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Whipping Boy - The Forty-year Search for a Twelve-year-old Bully-logo

Whipping Boy - The Forty-year Search for a Twelve-year-old Bully

Allen Kurzweil

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.

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.
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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.

Language:

English

Length:

8h 49m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

01:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:20


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:06


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:12


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:07


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:11


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:24


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:05


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:38


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:15


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:00


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

00:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:48


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:39


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:37


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:38


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:55


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

00:56


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

02:10


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:15


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:26


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:44


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:45


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

21:34


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

17:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

02:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:02


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

07:26


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:54


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

00:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:00


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

12:54


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

10:26


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

00:46


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

02:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

02:57


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:05


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:35


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:42


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:52


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

09:40


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

00:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:14


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:53


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:30


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:02


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:36


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:34


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

10:24


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:44


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

11:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:44


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

10:44


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

00:30


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:32


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:49


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

02:29


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:18


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

12:27


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

11:33


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:58


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

01:11


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:54


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

12:19


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:22


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

11:45


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:04


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:10


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:17


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:42


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:47


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:44


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

00:57