|By (author):||Kurzweil, Allen|
|Subject:||BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General|
|BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs|
|FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Bullying|
|TRUE CRIME / White Collar Crime|
|Size:||8.00in x 5.31in x 0.72in|
|From The Publisher*|
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.
|Review Quote*||"Kurzweil does the delightfully unexpected: He morphs his story from a poignant memoir into a true-crime thriller."|
|Review Quote*||"Whipping Boy is like nothing I've ever read, an investigative memoir that's honest, funny, sad, and edge-of-the-chair suspenseful. I loved it."|
|Review Quote*||"Whipping Boy reads like a European version of American Hustle…Full of intrigue and suspense, the story follows the bizarre twists and turns of one man's journey to find and confront his childhood tormentor-ready-made for a film treatment."|
|Review Quote*||"Whipping Boy is much more than the search for a bully. Kurzweil takes readers on a suspenseful and thrilling ride."|
|Review Quote*||"Pleasure-packed…makes the wily con artists in American Hustle look stuffy by comparison."|
|Review Quote*||"A fascinating, multi-pronged morality tale about victimhood, skewed perception and the liberation of facing your demons."|
|Review Quote*||"A captivating hybrid of investigative journalism and memoir…Kurzweil is not simply settling a private score; he's standing up for anyone who has ever been bullied."|
|Review Quote*||"A memoir that reads like a thriller as the author circles the globe to find the man who made his boarding school days a living hell."|
|Review Quote*||"Kurzweil crafts an entertaining, sharply reported picaresque centering on the colorful leaders of the scam, who bamboozled their marks by posing as monocled European aristocrats and produced a fake deed from the fictional King of Mombessa… A crime saga that's ripe with hilarious humbuggery."|