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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm) (June 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380006375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380006373
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 463 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,709,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hughes on Dec 4 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Imagine being a time-traveller who goes back in time to meet Jesus of Nazareth. How would you react? For Karl Glogauer, this is just what happens. But it turns out things aren't what Karl expected. The simple carpenter's son is exactly that - simple. A grinning, salivating imbecile, who can only say his own name with a moronic giggle.
This is one of the funniest books about time travel I have read. It's about disillusionment, finding yourself, trying to work out who you are, and making amends. Karl Glogauer is a man full of social failings. A victim who is mixed up, confused and uncertain. The problem is he hates himself, and can't accept the good things other people see in him.
Before I had heard of this book I had my own theory that Jesus might have been a time traveller from the future, say the 28th century. He would have had all sorts of advanced technology to make it look like he was performing miracles, such as a pair of hover boots to make it look like he was walking on water. Or genetically modifying five loaves and two fishes to feed thousands. His claim to be the son of God would have been the ultimate hoax.
The time traveller in "Behold the Man" is from the 20th century and takes on the role of Jesus rather reluctantly. He utters prophecies that are uncannily accurate (he's read it all in a book), and he "heals" those whose afflictions are purely psychosomatic. All the quotations in the bible are based on Karl's actions. The things Karl does will be interpreted down the centuries, affecting the lives of millions.
This is a wonderfully iconoclastic work, full of mocking wit. I finished reading it the same day I bought it, it's not a very long book. It really makes you think about destiny and what we're all about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26 1998
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It has been called many things, but most often it is called BLASPHEMOUS and HERETICAL. I say "Yes, but only incidentally." On the surface BEHOLD THE MAN is another time-travel story. Beneath that surface this book is a coral reef of ideas and issues pertaining to that elusive creature, MAN. MAN's need for history to determine his purpose and the ablility to tailor history to his own needs. MAN's need to Love and to be Loved. MAN's scientific advances vs. MAN's religious foundations. As grand in scope as these concepts are, they are only the beginning. This is one of the greatest books of all time and a must read for any serious student of human nature.
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The blurb on the back cover of the Carrol & Graf edition is off the mark: BEHOLD THE MAN is hardly "an hilarious fantasy-adventure", nor is it a "highly entertaining satire on modern man's tendancy to over-indulge in self enquiry". Forget all that hyphenated nonsense, because the book is made of much headier stuff. What Michael Moorcock wrote is allegory, and as such he lets loose some potent imagery. The contrast between the Gospels and what the time-traveler discovers may disturb some readers. But BEHOLD THE MAN is a PILGRIM'S PROGRESS for our neurotic age, and the redemption that awaits the self-pitying Karl Glogauer is as moving as any more conventional conversion. The final paragraph beautifully sums up the unsolvable conflict between science and religious faith. Incidentally, the means Glogauer employs to fly back through time is briefly described, but the explanation is surprisingly convincing.
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By A Customer on Nov. 7 1997
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Moorcock pulls no punches in this story about time travel back to the time of christ. If you're a very religious christian AND close minded (NOT that I'm saying the terms go together...) you may be offended, but if you're knowledgable about biblical times you may enjoy the story even more. As with some of the best books I've read, this book opened up new worlds of ideas to explore. I enjoyed it and was educated by it at the same time.
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Althought I must confess it stroke me at first as
being a unrespectful and derivative book, further
analysis and complete reading has changed my
opinion totally.
There is an underlying spiritual message in it, how our actions CAN become greater than our expectations, if we are willing to believe things can be better.
Glogauer is everyman, troubled by inner demons and yet, capable of the ultimate heroism.
Moorcock is a writer of the Man and his willingness to see beyond what is written in Destiny's Book, he is inspired and inspiring.
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By A Customer on April 28 1997
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As a Jew of limited practice with a sister who converted to evangelical Christianity, I first read this book (short story, really) as a bootleg Xerox in an attempt to understand her rationale. What I came away with - and this has lasted me close to 20 years now - is a much more refined ability to discern reality from fiction. Moorcock's Behold the Man is a constant reminder that things are not always what they seem, and that motivation is everything. I recommend this unequivocally as one of the best heretical anthems of all time
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