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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 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.


10 thoughts on “Turnstiles

  1. says:

    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 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 The story begins in London, as a homeless man wakes up in a short tunnel under a busy street with only his backpack and sleeping bag He s hungry and is counting on a hotdog handout from a street vendor he has gotten to know Martin, the homeless man, is isolated from the world, and he wants to keep it that way But things change suddenly, by sheer chance, as his path intersects with Willis Hancocks, Jr., who is also isolated, even though he has vast fortune and status as a highly respected barrister.I was drawn into the story from the start The author skillfully guides the reader by placi...


  2. says:

    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 is Marty who is homeless and aimless simultaneously, next is Willis who is wealthy barrister and misogynistic and last is, Evelyn who is forced away into the flesh trade The way these three characters cross their paths is brilliant yet twisted.The whole flow of the book is something very mesmerizing and from the very first instant, the characters are able to touch your mind and soul Their pain, grief, darkness, danger, and emotions are so well written by the author, that you feel like you somehow know these characters personally The prose is very articulate in nature and the author is quite a skille...


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    I can t believe books like these are not getting the attention they deserve.Look, if you know me, you know that I m a plot driven reader I look for solid plots in all the book I read But this was an exception This book centers around three characters For me it was an intimate look into the lives of people I tended to ingnore so often a wealthy lawyer, a man who chose to beg on the streets, a woman forced into prostitution The story follows these three lives and how they become intertwined after a chance encounter between each of them I was invested in these characters and they made me feel Ah, I know you re already turning your heads away because you haven t seen this book elsewhere, because it s indie I know mainstream novels can be fun and enjoyable, but books like Turnstiles and others, deserve a chance I m pleasantly s...


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    Short Listed by Chanticleer Reviews 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 McKenzie Raine takes you through the lives of Willis, a self imposed vagrant, a criminal defense lawyer with daddy issues, Martin, and a prostitute named Evelyn the woman who seemingly ties everybody s story together.The premise of this story seems so simple at first glance and yet it is obvious that through her writing, Raine s takes on the persona of each individual, feeling their pain, their suffering and through telling their personal stories by how flawlessly the story transitions between the characters and their locations Readers will find themselves in an emotional quandary, as we are often quick to judge others without first knowing their story, and how our lives are truly synchronous.Turns...


  5. says:

    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 important social issues, including homelessness, prostitution, and misogyny It also left me on the edge of my seat at times during the book, as Evelyn seeks to escape the life as a prostitute into which she was forced Though written in the third person, the use of the characters diary entries throughout the book gave them there own unadulterated voice at critical moments fo...


  6. says:

    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.


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    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,which lead them to their next step of self discovery.Martin Sourdough is a Canadian from British Columbia homeless in the streets of London by choice.An artist by passion,he has shunned society and money,with the belief that man does not need money and anybody to survive.His journey here makes him realise that no man is an island.Willis Hancocks Jr is a barrister in London who has had a privileged upbringing.Though not wanting in material possession,he is deeply unhappy with his life whose problems root from his parents dysfunctional marriage and his own relationship with his estranged father.He is a conf...


  8. says:

    Excellent realistic fiction with some hard hitting charactersThis review can also be found at is an excellent book with some very well etched characters There should be books like these but unfortunately too many books these days are filled with telling than showing This book however shows 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 wasn t ready to surrender He had chosen the broadness of the streets over being confined in those brightly lit boxes of windows, looking down Now his smug feelings had slowly turned to jealousy He suddenly hated the working locals and carefree tourists, brushing Turnstiles by him cheerfully with their groceries and Harrods bags, for a different reason They had something he didn t have They were free I must say I did not like this Martin character much Too many times he wallowed in self pity and even acted effeminate even as a rebel kid he didn t seem to be quite illustrious it looked as if the author was at times trying too hard to gain sympathy for him from the readers On the other hand, Willis is someone for whom readers would automatically feel sympathy his charity in the early pages of the book, in spite of being selfish, gives a tug at your heart Despite being from an affluent family he s plenty of personal and professional stress to battle with not only his life s been a cruddy one, his job of dealing with crime day in and day out...


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    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 to it for the most part, and I love reading gritty realism This is a mature book for a mature audience I feel terribly sorry for the characters at times, and also astonished by their frank inner discourse at others There is poetry here and also frank honesty I loved the way the novel became like its subjects, and the plot itself feels like it is going in and out of a train car We get to follow these people as they discover themselves basically, through the difficulties of a savage world.This was astonishing to me, that the book was so well written and beautiful It deserves a lot of praise, and I definitely look forward to the next work by th...


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    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 Questions of life and love and the very reason for existence are raised as they each deliberate the meaning of life Of the three main characters, Evelyn, who runs away from an abusive home at the age of twelve, is the only one I could empathize with Willis, a successful barrister, is a self centred man nursing grievances against his recently deceased father Martin is a misfit who has difficulty relating to other people and never feels quite at home in the world The story also takes us into the minds of a number of supporting characters Bonnie, a friend of Evelyn, Ellie, the mother of Willis, and Frieda, a cloakroom attendant from Germany who crosses paths with Martin Each has an ...


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