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Behold the Man
Behold the Man
Author: Michael Moorcock
Sitting at a kitchen table some time in 1966, a young writer developed an idea that would become one the most important and controversial tales of the literary "New Wave". The writer was Michael Moorcock and the story was Behold The Man. Karl Glogauer has never quite fit in. His girlfriend believes in nothing. Karl is obsessed with living psych...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780881843699
ISBN-10: 0881843695
Publication Date: 10/1987
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Publisher: Carroll Graf Publishers
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Quite the shocking little novel! I'm sure any believing Christian would find this book to be blasphemous - I mean it portrays Mary as a lascivious adulterer, Jesus as a drooling idiot, and the savior of man as a mentally unstable follower of Carl Jung from the future. I found this novella (winner of the Nebula award for best novella in 1967) to be very thought-provoking and I was quite impressed with the whole premise of the story. I would recommend this one to anyone who has an open mind about the origins of Christianity.
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I had no idea what this book was about beyond its reputation as a quasi-science fiction classic, and it's not that often that a story completely blows my mind but holy hell! Or Jesus Christ! as it were.

This book is not for everybody, not by a long shot. It's probably not even for most people. But as someone long fascinated by religions and their origins, mythology, alternative histories and anything about time travel, this book was well within my wheelhouse.

It's short, blasphemous, sexually shocking, neurotic, at times unlikable and entirely unique.

The only other novel I can think of that has Christianity so encoded in its DNA is Walter W. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz, so if you've read that you might want to try this. And if you end up like both novels and haven't go rent Jesus Christ Superstar, another great take on the Christ story.

Behold the Man gets 5 stars from this Agnostic but your milage my vary. A lot.
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A truely hillarious fantasy by Micheal Moorcock

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