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Book 19

  1. Pohl, Frederik — Gateway (278 pages)
  2. Clement, Hal — Mission of Gravity (193 pages)
  3. Benford, Gregory — Timescape (499 pages)
  4. O'Hare, Mick (editor) — Why Don't Penguins Feet Freeze? and 114 Other Questions (232 pages)
  5. Dos Passos, John — Number One (218 pages)
  6. Heller, Joseph — Catch-22 (457 pages)
  7. St. John of the Cross — Dark Night of the Soul (119 pages)
  8. Day, Dorothy — The Long Loneliness (286 pages)
  9. Allen, Ted, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez — Queer Eye for the Straight Guy: The Fab 5's Guide to Looking Better, Cooking Better, Dressing Better, Behaving Better, and Living Better (250 pages)
  10. Whittemore, Carroll E., ed. (William Duncan, illus.) — Symbols of the Church (59 pages)
  11. Hardy, Thomas — Jude the Obscure (507 pages)
  12. Lee, Harper — To Kill a Mockingbird (278 pages)
  13. Mann, Thomas (Helen T. Lowe-Porter, transl.) — Death in Venice (73 pages)
  14. Kempis, Thomas à — The Imitation of Christ (165 pages)
  15. West, Canon Edward N. — Outward Signs: The Language of Christian Symbolism (232 pages)
  16. Alexander, Lloyd — The High King (253 pages)
  17. Bellairs, John — St. Fidgeta & Other Parodies (84 pages)
  18. Endo, Shusaku — Silence (300 pages)
  19. Moorcock, Michael — Behold the Man (137 pages)

Page count: 4,620 of targeted 12,500.

Figured I'd stay on the subject of "Christ in literature" with Moorcock's Behold the Man. I must say, this is an even more bizarre take on the Christ story than Mikhail Bulgakov's in The Master and Margarita.

Behold the Man is essentially a time-travel story, except that instead of going forward the protagonist, Karl Glogauer, travels backwards to witness a historical event. His interest is in settling a debate with his ex-girlfriend about how much of legend is determined by historical fact and how much by conditions, philosophies, myths, et cetera, prevalent at the time. When Glogauer finds that perhaps his ex was spot on, he feels it necessary to add substance to the legend. Over time, the lines between his own and his assumed identities fade and he become unsure of his motivations.

This was a fun and intriguing read up to a point. Moorcock clearly researched his various subjects and wrote in an engaging fashion, but there are elements of his story which I find bothersome. (Those elements would be obvious to anyone who knows me and reads Behold the Man, so I won't elaborate.)

Comments

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kalliejenn2
Jun. 20th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
i LURVE michael moorcock - probably one of my fav. authors. i highly recommend the elric series!
kalliejenn2
Jun. 20th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
(can't speak to the one you read, though)
spwebdesign
Jun. 20th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Moorcock certainly gets enough acclaim, and I found his writing style mostly enjoyable. My only objection here was his treatment of some of the subject matter, which is quite scandalous and potentially offensive to someone who shares my beliefs. The problem is no doubt unique to this book, though. I'm sure I would enjoy the Elric series.
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