Kurzweil, Allen. WHIPPING BOY: THE FORTY-YEAR SEARCH FOR MY TWELVE-YEAR-OLD BULLY. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 292 pages. As New/As New.

The author's memoir. One of the most beautifully written memoirs of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. Presents Allen Kurzweil's unique memoir, "Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search For My Twelve-Year-Old Bully". He doesn't use the word "obsession" because it is overused. More than half of all nonfiction being published today are obsessive memoirs, particularly the celebrity kind. Even if they are ghost-written (by a competent unknown writer), almost all, if not all, of them are predictably bad. Kurzweil's is not just good, it is fabulous. "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 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 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. 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" (Publisher's blurb). The book is a fable: The Bad Boy grows up to be a very Bad Man. His hapless victim eventually overcomes his overwhelming fears and becomes a brave man. Kurzweil's best book since "A Case of Curiosities" (1992), published when he was still a young man, "Whipping Boy" is about the author as a father whose son is bullied in school, prompting him to take stock of the childhood trauma he seems to have passed on, and finally achieving a measure of closure. A masterpiece. An absolute "must-have" title for Allen Kurzweil collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed, placed, and dated (shortly after publication) in black pen on the title page by the author: "Allen Kurzweil NYC Feb 9 2015". Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which the signing was held. This title will become a contemporary classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. 2 eight-page vintage photograph-sequences, 83 additional images. One of the most brilliant living American novelists. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ALLEN KURZWEIL TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0062269488. $70.00

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