Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully

Author(s): Allen Kurzweil

Biography/Memoir

The true account of one man's lifelong search for his boarding-school bullyEqual parts childhood memoir and literary thriller, Whipping Boy chronicles Allen Kurzweil's search for his twelve-year-old nemesis, a bully named Cesar Augustus. The obsessive inquiry, which spans some forty years, takes Kurzweil all over the world, from a Swiss boarding school (where he endures horrifying cruelty) to the slums of Manila, from the Park Avenue boardroom of the world's largest law firm to a federal prison camp in Southern California. While tracking down his tormentor, the author encounters an improbable cast of characters that includes an elocution teacher with ill-fitting dentures, a gang of faux-royal swindlers, a crime investigator with "paper in his blood," and a monocled grand master of the Knights of Malta. Yet for all its global exoticism and comic exuberance, Kurzweil's riveting account is, at its core, a heartfelt and suspenseful narrative about the "parallel lives" of a victim and his abuser.A scrupulously researched and richly illustrated work of nonfiction that renders a childhood menace into an unlikely muse, Whipping Boy is much more than a tale of karmic retribution; it is a poignant meditation on loss, memory, and mourning, a surreal odyssey born out of suffering, nourished by rancor, tempered by wit, and resolved, unexpectedly, in a breathtaking act of personal courage.

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"Pleasure-packed...makes the wily con artists in American Hustle look stuffy by comparison."--Details

General Fields

  • : 9780062269485
  • : HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • : HarperCollins
  • : May 2015
  • : 241mm X 152mm X 25mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Allen Kurzweil
  • : Hardback
  • : 813.6
  • : 304
  • : illustrations