The Ugly by Alexander BoldizarThe Ugly by Alexander Boldizar

The Ugly

byAlexander Boldizar

Paperback | September 7, 2016

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Muzhduk the Ugli the Fourth is a 300-pound boulder-throwing mountain man from Siberia whose tribal homeland is stolen by an American lawyer out to build a butterfly conservatory for wealthy tourists. In order to restore his people’s land and honor, Muzhduk must travel to Harvard Law School to learn how to throw words instead of boulders. His anarchic adventures span continents, from Siberia to Cambridge to Africa, as he fights fellow students, Tuareg rebels, professors of law, dark magic, bureaucrats, heatstroke, postmodernists, and eventually time and space. A wild existential comedic romp, The Ugly tells the tale of a flawed and unlikely hero struggling against the machine that shapes the people who govern our world.

Alexander Boldizar was the first post-independence Slovak citizen to graduate with a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. Since then, he has been an art gallery director in Bali, an attorney in San Francisco and Prague, a pseudo-geisha in Japan, a hermit in Tennessee, a paleontologist in the Sahara, a porter in the High Arctic,...
Title:The UglyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.83 inPublished:September 7, 2016Publisher:Brooklyn Arts Press LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1936767473

ISBN - 13:9781936767472

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smart Parable The Ugly has to be taken for what it is - a parable. Muzhduk was a great protagonist with interesting adventures. There were other good characters, as well - some you were meant to like and some not. I enjoyed the two simultaneous story lines, especially since the Harvard part would get bogged down at times (overwritten a bit), but Africa kept a good pace with lots of action. I would recommend this to readers who don't need to take every word literally and those who have interest in law.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Also the ultimate read this winter This is one hilarious novel. It's his first and I hope not his last
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Ultimate Read This Autumn!! This book has been in my up and coming list for far too long. Finally Alexander Boldizar releases his brilliance upon the world!!
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! I read an advance reader’s copy, and the first thing I noticed is that nearly all of the blurbs from other authors talk about how funny this book is. They are right. The Ugly is very funny, in the sort of dry dark humor way that ends up leaving the world slightly tilted by the time you’re finished. If Kafka, Joseph Heller and Monty Python all threw boulders at each other in a One-L Harvard Law classroom (or Siberia, the Sahara desert, Everest, or any of the other places the wild plot goes), you’d get something resembling The Ugly. It’s a bit chaotic and sometimes there’s so much going on that it’s hard to describe in a review, but somehow it all works. It’s smart, funny and a wild roller coaster of a story. And if you’re even considering going to law school, read this book.
Date published: 2016-08-20

Editorial Reviews

"A picaresque novel about mountain people, Harvard lawyers, the heft of rocks, and the power of words. The Ugly brims with intelligence and humor."-Laila Lalami, author of The Moor's Account, Pulitzer Prize finalist "In his restrained and stark prose, Boldizar mixes a kind of fabulism with the absurd. The Ugly combines history and hilarity, and offers a sardonic view of the law and legal system. This is a strange and bold novel, original in its scope, story, and point of view. A wild fictional ride that will leave you wanting more."-Nina Swamidoss McConigley, author of Cowboys and East Indians, winner of the PEN Open Book Award "Boldizar has opened a door into the parallel universe of myth. Out of it has stepped a modern day Beowulf."-Alan Stone, author of Movies and the Moral Adventure of Life, former president of the American Psychiatric Association