- Paperback: 310 pages
- Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing; 1St Edition edition (December 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982565879
- ISBN-13: 978-0982565872
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 63 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #304,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cauliflower Chronicles: A Grappler's Tale of Self-Discovery and Island Living Paperback – December 1, 2010
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This book is well written and reading Marshal's recollection of his time training in Hilo, Hawaii at BJ Penn's gym is quite entertaining. A bit of a coming-of-age type of story made all the better by the fact that it is real. Marshal has no problem with sharing his insecurities, failures and struggles. This openness and honesty is refreshing!
I also really enjoyed the sections of the book where he details his meeting and training with pro UFC fighters such as Evan Dunham, Charuto, Urijah Faber, and BJ Penn. He talks about these incidences from the perspective of a somewhat awe-struck BJJ neophyte which makes the reading all the more entertaining. Marshal describes these sessions so well though that the reader gets a real feel for the amazing talent level of some of these athletes.
Marshal also includes some "fluff" where he talks about little side-trips he did while on the island. I don't think these stories were necessary and may have taken away from the flow of the rest of the book. Having said that, I may just have resented the fact that these little side-notes took away from his discussion of BJJ training and day-to-day interactions with the locals.
Bottom line - LOVED THE BOOK!
I found myself wondering what was going to happen next long after i put the book down.
I really would recommend this book for anyone "not just the mma fan" who wants to read a great story.
If you like A Fighter's Heart by Sam Sheridan, you'll also love this book!
I'm keeping an eye out for more of your books and colabs Marshal!
This book is similar, but different enough, to Sam Sheridan's "A Fighter's Heart". Like Sheridan, Carper is a great writer and really understands himself and human psychology well enough to get into the head of those who love combat sports. He shares his own adventures and self discoveries in an entertaining way that you will really relate to if you love Jiu Jitsu.
I was surprised by Marshal's self awareness at such a young age and his ability to articulate it so well in writing.
This was a great book that I didn't want to put down once I started it.
I was curious to get Marshall's take on the islands and learning what can be a very frustrating art.
He presented a raw and accurate picture of life in Hawaii, for fighters as well as the locals, and does a great job describing the Hawaii that is off the touristy-path.
I had a hard time putting the book down.
Well done and I look forward to reading more of Marshall's works.