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The Cauliflower Chronicles: A Grappler's Tale of Self-Discovery and Island Living Paperback – 15 Aug 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (15 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982565879
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982565872
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 883,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A fantastic story of a young man who went away to study, learn jiujitsu and find himself. Some interesting viewpoints on the benefits of marital arts training and what it can do for a persons mental and emotional development, studying away from home and Hawaii and its culture and a must for anyone interested in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and its culture.
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Whilst I found the story and the concept interesting i didn't enjoy reading the book that much. There's not a great deal of BJJ in the book - instead we are treated with the authors various tedious insecurities and self-centred world view. it is basically an autobiography of someone who is not particularly interesting!
I wouldn't read it again.
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I've been wanting to write a review of Marshall D Carper's book 'The Cauliflower Chronicles' since finishing it earlier this year, following a recent re-reading I'm finally getting round to it.

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.
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I read this book over the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is fast paced and the author keeps the story moving. This book is one of many stories out there that shows how BJJ or submission grappling can change, cause us to alter or even disrupt our lives so we can train.

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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Pleasant enough read with some good insights into Hawaiian life and the grievances that Hawaiians feel about the treatment they have received.
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