A Quick Look and Review Of The Boxer’s Soliloquy By Matt Lucas
For those of you who have been following Muay Thai Guy the past few weeks, you probably noticed that I’ve occasionally brought up the new book I recently read called “The Boxer’s Soliloquy”.
I had the author, Matt Lucas, on the podcast and we discussed his book and how his training and experiences in life and training in Thailand led him to publish his novel of short stories. After speaking with Matt, I could tell that there were a lot of similarities with his experiences and the stories of the characters shared in “The Boxer’s Soliloquy”, however, there were subtle differences that made it even more unique.
When I first picked up his book on my Kindle, I didn’t really have much expectations going into it. I really didn’t know what I was going to be reading, but since I’ve heard about it from other fighters and Nak Muay in the Muay Thai community, I figured I’d give it a read.
First of all, I’m used to reading primarily non-fiction books. I don’t read many short stories or fiction books, especially those that are in a soliloquy format, so it took some getting used to. At first, I was caught a little off guard because the first couple chapters didn’t start off being solely about Muay Thai… which I thought was strange, until I continued reading…
I began to understand the format and the rhythm of the book with each passing page. Gradually, everything started to come together and make a little more sense. This could be because of my ignorance with the soliloquy format, or it could be because that’s the way Matt was trying to peak my curiosity and grab my attention.
Without giving too much away, I was able to relate on one level or another to the characters in each story. Since the development of each character wasn’t too in-depth, it allowed me to put myself in each characters shoes and read it as if it were through my eyes. There were times where the story lagged, but overall the book kept me wanting to read more. Not to mention, since the book was a quick read, I was able to finish it in one sitting and take some additional time to reflect on it.
When speaking with Matt, he mentioned that a decent portion of his readers were actually not in the Muay Thai community, which actually made sense since it wasn’t so much about Muay Thai as it was about the day-to-day life of what an everyday fighter (or a foreign Thai boxer) goes through. Don’t get me wrong, there was a good chunk revolving around Muay Thai and the descriptions of the fighters emotions during and after the fights was intriguing to read, but there is more to it than just training and fighting.
With all this being said, I could definitely recommend this book (and do actively recommend this book) since I believe that everyone can take a little something from it. Being a cheap, shorter book ($7 on Kindle) it’s not breaking the bank and it’s not going to eat into your precious time since its quick read. And since it’s short, it gives you the opportunity to read it over again and possibly catch smaller details that you might’ve glanced over at first.
If you want to find out more about the book and what went into creating it, make sure you listen to the Muay Thai Guy Podcast episode 51 where I talk with Matt about it all. He’ll shine even more light on the details about the book and what you can expect reading it.
I also encourage you to support the sport you love and the people involved in helping it grow by giving “The Boxer’s Soliloquy” a read and leaving a review of it on Amazon.
Be sure to let me know what you think of the book and if you see it the same way I do!
- Sean "Muay Thai Guy" Fagan owns & operates the largest online Muay Thai community and the #1 training resource for nak muay of all levels.