The Cauliflower Chronicles: A Grappler's Tale of Self-Discovery and Island Living Paperback – 15 Aug 2010
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About the Author
Marshal D. Carper, /b> grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania running from bullies and playing video games. Now, much to the surprise of his family, former bullies and himself, he trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and writes about fighting. Carter is the editor-in-chief of Lockflow.com.
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I wouldn't read it again.
I've heard it said before that what makes a good travelogue is that the author puts as much of themselves in to it as they do the place that they're writing about. Norman Mailer wrote that a good memoir allows the reader to put themselves in the shoes of the writer even though they may never have been in similar circumstances. With 'The Cauliflower Chronicles' Carper does both these things and more.
The book begins with Carper having broken up with a serious girlfriend and moving to Hawaii to study, heal his heartbreak and most importantly, for the book and for me, to train with Jiu Jitsu/MMA legend BJ Penn and earn his Blue Belt from the man himself.
Joined by a colourful cast of supporting characters - fellow students, grapplers, locals and others - Carper falls in love with the island rather than a girl and by the end of the book it's difficult to imagine a Hawaii that's anything other than the one he describes. Visiting some of the most notable spots on The Big Island, lava flows, waterfalls, cliffs, beaches Carper takes us to the idyllic side of Hawaii. In the background, however, Carper is always cognisant of the tension that exists, with good reason, between indigenous Hawaiians and 'Haoles' or White people, giving the reader a useful potted history of Hawaii and it's exploitation/colonisation/oppression by the USA that nicely contextualises some of the sentiments that he encounters.Read more ›
Carper's adventure took place in a colorful setting but a lot of it reminds me of the experiences and thoughts we all share as grapplers. We need more stories like these and as a grappling fanatic I know that I will purchase every book that comes out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
briliant book couldnt put it down. the use of imagery made me feel like i was there. i would definetly recommend this book.Published on 1 July 2013 by jay
excellent book. this guy lived the life every grappler would wish for. if interested in grappling, bjj or hawaii its worth a read.Published on 25 Jun. 2012 by Justin