By Allen Kurzweil
The genuine account of 1 man's lifelong look for his boarding-school bully
Equal components youth memoir and literary mystery, Whipping Boy chronicles Allen Kurzweil's look for his twelve-year-old nemesis, a bully named Cesar Augustus. The obsessive inquiry, which spans a few 40 years, takes Kurzweil around the globe, from a Swiss boarding college (where he endures scary cruelty) to the slums of Manila, from the Park street boardroom of the world's biggest legislation company to a federal legal camp in Southern California. whereas monitoring down his tormentor, the writer encounters an incredible solid of characters that incorporates an elocution instructor with ill-fitting dentures, a gang of faux-royal swindlers, a criminal offense investigator with "paper in his blood," and a monocled grand grasp of the Knights of Malta. but for all its international exoticism and comedian exuberance, Kurzweil's riveting account is, at its center, a heartfelt and suspenseful narrative concerning the "parallel lives" of a sufferer and his abuser.
A scrupulously researched and richly illustrated paintings of nonfiction that renders a early life risk into an not going muse, Whipping Boy is far greater than a story of karmic retribution; it's a poignant meditation on loss, reminiscence, and mourning, a surreal odyssey born out of discomfort, nourished by means of rancor, tempered by way of wit, and resolved, suddenly, in a wide ranging act of private braveness.
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Hagan 1991; Lotz and Lee 1999). The implication is that the higher the social class a child comes from, the less likely they are to be disruptive at school or to be involved in petty crime. This may mean that the higher the social class, the less likely the children will be abusive, and by implication, parent abuse is more likely to occur in poorer families. But the connection is slight; the numbers are not dramatically different. We do know from our research that parent abuse is, in fact, found in all social classes.
Many teens agree that it is easier to share their emotions with their mothers and they’re not as afraid of their mothers as they are of their fathers. Consequently, teens tend to talk to their mothers more than to their fathers. By the same token, mothers are perceived as being “softer” than fathers and are, therefore, easier targets for abuse. Society in general is more comfortable with anger directed at women than at men (Bass and Davis 1988). Teens told us they would never dare hit their strong and intimidating fathers: “I’m scared of my father.
Another mother said: “We were starting to have marital problems and I was also concerned for my other children, for my sanity.