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

Herkesin kaderi mi bu? Jesus is an even more radical departure — a deformed imbecile who can barely speak. Karl Glogauer is a bookshop owner who feels the weight of existence. Controversial stuff that surely would spark protests if it were released nowadays.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gradually, it becomes known that his name is Jesus of Nazareth. I will admit though that many Christians might take exception to the idea of the role he plays in the novel.

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It is a personal piece that the reader must experience themselves to make sense of, and, if desired, reflect upon. 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.

His next book, a history michqel love songs, is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. The resulting story is an exploration of the very foundings of Christianity, how the beginnings of one of the worlds largest religions is largely build on very thin details of Christs life.

Only, nothing is quite the way he remembers it from the Bible. Jesus is born a deformed and mentally challenged individual who can barely express himself, repeating his name over and over. I read it in about an hour.


Apr 19, A. This ain’t just theology, but a time travel story. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Joorcock account. And boy, are there “obscene graffiti” in this book!

That’s what I got out of the story. As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May until March and then again from toMoorcock fostered the development of the science fiction “New Wave” in the UK and indirectly in the United States.

No others were being crucified that day. All in all, I did enjoy this story, a quick, entertaining, different read.

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. Each approach the holy book neither to uplift or destroy kichael, rather to use it as a tool—a spade in fact—to dig at matters that lie beneath its surface. I do not know if Mr. Moorcock’s seminal time travel novel is part theological inquiry and part psychological novel.

To view it, click here. The Saliva Tree by Brian W. Not only does he turn his protagonist Karl Glogauer into Jesus Christ, but he draws on his own personal history in crafting Glogauer.

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But this tale is also more plot-driven mn many of the New Wave classics. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. 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. It is quite incredible to believe that such a huge religion could be based on sketchy facts re-written over yhe centuries.

Dostoevsky anticipated this concept exactly a century before Moorcock, in his book The Idiot. 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.


Glogauer is not a religious person, instead he struggles to find existential meaning in Jung and balance that with the diverse faiths he was exposed to as a child. A short book, but filled with emotion and some extremely controversial subjects. As such, the novel is virtually an extended gloss on Jesus I don’t generally like Moorcock, particularly his fantasy novels, but this novella is an excellent story on at least two levels. Retrieved from ” https: Two Dudes in an Attic Speculative fiction reviews and commentary.

Want to Read saving…. Certain people might find it offensive because it undermines the sanctity of Jesus Christ, and tangles that story up in a lot of sexual and mental health hangups. Newer Post Older Post Home. Glogauer is the lucky man who gets to travel to Micahel on a donkey, as his followers throw down palm branches in his path.

Let me say first, that I am “usually” a Michael Moorcock fan. Mihcael style is rather disjointed and fluctuates between tenses and perspectives first-person versus third-personand the story is told in non-chronological fragments. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

In the end, Behold the Man is a quality novella that looks at the Christ story and its universal relationship to the mn and the psyche. Karl GlogauerJesus. Behold the Man is a brave, clever book that pulls no punches and is told in a simple, uncompromising style.