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2000 Tunes (Manchester Summer Book 2) Kindle Edition
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"A novel I absolutely adored! A well-spun tale of self-confidence, choices, and family loyalty."
-Beyond The Books
"The story of Sam and Mark is brilliant and will reel you in. You'll enjoy this if you're a fan of gentle and unhurried romance, wonderful and complex characters, and literary fiction."
-Curled Up With A Good Book
"I didn't want to put this book down. This is well written and detailed, the author brought the characters to life."
-Little Miss Book Lover
"2000 Tunes is a fun, thought-provoking tale about the strange twists of fate, finding happiness and trusting your instincts. Witty, compelling and full of Mancunian grit, character and charm. A love story with a difference."
"A great book about a young man finding his place in the world."
-A Knight's Reads
"An engaging, deceptively complex love story. Manchester is almost another character and those who know the city will love the affectionate yet realistic depiction of the place. This is a book with real heart and so it is entirely right that the beat of music is felt throughout its pages. 2000 Tunes is a beautifully written, perceptive novel about love, belonging and change."
-Hair Past A Freckle
"It's like taking a trip back in time, revisiting old friends and old haunts. The characters are so well written, so well developed, so realistic, that you feel as if you're there, living their lives with them. Sam and Mark are two deeply vulnerable people, struggling to find their place in the world, despite everything that keeps knocking them down. And there's the music, which weaves itself around the threads of the story, evoking memories from those long-gone years. Mark's passion (and the author's) for his music gets into your soul. There are so many wonderful parts to this story, so many little scenes that keep popping into my head even after I've finished reading it, as if they're my memories now, not something I read. It's going to stay with me for a long time."
-Pink Quill Books--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B086BXWSNC
- Publisher : Organic Apocalypse (20 March 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 3459 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 475 pages
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2000 Tunes is perhaps a more straightforward novel but that doesn't make it any less involving and though a fairly long book, I read it in little more than a day. I was born in the same year as Sam and so as well as enjoying what is an engaging, deceptively complex love story, I also loved the sense of nostalgia I felt remembering a time when we drank Bacardi Breezers, downloaded Windows 2000 and discovered that Sunny Delight could turn your skin orange. Of course, with a title like 2000 Tunes, it's inevitable that music should have a hugely important role to play and I loved that each chapter is also the title of a song, with little notes demonstrating the links between bands - or the Manchester Music Association (MMA) to use Mark's terminology.
Mark is obsessed with music from Manchester, although his interests are narrowed to the 90s indie Madchester scene. He still mourns the closing of The Haçienda and uses his impassioned knowledge as a crutch, working out connections between bands to calm himself when he becomes stressed or anxious. He's a bit of a tragic joke figure at first and it's impossible not to pity him particularly when it becomes obvious that he is very different from his violent father and brother. As he begins to realise that he can be different and to make tentative steps towards recognising his self-worth, I grew to love this gentle, kind man.
He works for the same company as Samantha - Sam - Rees who initially appears to be a very different person to Mark. She seems to be as confident as he is shy and forms a formidable double act with her best friend and drinking partner, Emily. However, as the book progresses it soon becomes evident that her life is more chaotic than it first appears and that she is as lost and confused as he is. Emily is seemingly fearless and unapologetically herself; she doesn't always give the best advice to Sam but she is a fantastic character.
A series of mistakes, misunderstandings and missed opportunities follow as they both try to discover what it is they really want from life. There is a striking contrast between their respective families, while Mark has been dragged up and is constantly mocked and threatened by his dad and brother, Sam comes from a close, loving background. However, she came to Manchester to escape the sense of claustrophobia she felt back in Wales but since the death of her beloved Mamgu (grandmother) she is increasingly drawn back to Neath. Both have potentially huge decisions to make about their future and there are some deeply poignant moments as they reach their respective crisis points.
Although I'd say that Cold Fusion 2000 is the more ambiguous of the two stories, there is a really touching scene later on in 2000 Tunes which reveals that not all quite as it seems here either. Manchester is almost another character and those who know the city well will love the affectionate yet realistic depiction of the place. This is a book with real heart and so it is entirely right that the beat of music is felt throughout its pages; we all know how songs have the power to bring us together and to transform us and so it is that 2000 Tunes is a beautifully written, perceptive novel about love, belonging and change. This is no fool's gold, it's the real stuff and I loved it!
When we first meet Mark he seems to jar with the world around him, but as Drinkwater peels away the layers of Mark's character, we get to know someone who is as caring and sensitive as he is socially awkward. It is impossible not to warm to him - and it's heartwarming to watch his workmates follow suit.
At first, anything developing between Mark and Sam seems unlikely. But, again, Sam develops before us on the page - and the more we get to witness her fragility, the more obvious it becomes that Mark is just the sort of someone who could make her happy.
As well as Mark and Sam, there are two other important characters in this book - music and Manchester - and Drinkwater does nostalgic justice to them both. It was like being back in the Manchester of my teens!
This is my second review of this book. One of the precious few advantages of being old is that I will completely forget a book I've read within a relatively short time. This allows me to re-read it as if it was the first.
I read 2000 Tunes by Karl Drinkwater in 2018, and the review I gave it at the time thought it was a really good book, albeit too long according to the masses, who apparently don't like super long books? You can read my first review above to know what I thought the first run through.
So when I saw that the author re-edited the book to be tighter, shorter and a better book overall, I couldn't pass up buying the new version and reading it again. I truly enjoyed it, and wish I remember reading it the first time so I could say it's even better now.
What I do know is the new version I just read is stellar. It's still a large novel and a great book, beautifully written as are all Drinkwater books in my view. Specifically of note is the partner to this book Cold Fusion 2000.
There is a wealth of character development in this story supported by intimate dialogue that I just loved. It all feels so real. I especially remember the protagonist meeting some people at a club where he didn't really fit into the group and he didn't know what to say to fix it. He eventually had to get away by faking a cell phone call, but it made me feel so incredibly uneasy while I read it, I just wanted it to be over. It takes great writing skill to pull that off.
This book is a must read.