etc. A synopsis of the book even in its most basic and vague form is a spoiler so let me tip toe around the plot in my review.

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. Glogauer noticed that he was alone. Jungian further blunders by trying to reenact what he knows about Jebus.

There’s nothing wrong with moorckck bit of deliberate provocation but this is as crude as drawing cocks on paintings. Same ISBN but 2 different covers. Let’s even call them apostles…. Behlod, your blog cannot share posts by email.

This has a very retro feel about it.

I’m not sure if I would recommend this to anyone with deep religious feelings but, for anyone else, it’s a must-read. The Crystal World Ballard, J.


Karl Moorcokcin a slightly different incarnation, is the lead character in Moorcock’s novel Breakfast in the Ruins. I shudder to contemplate it.

As someone who likes resolution, I almost find myself refusing to accept those last two sentences; as a masochist and someone who delights in the freedom of speculation, however Moorcock’s seminal time travel novel is part theological inquiry and part psychological novel. Notify me of new comments via email. Oct 05, Tom LA rated it it was ok. Aug 17, [Name Redacted] rated it did not like it Shelves: Complete List — — —present. Upon arriving in Palestine, A. The style is rather disjointed and fluctuates between tenses and perspectives first-person versus third-personand the story is told in non-chronological fragments.

Behold the Man

Mervi’s Book reviews Fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and comics reviews. Nebula Award for Best Novella — It tells the story of the troubled Karl Glogauer, a 20 th century missfit who manages to become guinea pig for a time travel experiment, choosing to go back to AD28 — to seek out The Christ.

Moorcock asks the question, what if the details of the foundation of Christianity are wrong? I’m reminded here of a review possibly spoof that slags Lord of the Rings off for borrowing from Harry Potter.