Whipping Boy

Whipping Boy

The Forty-year Search for a Twelve-year-old Bully
Written by Allen Kurzweil
Narrated by Allen Kurzweil
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Whipping Boy

The Forty-year Search for a Twelve-year-old Bully
Written by Allen Kurzweil | Narrated by Allen Kurzweil
Allen Kurzweil narrates his Edgar Award–winning memoir — a chronicle of his quest to track down a childhood bully who grew up to be an accomplished con man. “Entertaining, sharply reported… A crime saga that’s ripe with hilarious humbuggery” (Publishers Weekly).


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

Equal 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.

Categories: Nonfiction
Release Date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Run time: 08:49:28
Unabridged Audiobook

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