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

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

by Allen Kurzweil

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

2016 Edgar Award Winner for Best Fact Crime

The true account of one boy’s lifelong search for his boarding-school bully.

Equal parts childhood memoir and literary thriller, Whipping Boy chronicles prize-winning author 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 hunting down his tormentor, Kurzweil 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  onocled 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 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.

Whipping Boy features two 8-page black-and-white photo inserts and  83 images throughout.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062269485
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/20/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Allen Kurzweil is the prize-winning author of two novels for adults—A Case of Curiosities and The Grand Complication—and two works of fiction for children—Leon and the Spitting Image and Leon and the Champion Chip. A recipient of numerous grants and awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim and Fulbright Foundations and the New York Public Library Center for Scholars and Writers, Kurzweil is currently a fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization at Brown University. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

Part I Switzerland 1

Part II "We Hope to Make Your Journey Unforgettable" 45

Part III "A Lie, A Contrivance, A Fiction" 69

Part IV Submission 101

Part V Window Dressing 135

Part VI "What Lies Within Us" 155

Part VII Scoundrel Time 179

Part VIII "Paper in his Blood" 199

Part IX On Your Mark 221

Part X Parallel Lies 249

Acknowledgments 285

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Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read until about half way through, then I began to lose interest. There was too much of the book about the bully's involvement in illegal money making schemes, and the lawsuit that followed. I found myself skipping pages just because it was boring to me. It got better toward the end again when he met up with the bully.