Turnstiles

Turnstiles Martin Sourdough is a homeless person who has chosen to turn his back on the corporate material world Willis Hancocks Jr is a barrister an alcoholic philanderer and a misogynist and Evelyn aka Yvon

  • Title: Turnstiles
  • Author: Andrea McKenzie Raine
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Martin Sourdough is a homeless person who has chosen to turn his back on the corporate, material world Willis Hancocks Jr is a barrister, an alcoholic philanderer, and a misogynist and Evelyn aka Yvonne is a prostitute Turnstiles speaks to these social problems through the smaller scope of each character s individual trials There is a struggle that exists between thMartin Sourdough is a homeless person who has chosen to turn his back on the corporate, material world Willis Hancocks Jr is a barrister, an alcoholic philanderer, and a misogynist and Evelyn aka Yvonne is a prostitute Turnstiles speaks to these social problems through the smaller scope of each character s individual trials There is a struggle that exists between the need to serve one s own needs and the expectation to participate in the larger social scheme Martin and Willis are both trying to fit into the world, but on their own terms They are na ve, searching for an Eden like state of being Through a broader experience of personal fortune, misfortune, travel, and social interactions, they each learn to accept their path and take control of their own destinies.

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    1. Turnstiles by Andrea McKenzie Raine is another book where there is no proper storyline, instead it follows the trails of three individual's lives, who are indeed psychologically flawed and those flaws of theirs is what constructs the narrative of this book. I'd like to thank the author for giving me the opportunity to read and review her book. This Canadian author's story-telling is so awesome that from the very beginning you feel yourself getting pulled into the character’s dark lives. First [...]

    2. Short Listed by Chanticleer Reviews chantireviews/2017/02"Raine handles a long list of characters with dexterity, offering credible emotional histories." -- Kirkus ReviewsSan Diego Book ReviewHow many times have you walked down the street and had a serendipitous moment and thought it luck to have found something, caught the glimpse of a familiar face, or were in a conversation with a complete stranger only to get the feeling that you know the person they are talking about? Turnstiles by Andrea M [...]

    3. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Turnstiles by Andrea McKenzie Raine. I thought she did a very good job of weaving several different compelling characters together across different temporal and geographical realms. This book s a rarity among books that I encounter. It is difficult to say the book belongs to a specific genre, but that is what makes it work so well for me. It introduces us to several memorable characters, focuses on each of them throughout the book, and uses them to address numerous i [...]

    4. Turnstiles is a very intricate and a very enjoyable book. It follows the lives of three people who are trying to find their place in the world. You see their struggles, and the language and flow of the book is beautifully engaging and very well-written. It is absolutely lyrical. Highly recommended read.

    5. Rating: 3.6 Turnstiles can best be described as the story of the quest for the meaning of life by its three protagonists Martin Sourdough,Willis Hancocks Jr. and Evelyn.It follows the lives of these three who are from three different countries,whose means of livelihood are so radically different that ideally there should never have been any reason for their paths to have crossed.But meet they did and it is their chance meetings with one another at different times that prove to be serendipitous,w [...]

    6. Excellent realistic fiction with some hard-hitting charactersThis review can also be found at exzorders/reviews/turnstilThis is an excellent book with some very well-etched characters. There should be more books like these but unfortunately too many books these days are filled more with 'telling' than 'showing'. This book however shows more and tells less.Martin's own suppressed thoughts and feelings are greatly described in this passage: "Martin was painfully aware of his free will. Still, he w [...]

    7. “Martin Sourdough is a homeless person who has chosen to turn his back on the corporate, material world. Willis Hancocks, Jr. is a barrister, an alcoholic philanderer, and a misogynist; and Evelyn (aka Yvonne) is a prostitute. TURNSTILES speaks to these social problems through the smaller scope of each character’s individual traits. There is a struggle that exists between the need to serve one’s own needs and the expectation to participate in the larger social scheme. Martin and Willis are [...]

    8. *a few spoilers.What a wonderful book from a promising author. It is a novel composed of different stories featuring different main characters who are interconnected through the events of the story, sometimes becoming entangled completely, and sometimes going off in different directions. Because of this wandering the novel is never boring, and plot twists come out of nowhere, even if I did find some things about the book implausible.The stories feature people who are living on the street or near [...]

    9. I was blown away by the quality of writing in this novel. Some of the descriptions, particularly of the streets of Paris, are so beautiful that I found myself re-reading the same passages and savouring the words. This author is clearly a poet and paints a vivid picture with her words. I would describe theme of this book as philosophical. The three main characters, Martin, Willis and Evelyn spend a great deal of time thinking about their past and what has led them to their current situation. Ques [...]

    10. Immediately intriguing, Turnstiles is the debut novel from author Andrea McKenzie Raine. A clever and well considered telling that weaves three extraordinary tales. Three fractured lives that harbour a deep seated need to find meaning beyond the pale. Each life inexplicably changed by the vagrancies of chance. It’s a bold and engaging read that demands reflection on the trials and tribulations of our lives, the paths thrust upon us and those we might choose, with Raine ably distilling a sense [...]

    11. Andrea has a way of writing that puts you right in the middle of the scene, struggling every step of the way with the three main characters of Turnstiles, as they go through their individual lives digging deep, trying to make sense of their direction, their weaknesses. Three strangers, whose lives intersect in a bizarre fashion; something that makes you realize that you never know how your own life will impact that of another human being. A well-written story that renders the characters very rea [...]

    12. Turnstiles is one of those understated books that draws you in and gets you thinking that you know how it is all going to end and when you suddenly realize you have been cleverly duped. It really got me thinking about the hand we are dealt and what we choose to do with it.

    13. This is a great book with wonderful character development and an intriguing plot line that takes you in unexpected places, Turnstiles is original and unique. If you have the time, give it a read. Highly recommended.

    14. *Please note: Some spoilers*Chosen from the Book Club Reading List, Andrea McKenzie Raine’s debut novel “Turnstiles” is a tale about three individuals whose lives intersect with one another in complex ways, illustrating the human condition through a kaleidoscope aimed at their stories. Each and every one of the main characters are all very unhappy with where their lives have brought them and their stories weave into one another in very intricate ways. Marty is homeless and aimless in life [...]

    15. On reflection I had some issues with this book and have decided to give it 3 stars rather than 3.5 stars.I was sent this book by the author for free in return for an honest review.This book follows the story of three seemingly unconnected characters. Willis is a barrister from London who is struggling with the death of his father. Martin or Marty is a Canadian artist living rough on the streets of London and who enjoys living his life on the edge of society. Finally, Evelyn is a woman who was fo [...]

    16. Marty has lived on the streets of London for a long time. He considers himself isolated from the world at large, a decision that was made by choice, but he’s quickly realized that a person cannot live an isolated existence. He decides that he needs to reenter society, but has no idea how to do so.Then he met Willis.Willis is a powerful attorney who just inherited a law firm and a small fortune from his late father’s estate. The only problem is that Willis doesn’t want it. When he meets Mar [...]

    17. “Turnstiles” weaves together the lives of three seemingly disparate characters – Willis Hancock Jr, the alcoholic misogynist who comes from a life of entitlement and privilege; Evelyn/Yvonne, the prostitute who comes from a life of poverty, neglect and abuse; and Martin Sourdough, a homeless person who takes himself half way around the world in an effort to cast off the material world and all its perceived accoutrements. The author takes us through a journey of these three lives in the mos [...]

    18. Such remarkable work!It is truly an honor to write a review for this impeccable work by Andrea McKenzie Raine.I believe that this is in no way an exaggeration - Andrea truly is an artist/writer of the highest caliber, and Turnstiles is splendidly consistent with this level of artistry. Please know I do not say this lightly - with this book, she has offered us a work which is impeccably written, quintessentially resplendent, and with a powerful, deeply moving message much so that I (humbly and re [...]

    19. Since Andrea McKenzie Raine is also a poet, I expected the writing in this novel to be beautiful, and I wasn't disappointed. What I didn't expect was how much of a page-turner Turnstiles would be. I found myself staying up late into the night, trying to keep my eyes open just so I could find out what happens to these intriguing characters. I also found myself caring about what happened to them, and thinking about them when I wasn't reading the book. In addition to the compelling characters and t [...]

    20. Turnstiles is a real page turner that almost makes you feel like you are wandering the streets and watching the characters' journeys unfold right before you. Some expected and unexpected twists, and moments of being caught off guard with certain dark moments and interesting crossroads, keep the reader wondering what may or may not happen. The goodness of humanity and all its weaknesses, and particularly hope and compassion flow through the story. Interesting plot as to how the characters lives a [...]

    21. I enjoyed reading Turnstiles by Andrea McKenzie Raine. I saw the read now option and thought, why not? I didn't have to be at work until the evening and decided to spend a couple of hours reading a book by a promising author. I could not stop reading. It was all I could do to tear myself away long enough to get ready for work, and then I was back at my computer to finish the story. The plot is complex and draws you in from the very start. Her characters are deep and honest and are woven together [...]

    22. As with many books there are positives and negatives. I am always a fan of stories told in the point of view from multiple characters. I did not love that there were parts that were told again from another character's view. I found the language to be beautiful, but the story disconnected and slow moving. I was intrigued in how these characters ultimately related, and I enjoyed the unraveling as I went along. Ms. McKenzie Raine is for sure an author to watch for as she develops. This was beautifu [...]

    23. Turnstiles has an unpolished realness to it, much like a great documentary film. It's stripped down, gritty and raw. The characters have lived at the epicentre of dysfunction for so long they have learned how to walk through fire and just keep walking - away from everything and everyone. It's not until they collide, by fate or luck or happenstance that they finally confront themselves. I know this confrontation is just the beginning of their healing and I'm eager to follow their stories into the [...]

    24. Turnstiles, by Andrea McKenzie Raine, is a ‘free-flowing’ type narrative that follows three individuals as they struggle to understand their place in society and the world. It’s very well-written (as other reviewers have mentioned, it’s clear that Andrea is a poet and knows her way around words), and my only complaint is that the dialogue occasionally felt stilted and forced. Outside of that, Turnstiles is an enjoyable read and one I would read again.

    25. I thought this was a really great book! It centred on some very human characters and the struggles they face. I enjoyed "watching" them grow. I think many of us can partly identify with at least one of the characters. Andrea McKenzie Raine is also a published poet and this is very evident in the writing style. The book is filled with descriptive passages that say volumes more than the number of words they are written with. I can't wait to read more from this author!

    26. I thought Turnstiles was cleverly written with a compelling story and a cleverly developed plot. It is one of those books that you will find yourself thinking about after you have finished reading it. I am looking forward to seeing what Andrea McKenzie Raine releases next and have her on my watch list.

    27. Andrea McKenize Raine has written a wonderful novel based on finding oneself. The characters are deep and well thought out. Her style lust and colorful. The plot is complicated but not so much as to drag down the story. Andrea keeps the story moving with the right mix of emotion and cynicism. A great story to fill warm summer evenings with. I’m looking forward to future work by this author.

    28. I very much enjoyed this book. The storyline is really quite clever and though the idea of separate lives impacting others is not an original storyline, Andrea McKenzie Raine adds her own original twist to make a really engrossing read.I am certainly looking forward to her next release and have her on my watch list.

    29. Weaving threads of tragedy and hope together, Andrea creates a rich tapestry from her characters' lives that keeps the reader engaged and looking for more. Hope to see a sequel at some point! A luxurious read, perfect for a rainy weekend.

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