Whipping Boy: The Forty-year Search For My Twelve-year-old Bully by Allen KurzweilWhipping Boy: The Forty-year Search For My Twelve-year-old Bully by Allen Kurzweil

Whipping Boy: The Forty-year Search For My Twelve-year-old Bully

byAllen Kurzweil

Paperback | January 19, 2016

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Winner of the Edgar® Award 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.

Title:Whipping Boy: The Forty-year Search For My Twelve-year-old BullyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:January 19, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062269496

ISBN - 13:9780062269492


Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bully story extraordinaire. A bully story extraordinaire! Everyone has a bully story in their closet; maybe they were bullied, or they bullied someone else or perhaps their kid was bullied. We can all relate to being bullied, but Allen Kurzweil's experience during his grade six year at a Swiss boarding school, is heartbreaking. I was so horrified by Kurzweil's story that I simply had to finish it to see how his search ended. That was no easy task at times because of the incredible detailed (well researched) account of a fraud scam that his bully (as an adult) was involved with. This shouldn't be a deterrent to read this book though, I'm just not that into financial details. Kurzweil writes with deep honesty and in the end we learn, that recovering from a traumatic experience often takes a lifetime.
Date published: 2015-11-22

Editorial Reviews

“I enjoyed Whipping Boy on so many levels. It’s wonderfully conceived and wonderfully executed.”