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Behold the Man

(Karl Glogauer)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  5,568 ratings  ·  312 reviews
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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. 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 me
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 28th 1978 by Avon Books (first published 1969)
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Mark Lawrence
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 more serious efforts are quite something.

My 2* isn't the 'not quite as crap as 1*' kind of 2*, it's taken off the Goo
Mike (the Paladin)
Jan 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Dan Schwent
Oct 03, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: moorcock
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
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tom LA
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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(review in english below)

Um conceito fabuloso - que, só por si, quase valia as 5 estrelas - e um desenvolvimento admirável, que nos põe a cabeça a andar à roda.

A Nota do Autor, no final, é interessantíssima e ao mesmo tempo perigosa para livrólicos e livrólicas como eu.

Recomendadíssimo, excepto para cristãos fanáticos - ou não tivesse o autor recebido ameaças de morte quando esta história foi publicada nos Estados Unidos...

A fabulous concept - almost worth the 5 star rating on its own - which is
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.
[Name Redacted]
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 more 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 believ ...more
A. Dawes
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hande Çakır
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İşte insan; insanlığın alışılagelmiş inançlarını ve zayıflıklarını hristiyanlık dini üzerinden ve zamanda yolculuk metaforuyla açıklama çabasıyla yazılmış bir bilimkurgu romanı. Baş karakterimiz olan Karl duygusal, hassas ve hayatı boyunca bu özelliklerinin acısını çekmiş, etrafı tarafından ezilmiş ve tatminsiz bir karakterdir. Cevap bulmayı istediği sorularla çeşitli mistiklerden, bilim insanlarından ve psikanalistlerden oluşan bir arkadaş grubuna katılır ve burada tanıştığı biri sayesinde zama ...more
Kate Sherrod
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Jungian meets girl. Jungian loses religious/philosophical argument with girl. Jungian jumps into Time Machine to prove girl wrong about Jebus. Jungian blunders into being accepted as Jebus by denizens of the time to which he has traveled. Jungian further blunders by trying to reenact what he knows about Jebus. You know, to preserve history and biblical truth. Jungian gets crucified. Jungian never sees girl again.

I'm sure this was all very shocking back in
Ivan Lutz
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ovakva ateistička priča mogla je proći u USA jedino šezdesetih. Vrlo hrabro zadiranje i "povijest" kršćanstva sa suludim krajem koji negira temelj kršćanske religije, a prikaz Isusa, ovog pravog Isusa je genijalan...
M. Özgür
Bir başka “a tale of Christ”.
3.3 stars.

Herkese iyi okumalar.
Josephine (Jo)
I do not know if Mr. Moorcock is of the Jewish faith but I would assume so as he tries to completely destroy the whole story of the life of Jesus and his teaching. I am a Christian but I am very tolerant of other people’s beliefs and would never try to mock or disrespect what they believe ‘if you can’t say something nice then say nothing’.

The book was written in 1969 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
Moorcock's Behold the Man is entirely different to his Elric books, or Gloriana, or anything else of his I've come across so far. 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. Worse, the figure who becomes Jesus is not altruistic, but self-absorbed and narcissistic.

Still, I think it's a very interesting way of looking at the story, even if I don't like the way it portrays Christi
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a re-read of one of my favorite science fiction novels. It's been a while so I forgot a lot. This re-read did not disappoint me. Moorcock's seminal time travel novel is part theological inquiry and part psychological novel. The plot is about a man who goes back in time to discover the real Jesus. However our "hero" is not altogether together and has a bit of a Messiah complex himself. Where this leads is part of the genius of Moorcock's tale. It is about identity and finding meaning in ...more
Ben Loory
Mar 25, 2015 rated it liked it
kind of brilliant, even though it's obviously (and actually) a much-pumped-up short story (which also feels like it was written in about two or three weeks (probably so moorcock could pay for a shitload more books to read on a ton of various esoteric subjects)). never less than fun and often actually truly shocking, which i always find amazing-- almost never happens. it also has a chapter which begins "The madman came stumbling into the town" which is such a great line i am now going to steal it ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short novel is the best theological science fiction ever written.Also,it is Moorcock's finest work.One page of this masterpiece is worth more than entire LEFT BEHIND atrocity.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Yalnız olmak için her daim bir sebep vardır."
Erik Graff
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I don't generally like Moorcock, particularly his fantasy novels, but this novella is an excellent story on at least two levels. First, it draws on the image of the Christ, both as portrayed in the gospels and as interpreted by scholarship. Here, Moorcock has done credible homework. Second, it is a fair psychological study, not only of the ostensible protagonist, a tortured modern, but also on who he becomes, namely, Jesus, the Anointed. As such, the novel is virtually an extended gloss on Jesus ...more
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this novella years ago, in a used paperback copy of a Year's Best Science Fiction anthology. A coworker/friend recently read this novella.

The protagonist, Karl Glogauer, is from our current time. Presented with the opportunity to go back in time, he decides to go to the time of Jesus. In this story, Jesus and Mary are drastically unlike what is presented in Bible. Karl Glogauer takes up the role of Jesus in the Gospels.

I've read the negative reviews of the book. Yes, Christians, and come
Nikola Pavlovic
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ima spojlera!!!!! Pa da pocnem: Iz mog ugla ova knjiga udara hriscane tamo gde boli, i huli njihovu veru sto se meni izvanredno dopada. Isus je balavi maloumnik a njegovo mesto zauzima covek iz buducnosti koji ne zeli da dozvoli da mit o Isusu propadne, odnosno da se cin raspeca nikada ne dogodi i to sve zbog nekih njegovih ubedjenja proisteklih iz citanja Junga i iz nerazumevanje i klinca sa jednom zenom koja veoma zdravorazumski razmislja. Jedino je Jovan krstitelj (rec krstitelj u sebi ima to ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Možda ovo nije priča za punih 5 zvjezdica, ali meni je trenutno dobro sjela: jedna varijanta priče o Isusu kao povijesnoj osobi, začinjena putovanjem kroz vrijeme i raspravom koju vode glavni lik i njegova cura na temu religija vs znanost.
Čitao sam prijevod iz Nebula 1.
One of Moorcock's earlier works, I picked this novel up primarily because of its brevity (I was looking for a quick read) and, almost just as importantly, its intriguing premise.

Behold the Man is all about Karl Glogauer's life-long search for God and Christ, and his sense of disconnection from the rest of the world. The style is rather disjointed and fluctuates between tenses and perspectives (first-person versus third-person), and the story is told in non-chronological fragments. This is actual
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I have previously read one book by Michael Moorcock, that being The Warlord of the Air, a book I enjoyed very much (as I recall). It will be a reread someday son. There was a lot to like about Behold the Man. The premise, a man, Karl travels back in time to try and meet Jesus. Karl is lost, has spent his life trying to find out something, who he is, what he believes, and it this dissatisfaction that leads him to take this journey.

The time travel machine breaks, leaving him trapped at the beginni
Ethan Miller
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic! What a gem of a little novel this is. 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. It is a classic. Moorcock explores the nature of our need, desire and construction of religion, guilt and ultimately faith as a human invention so that we may have humanity. At the same time he does this while skating wildly on the edge of great blasphemy, black humor, everyday dark psychology in a compact blend of parable and ...more
Stephen Curran
"'Why do I destroy everything I love?'
'Oh, God! Don't give me that maudlin teenage stuff, Karl, please!'"

Well, quite.

There's nothing wrong with a bit of deliberate provocation but this is as crude as drawing cocks on paintings. 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
Ali Berk Çetinbudaklar

GR'ye göre 200.kitabım yihuuuuuuu ve bu yıl okuduğum ilk özgün kitap heralde.

Bunu da çoğulukla Moorcock'ın (en azından o zamanlar için) cesur bir konuyu seçmesinden kaynaklandığını düşünüyorum. Phoenix yayınevi çevirisi de çok güzel, üstüne düştükleri belli oluyor; ayrıca beni geç de olsa Can ABANAZIR ile tanıştırdıkları için kendilerine teşekkürü borç bilirim. Ek olarak yazarın gerek Türkiye baskısı için yazdığı önsöz gerekse de kitapta normalde bulunan sonsözüyle ve daha nice bilgilendirm
Hamid Babayev
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bir müddətdir ki, oxumaqdan uzaq düşmüş biri üçün əsl dərman oldu. Bir dəfə, bir dəfə və daha bir dəfə oxunması zövq verəcək əla kitab idi. Moorcock bu il üçün könlümdə ilk 5liyə girən yazarlardan oldu.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Öncelikle, kitabın dahiyane olduğunu düşünüyorum işleniş bakımından. Ben çok dindar bir insan olmasam da, Allah'a inanırım ve bu sebepten bu yaklaşım benim inanmadığım, bana ters düşen bir yaklaşım oldu. Lakin yazarın böyle bir şeyi yazması, bu şekilde ele alması çok iyiydi.

"Tuzağa düştüm. Batıyorum. Kendim olamıyorum. Diğer insanların beklentileri tarafından şekillendirildim. Herkesin kaderi mi bu?"

Kendini bulma çabasını gerçekleştirmek için zamanda yolculuk yaparak Hz. Isa'yı bulmaya giden Ka
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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,

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