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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 sserious efforts are quite something.My 2 isn t the not quite as crap as 1 kind of 2 , it s taken off the Goo 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 sserious 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 farradical, original, and shocking than in 2020 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 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 tang 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 The Question of a Personal EthicActing into a new way of thinking is alwayseffective than trying to think one s way into a new way of acting Perhaps this is the secret Jesus wanted to convey If so, it s to be expected that he ended up where he did, on a gibbet His actions created a new mode of thought Unfortunately his followers went back to thinking instead of acting This led, of course, to the same old rationalised actions Karl Glogauer is a devotee of Carl Jung He knows the drill The Question of a Personal EthicActing into a new way of thinking is alwayseffective than trying to think one s way into a new way of acting Perhaps this is the secret Jesus wanted to convey If so, it s to be expected that he ended up where he did, on a gibbet His actions created a new mode of thought Unfortunately his followers went back to thinking instead of acting This led, of course, to the same old rationalised actions Karl Glogauer is a devotee of Carl Jung He knows the drill about actions creating reality Thinking creates well justthought So he inserts himself into a situation in which he must act differently By literally putting himself in a time capsule, he is transported to Roman Palestine In light of his miraculous appearance on thischariot from no wherehe is taken for the long awaited Messiah by the locals Glogauer does what he must he acts his way into the role He becomes the eternal Christ.This is the essential paradox of the life of Jesus It is based on a central idea that ideas are created by actions We are, oraccurately become, what we do and those we do it with That is to say, we are deeply superficial There is nothing real about us aside from the way we act with each other So Karl attracted crowds not for what he said but for how he actedIt was his sympathy that they responded to, rather than the words he spokeAnd this way of acting had a remarkable effectFor the first time in his life, Karl Glogauer had forgotten about Karl Glogauer Living this way is dangerous To bring a myth to life means being, at best, the object of scorn and, at worst, a threat to all those who use ideas, the devils within us, to oppress others Reality can be discovered only after overcoming all ideas about it Only then does it reveal itself in death And this, according to the original gospel of Mark the oldest, ending at 16 8 , is Jesus s triumph his raising up onto the cross of his glory, over and over again 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, a 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 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 This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 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 Whatever the intent of Mr Moorcock the book will be found offensive, painful, and even blasphemous by some If you are indifferent or anti Christian then the book may not bother you, or it may even please you If you are a Christian I wanted you to be aware of the content I originally reviewed this in 2010 but noticed I d included a big spoiler I disliked the book so much I was just telling why and told much of the story This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 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 a 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 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 andlike 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 believ 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 andlike 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 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. 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 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 Behold the Man


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, at the age of sixteen, and later moved on to edit Sexton Blake Library As editor of the controversial British science fiction magazine New Worlds, from May 1964 until March 1971 and then again from 1976 to 1996, Moorcock fostered the development of the science fiction New Wave in the UK and indirectly in the United States His serialization of Norman Spinrad s Bug Jack Barron was notorious for causing British MPs to condemn in Parliament the Arts Council s funding of the magazine.During this time, he occasionally wrote under the pseudonym of James Colvin, a house pseudonym used by other critics on New Worlds A spoof obituary of Colvin appeared in New Worlds 197 January 1970 , written by William Barclay another Moorcock pseudonym Moorcock, indeed, makes much use of the initials JC , and not entirely coincidentally these are also the initials of Jesus Christ, the subject of his 1967 Nebula award winning novella Behold the Man, which tells the story of Karl Glogauer, a time traveller who takes on the role of Christ They are also the initials of various Eternal Champion Moorcock characters such as Jerry Cornelius, Jerry Cornell and Jherek Carnelian Inrecent years, Moorcock has taken to using Warwick Colvin, Jr as yet another pseudonym, particularly in his Second Ether fiction.


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