Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully

Winner of the Edgar® Award for top truth Crime

The precise account of 1 boy’s lifelong look for his boarding-school bully.

Equal elements formative years memoir and literary mystery, Whipping Boy chronicles prize-winning writer Allen Kurzweil’s look for his twelve-year-old nemesis, a bully named Cesar Augustus. The obsessive inquiry, which spans a few forty years, takes Kurzweil world wide, from a Swiss boarding university (where he endures frightening cruelty) to the slums of Manila, from the Park street boardroom of the world’s biggest legislation company to a federal criminal camp in Southern California.

While removing his tormentor, Kurzweil encounters an implausible forged of characters that incorporates an elocution instructor with ill-fitting dentures, a gang of fake royal swindlers, a criminal offense investigator “with paper in his blood,” and a  onocled grand grasp of the Knights of Malta. but for all its international exoticism and comedian exuberance, Kurzweil’s riveting account is, at its middle, a heartfelt and suspenseful narrative concerning the “parallel lives” of a sufferer and his abuser.

A scrupulously researched paintings of nonfiction that renders a youth menace into an not likely muse, Whipping Boy is far greater than a story of karmic retribution; it is a poignant meditation on loss, reminiscence, and mourning, a surreal odyssey born out of ache, nourished through rancor, tempered through wit, and resolved, abruptly, in a breathtaking act of non-public courage.

Whipping Boy positive aspects 8-page black-and-white picture inserts and  eighty three pictures throughout.

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It’s suggestion I plan to stick to. ” Cesar recognizes the praise with a grin. “Oh, and dinner’s on me,” I inform him. “I’m on task. ” “What task? ” “Don’t you take note? I’m writing an editorial, perhaps a e-book. approximately Aiglon. in regards to the boys of Belvedere and the boys they turned. ” “Oh, right,” Cesar says. “Brilliant. ” I pull out pen and paper because the waiter arrives with our beverages. “Do you gents want a couple of minutes of face time prior to we start construction your meal? ” “That’s now not necessary,” I inform the waiter. “Very strong. Then let’s start. this night, our chef starts his tasting with a soup path. as well as the lentil, now we have to be had yet now not printed”—the waiter interrupts himself to lean ahead and exhibit with the conspiratorial satisfaction of a black-marketeer—“the cauliflower soup, which we serve tableside, poured over a garnish of 2 uncooked almonds, a number of dehydrated capers, a bit of raisin puree, and a crispy fried person floret of natural broccolini. . . . ” After he completes his oration and we make our choices (anchovies, lamb shank, tuna and squab, and so forth. , and so forth. ), Cesar launches into an account of his contemporary journey to Spain. “Barcelona used to be incredible,” he says. “I wouldn’t brain residing there. ” “What might you do? ” “Same as what I’m doing now. ” He pinches the eagle on his blouse. “It’ll be my five-year perpetually residing anniversary in November. i am getting a gold ring with an onyx and a bit diamond within the center, and that’s beautiful cool. ” “So you’d stay in Barcelona and paintings within the Bay region? That’s a helluva shuttle. ” Cesar, the evening he referred to his screenplay, Parallel Lies. “I may perhaps break out with it. I’d get back one week a month. ” “One week in 4? relatively? ” “I don’t imagine i may do weeks a month,” Cesar says, misinterpreting the cause of my skepticism. “But every week i'll deal with. ” He explains how: a German movie manufacturer who’s aiding him finance a feature-length mental mystery (“No, now not Parallel Lies, one other project”) advised him that for those who fly among Barcelona and San Francisco through Zurich in “business category thrice, you get the fourth flight loose. ” It’s at this aspect that I write the letters DQ on my notepad, a coded reminder to myself that Cesar monitors approximately as a lot good judgment as that different Iberian fantasist, Don Quixote. “But commuting may in basic terms be temporary,” he assures me. “Forever dwelling has an workplace in Madrid. ” “How’s your Spanish? ” “Not fluent,” he says. This comes as a shock, on condition that his father was once Venezuelan. nonetheless, it could aid clarify why he didn't persuade the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to alter his ethnicity from white to Hispanic. “And if the without end dwelling gig doesn’t pan out? ” “I came across a monetary prone activity in Barcelona. I’ve despatched them emails. ” “That’s correct. You’ve performed monetary stuff before,” I say leadingly. Cesar nods. “I begun my occupation at Merrill Lynch in ’82. acquired my license in securities. Then I grew to become a dealer at Charles Schwab. Then I traded currencies. i used to be the chief for a foreign currencies outfit within the early nineties—before there has been any web, sooner than the euro.

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