Meet Reuben, a twenty-something lad living and working in contemporary urban Australia.Affable, likable and handsome in a vaguely 'reminds you of someone you've seen somewhere before' sort of way, Reuben is a bit miffed with life. His career has stalled, he's mired firmly in Best Friends Country with the loins-achingly beautiful Deidre, his randy housemates seem incapable of exploring their sexual chemistry at anything less than top volume, and his best mate Morrie's shag-happy, smash and dash, man-whorish ways are making Reuben wonder why he ever liked the cheeky womanising bastard in the first place.So when a terrorist group of Militant Feminists unleash a terrible biological weapon upon the world, a weapon guaranteed to turn every single man into a woman, Reuben may perhaps be justified in feeling slightly put upon.Tempted though he may be to simply crawl into a box and gibber madly in blind panic (an option being actively considered by much of the world's male population), Reuben soon sees that there's no sense in making a fuss. Indeed, he can even think of an upside: awell, a he reckons, atits might be nice.aWhile Reuben waits patiently for a decent set of blouse-fillers to sprout, he soon finds himself amongst a rapidly diminishing male minority. With each passing day, men are vanishing from the streets to be replaced by an increasingly baffled and bemused number of new women, all of them replete with the feelings, thoughts and behaviours of the fairer sex.With the authorities searching desperately for a cure, as the male population dwindles and the female population explodes, the whole world is given to wonder: who will be the last man standing? Is there a man, just one man who may be immune to the Femmo's terrible weapon? And if so, what salvation may he bring?'The Turning' by Mark Barwell offers a fun and surprisingly incisive view on the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the female mind, from the perspective of numerous formerly male victims of enforced transgenderisation and the women in their lives. We observe the changes wrought on the friendship of two men when one of them turns into a woman, we track the strains placed upon a boy-girl relationship as the boy becomes a girl, and we chart entirely new territory when a newly-turned woman finds herself falling for an unsuspecting man.The tale revels in its faintly ridiculous scenario of biological-weapon-toting Feminists toppling the worldwide phallocentric status quo, and it deals with the serious things in life a feelings, relationships, personal identity as defined by gender, so on and so forth a with a wicked insight and a knowing grin. Whether you're a student of inter-gender social politics, a woman who's always wished the men in her life could see what womanhood is all about, or a man who's suddenly wondering how his luck might improve if all his mates sprouted breasts and vaginas, 'The Turning' is a thought-provoking and compelling read that you'll struggle to put downab a real page turner, if you will.We observe the changes wrought on the friendship of two men when one of them turns into a woman, we track the strains placed upon a boy-girl relationship as the boy becomes a girl, and we chart entirely new territory when a newly-turned ...
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