The Ugly is the funniest, smartest novel I’ve read in a long, long time.
— Pete Duval, author of Rear View: Stories
The Ugly is a bold and hilarious satire, a stunning debut.
— Largehearted Boy Book Notes
Laugh-out-loud funny...I definitely recommend The Ugly for fans of insightful law school satire.
— Harry Graff, Above the Law
This is a strange and bold novel, original in its scope, story, and point of view. A wild fictional ride that will leave you wanting more.
— Nina Swamidoss McConigley, winner of the PEN Open Book Award
An epic tale.
— Vancouver Real TV
Boldizar’s debut successfully recognizes the chasm between youthful idealism and the reality it’s often mired in.
— Booklist
Intellectual Giant...A great book.
— Kanadsky Slovak Newspaper
A wild ride that shows us the irrational underbelly of our supposedly rational world.
— Gibson Fay-Leblanc, poet laureate of Portland
“Hilarious, intelligent, challenging, and entertaining...This decade’s A Confederacy of Dunces.”
— Christoph Paul, Clash Media
A picaresque novel about mountain people, Harvard lawyers, the heft of rocks, and the power of words. The Ugly brims with intelligence and humor.
— Laila Lalami, Pulitzer finalist
“Like a boisterous Borges ignoring the delete key or an angry Celine forced to write in a language he hates, Alexander Boldizar plays with our minds by mixing fact with fiction in “The Ugly”... Borrowing from every fabulist he knows he turns Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” on its head. Kurtz’s “horror” has become Boldizar’s “Ugly”... It’s as if the “Harvard Lampoon” turned on itself...Kurtz has returned from the jungle and the horror is our institutions.”
— —The Buffalo News, William L. Morris, Primetime Emmy-nominated writer
Intelligent and emotional, existential and comedic, the satirical novel takes on the irrational trappings of our supposedly rational world.”
— Poets & Writers
Boldizar has opened a door into the parallel universe of myth. Out of it has stepped a modern day Beowulf.
— Alan Stone, president of the American Psychiatric Association
A full on satire of contemporary law as mesmerizing and complex as something lost from Foster Wallace, yet as light in tone as “A Confederacy of Dunces.”
— Goodreads
Alexander Boldizar’s The Ugly, the hilarious and inventive and unforgettable story of Muzhduk the Ugli, is a work of kinetic absurdism infused with deep intelligence and feeling. A gift of a debut from a wholly original new voice.
— Laura van den Berg, author of Find Me
An epic satire not only of American legal education and the American legal system, but of modernity itself...The closest comparison I can think of to this book is A Confederacy of Dunces—it is a story of an outsider who has a pure heart and a vast mind exposing our comfortable world simply by being forced to live in it.
— Schedlinski
Seldom does one encounter a book that balances so much intelligence with so much heart. Muzhduk the Ugli belongs among the great heroes of fiction, alongside Bellow’s Augie March and Dostoevsky’s Alyosha. The Ugli is like a great professor entertaining with larger than life stories. It’s only after you stop laughing that you realize how much you’ve learned.
— — Mark Powell, author of The Sheltering

Muzhduk the Ugli the Fourth is a 300-pound boulder-throwing mountain man from Siberia whose tribal homeland is stolen by an American lawyer out to build a butterfly conservatory for wealthy tourists. In order to restore his people’s land and honor, Muzhduk must travel to Harvard Law School to learn how to throw words instead of boulders. His anarchic adventures span continents, from Siberia to Cambridge to Africa, as he fights fellow students, Tuareg rebels, professors of law, dark magic, bureaucrats, heatstroke, postmodernists, and eventually time and space. A wild existential comedic romp, THE UGLY tells the tale of a flawed and unlikely hero struggling against the machine that shapes the people who govern our world.