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Publisher's Summary

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 12-year-old nemesis, a bully named Cesar Augustus. The obsessive inquiry, which spans some 40 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.
©2015 Allen Kurzweil (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 01-28-15

Tedious

Not at all what I was expecting.

The ending was a let down.

The book title should have been "looking for myself a boring journey", I would have then saved myself the cost of the book.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Blake Maniquis on 01-25-15

Pretty good book. Narrator kind of annoying.

Narrator laughs too much, as though he's trying to ingratiate himself. I would have preferred if he just stuck to the text.

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