We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the library. Find a location near you.

Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully
(OverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive Listen)

Book Cover
Average Rating
Published:
HarperAudio 2015
Status:
Available from OverDrive
Description

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.

Also in This Series
Formats
OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Works on MP3 Players, PCs, and Macs. Some mobile devices may require an application to be installed.
OverDrive Listen
Need Help?
If you are having problem transferring a title to your device, please fill out this support form or visit the library so we can help you to use our eBooks and eAudio Books.
More Like This
Other Editions and Formats
More Copies In LINK+
Loading LINK+ Copies...
More Details
Format:
OverDrive MP3 Audiobook, OverDrive Listen
Edition:
Unabridged
Street Date:
01/20/2015
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780062308573
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Citations
APA Citation (style guide)

Allen Kurzweil. (2015). Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully. Unabridged HarperAudio.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Allen Kurzweil. 2015. Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully. HarperAudio.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Allen Kurzweil, Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully. HarperAudio, 2015.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Allen Kurzweil. Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully. Unabridged HarperAudio, 2015.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
Copy Details
LibraryOwnedAvailable
Shared Digital Collection22
Staff View
Grouped Work ID:
77c2323b-6b88-0475-3a88-fd00fc3003bd
Go To Grouped Work
Needs Update?:
No
Date Added:
Jun 12, 2018 17:01:35
Date Updated:
Dec 06, 2020 02:44:08
Last Metadata Check:
Aug 07, 2022 08:18:05
Last Metadata Change:
Jul 31, 2022 08:08:55
Last Availability Check:
Aug 07, 2022 08:18:08
Last Availability Change:
Feb 06, 2021 21:21:04
Last Grouped Work Modification Time:
Aug 09, 2022 02:08:33

OverDrive Product Record

images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/0293-1/{510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/0293-1/{510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/0293-1/510/E33/D9/{510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/0293-1/510/E33/D9/{510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
formats
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780062308573
      • name: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
      • id: audiobook-mp3
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780062308573
      • name: OverDrive Listen
      • id: audiobook-overdrive
mediaType
Audiobook
primaryCreator
    • role: Author
    • name: Allen Kurzweil
title
Whipping Boy
dateAdded
2016-06-09T14:25:00-04:00
contentDetails
      • href: https://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=141&titleID=2074536
      • type: text/html
      • account:
          • name: Sacramento Public Library (CA)
          • id: 1151
sortTitle
Whipping Boy The FortyYear Search for My TwelveYearOld Bully
crossRefId
2074536
subtitle
The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully
id
510e33d9-4dd4-4288-91ef-7bb13a54bf53
starRating
3.4

OverDrive MetaData

isPublicDomain
False
formats
      • fileName: WhippingBoy9780062308573
      • partCount: 7
      • fileSize: 253781988
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780062308573
      • rights:
            • type: PlayOnPC
            • value: 1
            • type: PlayOnPCCount
            • value: -1
            • type: BurnToCD
            • value: 1
            • type: BurnToCDCount
            • value: -1
            • type: PlayOnPM
            • value: 1
            • type: TransferToSDMI
            • value: 1
            • type: TransferToNonSDMI
            • value: 1
            • type: TransferCount
            • value: -1
            • type: CollaborativePlay
            • value: 0
            • type: PublicPerformance
            • value: 0
            • type: TranscodeToAAC
            • value: 1
      • name: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
      • id: audiobook-mp3
      • onSaleDate: 01/20/2015
      • samples:
            • source: Part 1
            • formatType: audiobook-mp3
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-425/0293-1/2074536-WhippingBoy.mp3
            • source: Part 1
            • formatType: audiobook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
      • fileName: WhippingBoy9780062308573
      • partCount: 0
      • fileSize: 253752421
      • identifiers:
            • type: ISBN
            • value: 9780062308573
      • name: OverDrive Listen
      • id: audiobook-overdrive
      • onSaleDate: 01/20/2015
      • samples:
            • source: Part 1
            • formatType: audiobook-mp3
            • url: https://excerpts.cdn.overdrive.com/FormatType-425/0293-1/2074536-WhippingBoy.mp3
            • source: Part 1
            • formatType: audiobook-overdrive
            • url: https://samples.overdrive.com/?crid=510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53&.epub-sample.overdrive.com
creators
      • role: Author
      • fileAs: Kurzweil, Allen
      • bioText:

        Allen Kurzweil is a prize-winning novelist, children's writer, inventor, and journalist. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, Smithsonian, and Vanity Fair. He is a graduate of Yale University and the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

      • name: Allen Kurzweil
      • role: Narrator
      • fileAs: Kurzweil, Allen
      • bioText:

        Allen Kurzweil is a prize-winning novelist, children's writer, inventor, and journalist. His work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, Smithsonian, and Vanity Fair. He is a graduate of Yale University and the recipient of Fulbright, Guggenheim, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

      • name: Allen Kurzweil
imprint
HarperAudio
publishDate
2015-01-20T05:00:00+00:00
edition
Unabridged
isOwnedByCollections
True
title
Whipping Boy
fullDescription

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.

reviews
      • premium: True
      • source: Publisher's Weekly
      • content:

        December 8, 2014
        Childhood trauma fuels an adult obsession and an exploration of a flamboyant criminal caper in this rollicking but unfocused memoir. Novelist Kurzweil (A Case of Curiosities) was bullied by a roommate named Cesar Augustus at a tiny Swiss boarding school—being whipped with a belt is the worst outrage—and later in life set out to learn what had become of his tormentor. He discovered after many years that Cesar had gone to prison for his involvement in investment fraud. Cesar is a marginal figure through much of the book, and when we finally meet him, his impact is underwhelming; he comes off as an evasive and self-deluding hollow man with a repertoire of pathetic shady business ventures. But Kurzweil crafts an entertaining, sharply reported picaresque centering on the colorful leaders of the scam, who bamboozled their marks by posing as monocled European aristocrats and produced a fake deed from the fictional King of Mombessa, and on the investigators who caught them. The psychodrama between Kurzweil and Cesar doesn’t have much emotional payoff, but it makes a serviceable hook for a comic-opera true crime saga that’s ripe with hilarious humbuggery. Photos. Agent: Liz Darhansoff, Darhansoff & Verrill.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
      • content:

        November 15, 2014
        One man's search for his childhood bully, who turned out to be far more than that.Sent to a Swiss boarding school run with clocklike precision at the age of 10, Kurzweil (Leon and the Champion Chip, 2010, etc.) endured a year of torment, especially from one student, a bully named Cesar Augustus. Thirty years later, the author's nemesis appeared as a character in one of his children's books, an event that triggered him to search for Cesar, as he still remembered the pain and shame of the verbal and physical abuse he suffered. Over the course of 10 years, Kurzweil became a master sleuth and discovered that Cesar was far more than a bully. Using the Internet and many other resources, the author discovered that Cesar had been involved in a major advance-fee banking scam, fronted by the Badische Trust Consortium, which involved millions of dollars, fake princes and knights, high-profile lawyers and gullible clients longing for the funds to finance their dreams. Kurzweil explores his longing to connect with and confront the bully of his childhood, who had become an adult con artist convicted twice yet still seemingly intent on scamming people in one way or another. His story reads like a European version of American Hustle, complete with men in monocles and silk ascots, fancy dinners in expensive restaurants and his own methods of espionage that he used to obtain information. His fast-paced narrative, with its rich details of the intricate nature of the scam and his uncanny ability to ferret out the truth, almost masks his underlying desire to talk to Cesar about that year in school. When he finally does, readers receive a satisfactory ending to this 40-year drama. Full of intrigue and suspense, the story follows the bizarre twists and turns of one man's journey to find and confront his childhood tormentor-ready-made for a film treatment.

        COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

      • premium: True
      • source: Booklist
      • content:

        January 1, 2015
        Many people faced bullies as children. Not many have devoted considerable time and energy to tracking them down as adults. But that's just what author Kurzweil did, uncovering a remarkable tale of fraud, which he recounts in this plainspoken and earnest book. Decades after enduring abuse at the hands of his 12-year-old roommate, Cesar Augustus, at a Swiss boarding school, Kurzweil endeavors to track him down. The hunt, through thousands of pages of legal documents that fill milk crates and through encounters with unwilling or unhelpful contacts, reads like an engrossing detective story. Kurzweil is, by his own admission, a man obsessed. His emotions take a backseat to describing his investigatory feats, which lead him to a wide-ranging, multimillion-dollar scam in which Cesar played a role. More important than even the scam and the man Cesar became, however, is the poignant way that Kurzweil strives to get an explanation for the bully's bad behavior in order to heal the wounds he's carried since school. The story will resonate with anyone who had a Cesar growing up, as so many did.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

popularity
106
links
    • self:
        • href: https://api.overdrive.com/v1/collections/v1L1BWwAAAA2I/products/510e33d9-4dd4-4288-91ef-7bb13a54bf53/metadata
        • type: application/vnd.overdrive.api+json
id
510e33d9-4dd4-4288-91ef-7bb13a54bf53
starRating
3.3
images
    • cover:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-100/0293-1/{510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53}Img100.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • thumbnail:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-200/0293-1/{510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53}Img200.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover150Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-150/0293-1/510/E33/D9/{510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53}Img150.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
    • cover300Wide:
        • href: https://img1.od-cdn.com/ImageType-400/0293-1/510/E33/D9/{510E33D9-4DD4-4288-91EF-7BB13A54BF53}Img400.jpg
        • type: image/jpeg
isPublicPerformanceAllowed
False
languages
      • code: en
      • name: English
subjects
      • value: Biography & Autobiography
      • value: Nonfiction
publishDateText
01/20/2015
mediaType
Audiobook
shortDescription

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...

sortTitle
Whipping Boy The FortyYear Search for My TwelveYearOld Bully
crossRefId
2074536
awards
      • source: Mystery Writers of America
      • value: Edgar Allan Poe Award
subtitle
The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully
publisher
HarperAudio