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  1. says:

    Oh, those New Wave SF novels written in the 60s and 70s experimental, boundary pushing and out and out weird We can think of such classics as The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick, The Crystal World by J.G Ballard, Camp Concentration by Thomas M Disch and Inverted World by Christopher Priest Michael Moorcock s 1969 Behold the Man is right up there, a 70 pager dripping with flaky, mind bending weirdness, published as part of the SF Masterworks series and for good reason However, please be forewarned Behold the Man comes with two flashing red warning lights The first similar to The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross Jesus was an hallucinogenic mushroom and The Passover Plot a regular human schemes to be taken for the messiah , Michael Moorcock s book could be judged by those of the Christian faith as either offensive and in bad taste or as down right blasphemy The second assuming a reader is familiar with story of Jesus, the novel s unfolding drama is telegraphed in the first pages Thus, for any reviewer, avoiding spoilers is next to impossible So, if you would like to read Behold the Man prior to reading my spoiler heavy review, go to the following website Moorcock, Michael Behold the Man GEOCITIES.ws For me, Behold the Man is a provocative, highly philosophical exploration of the many dimensions of myth, religion and history, all within the context of one of the craziest bits of time travel ever imagined Thank you, Michael Moorcock Count me in as a new fan We re in 1970 and the tale centers around a Londoner by the name of Karl Glogauer who isn t exactly a happy go lucky kind of guy Sure, he runs an occult bookshop he inherited from his parents and has a girlfriend, Monica, ten years his senior, but this sweetie who s a social worker with a background in psychology doesn t hesitate to point out his many shortcomings he s overly emotional, indecisive, quick to anger, but above all else, Karl is masochistic with a messiah complex and puts way too much stock in Jungian psychology And, to top it off, Karl is a Jew obsessed with Jesus and Christianity.Karl and Monica bicker incessantly Karl tells Monica he needs God He also maintains there s great truth in myth, as Jung well knew, and religion is an expression of myth But as a spokesperson for science and reason, Monica counters religion is born out of fear and without fear, religion will die Poor, poor, Karl He has to admit This age of reason has no place for me It will kill me in the end Famous last words, Karl, my boy Karl invites a Jungian discussion group to meet once a week in his occult bookshop At the end of one of these evening meetings, a key member, rich, eccentric Sir James Headington, informs Karl confidentially that he s invented a time machine Karl went down to Banbury the next day The same day he left 1970 and arrived in 28 A.D That s it, no further explanation or details provided the softest of the soft SF Karl finds himself southeast of Jerusalem, near the Dead Sea, among the Essenes, a mystical, acetic, peaceful Jewish sect Karl reckons his arrival in his egg shaped time machine must have struck the Essenes as truly extraordinary and miraculous but being a sect of hallucinating visionaries, they accepted it in stride Anyway, he s thankful the Essenes peeled off his spacesuit and have taken him in No long thereafter, John the Baptist is on the scene It bears mentioning, Michael Moorcock folds in passages from the Bible that undergird the various happenings in Karl s time travel Events move apace until John wants to present Karl as the messiah Karl agrees on the condition that John and the Essenes take him to where he landed at this point Karl is thinking in terms of his return voyage After all, he only wanted to travel back to this time and place to get a feel for what it would be like to live during the age of religion and among people of strong faith Alas, things take a decidedly different turn Most especially when Karl, half starved and wide eyed, to all appearances a half mad prophet, eventually journeys to Nazareth to meet the son of Joseph and Mary, to come face to face with Jesus.But then the shock The madman, the prophet, Karl Glogauer, the time traveler, the neurotic psychiatrist manque, the searcher for meaning, the masochist, the man with a death wish and the messiah complex, the anachronism, made his way into the synagogue gasping for breath He had seen the man he had sought He had seen Jesus, the son of Joseph and Mary He had seen a man he recognized without any doubt as a congenital imbecile At this point Karl knows he must make a critical decision After all, he would be bringing a myth to life, not changing history so much as infusing depth and substance into history And as Monica was always in the habit of telling him, he lived with unresolved obsessions and had an abnormal messiah complex As the saying goes, the rest is history.British author Michael Moorcock, born 1939 The time machine was a sphere full of milky fluid in which the traveler floated, enclosed in a rubber suit, breathing through a mask attached to a hose leading to the wall of the machine The sphere cracked as it landed and the fluid spilled into the dust and was soaked up Instinctively, Glogauer curled himself into a ball as the level of the liquid fell and he sank to the yielding plastic of the sphere s inner lining The instruments, cryptographic, unconventional, were still and silent The sphere shifted and rolled as the last of the liquid dripped from the great gash in its side Michael Moorcock, Behold the Man


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    I read this shortly before reading Moorcock s The 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 serious efforts are quite something.My 2 isn t the not quite as crap as 1 kind of 2 , it s taken off the Goodreads hymn sheet 2 OK but not good 3 The reason I didn t really enjoy this book isn t the prose or structure both strong , simply 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 but I didn t really care.Quite likely in 1969 the challenge offered to religious ideas was far radical, original, and shocking than in 2013 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 tension and felt dated, the latter hardly a crime for a book written in the 60s.With the exception of the time travel element this book is wholly without fantasy magical sci fi elements and appears to rest on considerable research into knowledge of the bible and the history of Christianity It may well still float the boat of the right reader Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes..


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    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.D 28 to witness the crucifixion of Jesus 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 tangently related to the Eternal champion saga Gloriana is one, Dancers at the End of Time is another, and Behold the Man is a third.Behold the Man tells two stories 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 split when he was five Moorcock guides us through the events in Glogauer s life that lead to him traveling back in time 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.


  4. says:

    You know those science fiction novels where they go back in time, and discover they ve become some well known historical character Like Dirk Gently s Holistic Detective Agency, where the hero finds out he s become the Person from Porlock This novel takes the idea pretty much to its logical conclusion not sure it s possible to trump becoming Jesus Christ It s well worth reading Science fiction writers are notorious for having great ideas and then blowing the execution the Trout Complex, as it were , but this time Moorcock gets it right I wonder if any brave director will try and film it some day


  5. says:

    Let me say first, that I am usually a Michael Moorcock fan So.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 Some of you will not be effected by this book, others will be positively thrilled with 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 what they are picking up in advance 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 19 5 where Pilate says Behold the Man as he presents Jesus to the crowd view spoiler The novel is about Karl Glogauer who finds a way to make a one way trip into the past to find out the truth about Jesus The story treats Mary and Joseph in a very negative way, Mary being almost a whore and Joseph treating the virgin conception aswell, he doesn t believe it Jesus is born a deformed 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 hide spoiler


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    review in english below Um conceito fabuloso que, s por si, quase valia as 5 estrelas e um desenvolvimento admir vel, que nos p e a cabe a a andar roda.A Nota do Autor, no final, interessant ssima e ao mesmo tempo perigosa para livr licos e livr licas como eu.Recomendad ssimo, excepto para crist os fan ticos ou n o tivesse o autor recebido amea as de morte quando esta hist ria foi publicada nos Estados Unidos 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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    Behold the Man 1969 originally appeared as a novella in a 1966 issue of New Worlds later, Moorcock produced an expanded version which is the one I read The title derives from the Gospel of John, Chapter 19, Verse 5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe And Pilate said to them Behold the Man Karl is a 20th century Londoner 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 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 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 It s low brow, crass pub banter and it leaves you with a black goo of negativity all over your clothes.Totally missed opportunity Do not read it.


  8. says:

    This felt like a childish attempt to do what Kazantzakis and Graves did far better I love many of Moorcock s books, but this one was hamfisted, pedantic and hopelessly adolescent in its approach to what could have been a very fascinating story It felt less like a real literary work and like a teenager s attempt to vent his spleen, the sort of thing you can imagine a youth scribbling furiously in his binder and then leaning back to admire with a smug, self satisfied smirk because he believes himself erroneously to be the next Nietzche.


  9. says:

    3.0 to 3.5 stars A short book, but filled with emotion and some extremely controversial subjects I thought Moorcock handled the main character well Good use of SF to explore issues of faith, religion and personal discovery.


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    This has a very retro feel about it It s the 60s, man, a time of beatnik philosophy People psychologically grappling with their own sanity as they explore ideas about what it means to be human This work won t be for everyone The protagonist, Karl, is an unsettled philosophical wanderer of the era He brings so much intensity and insecurity to his relationships that he inevitably ensures they devolve into crappy self destructive states Karl s world takes a dramatic turn though when he finds himself at the forefront of the birth of Christianity literally the time of the supposed saviour Yet Jesus is just a simpleton And now Karl can either to choose to fulfill a role as the saviour, or, alternatively take the story in another direction Will Karl play the role of saviour so that the Christian mythos remains influential throughout the ages You ll never see the final days of Jesus in the same way again Behold the Man is not for everyone s taste but I liked this novella from Moorcock Controversial and ground breaking at the time, it is still regarded as a cult classic by many.


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Behold the Man summary pdf Behold the Man , summary chapter 2 Behold the Man , sparknotes Behold the Man , Behold the Man 2440579 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 Idea Of The Messiah After The Collapse Of His 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 ReturnUpon Arriving In Palestine, AD , Glogauer Finds That Jesus Christ Is Not The Man That History And Faith Would Like To Believe, But That There Is An Opportunity For Someone To Change The Course Of History By Making The Ultimate SacrificeFirst Published In , Behold The Man Broke Through Science Fiction S Genre Boundaries To Create A Poignant Reflection On Faith, Disillusion And Self Sacrifice This Is The Classic Novel That Established The Career Of Perhaps Contemporary Science Fiction S Most Cerebral And Innovative Author

  • Paperback
  • 144 pages
  • Behold the Man
  • Michael Moorcock
  • English
  • 15 January 2017
  • 9781585677641

About the Author: Michael Moorcock

Michael John Moorcock is an English writer primarily of science fiction and fantasy who has also published a number of literary novels Moorcock has mentioned The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Apple Cart by George Bernard Shaw and The Constable of St Nicholas by Edward Lester Arnold as the first three books which captured his imagination He became editor of Tarzan Adventures in 1956,