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  1. Peter Peter says:

    Resolution Luke is allergic to the sun and his best friend Julie has phobias about flying car crashes bacterial infections and is frightened of leaving her hometown Together they are a pair that has consoled each other in their worries and fears and over the years developed a bond where their vulnerabilities provided the glue This relationship became so inter dependent that they hid or ruined any opportunities in life that threatened to tear them apart including going to University One day Luke decides he wants to accept an opportunity of a cure but it involves a road trip to Wales to visit a healer Luke Julie and 4 friends set off on a road trip to Wales in a blacked out VW Campervan using only B roads Each friend is searching for meaning or resolution in their own lives providing a wonderful array of issues that are well observed and carefully handledThe character development and interaction amongst the friends provides the main theme for the book The dialogue is very well written demonstrating a humorous and engrossing interplay as they discuss and challenge their separate problems Luke and Julie are really interesting characters who have a very selfless love for each other currently platonic and it's endearing to watch this develop throughout the story We discover ways in which they exercise that love for each other and wonder how their relationship be defined when it's all over Going Out is a very entertaining story with a strong moral message and I would certainly recommend reading it

  2. Blair Blair says:

    As you might already know I love Scarlett Thomas and have been trying to get my hands on a copy of this one of her rarer books for uite a while; it was the one book of hers excepting a couple of the very early Lily Pascale mysteries I hadn't read First published in 2002 it's something of a bridge between the author's slightly amateurish earlier novels and her superior later work which in my opinion begins with 2004's PopCo Like Bright Young Things it has an ensemble cast of characters and a third person omniscient narrator; but like PopCo and Thomas's subseuent books it's packed with clever ideas pop culture references and sparkling dialogueThe plot revolves around a couple of friends with significant problems Luke has a rare set of serious allergies which mean he can't go outdoors and has lived his whole life in one room but he's desperate to find a cure and is obsessed with the idea of 'going out' Julie his next door neighbour and best friend since childhood has an increasingly severe range of phobias which are rendering her unable to do much than stay at home and work in a 'safe' job that's beneath her but is in denial that there's anything wrong with her In a series of events loosely based on The Wizard of Oz which is neatly woven into the story in several ways the two friends embark on a mission to escort Luke to a mysterious healer who promises to cure him accompanied by a colourful group of new acuaintances; an ex school bully who thinks she's a witch a young man with testicular cancer a girl who's just won the lottery and an old friend with a colourful past Much of the narrative is taken up by the characters getting to know one another and discussing various topics both monumental and insignificant but their conversations are never less than engrossing and the attention to detail is perfect There's even a little blink and you'll miss it reference to the events of Bright Young Things which I appreciated I love it when I spot little details like this and feel like I'm being 'rewarded' for being a fan of the author The ending manages to wrap everything up happily for everybody without being completely implausible well not really and by this point I liked all of them so much that I didn't really mind if one or two things were a bit far fetched Plus the uote right at the end had me fighting back tearsI had a few misgivings about some of the character development Julie who's supposed to be 'weird' and virtually friendless actually seems to have very little difficulty making friends; I wasn't sure I could believe that Luke would really have notched up four sexual relationships while confined to one room of his intensely overprotective mother's house; and I could never really get a clear idea of who David was supposed to be at times he's portrayed like a monosyllabic vulgar teenager at others he seems the most mature of the whole group and I couldn't reconcile the two sides of the character they read like different people The circumstances of Luke's supposed condition don't stand up to much scrutiny either But while it's not as good as the books that came after it and is probably of a 35 than a 4 I'm being generous because it was a really likeable book and better than Bright Young Things it's a warm funny and thoroughly enjoyable adventure As I have with most of Thomas's novels I read the bulk of it in one sitting and found it difficult to set aside If you haven't read anything by the author before I wouldn't recommend starting with this but if you're a fan of her other books then I think it's worth the effort to seek out a copy

  3. Victoria Rose Victoria Rose says:

    PSA I bloody LOVE Scarlett Thomas She has a way of writing dialogue that’s so believable without being dull even when the conversations go nowhere and barely anything happens It was the same with her novel Bright Young Things a group of friends chilling chatting shit and that’s basically it Going Out follows Luke a 25 year old who is allergic to the sun and has thus been stuck in his room for years His best friend is Julie who is afraid of pretty much everything They and some young friends decide to go on a road trip when they come into contact with someone who believes he can cure Luke Spoiler but not really a spoiler the journey doesn’t get going until about two thirds in For me this was not a problem I could read the conversations and the daily lives of Luke Julie and co until the cows come home That’s pretty amazing since they don’t go anywhere or do anything for such a long time However just as in BYT your mileage may vary If you’re from the UK and are anywhere between 20 35 I’d say you’d enjoy this a lot due to all the cultural references and the familiar chats about being a young person in England Overall this made me smile a lot it was a very uick read and as with Thomas’ other works gave me some food for thought Now I just need to get my hands on another of her books

  4. Laura Laura says:

    I thought this book was a rather sad commentary on where 20 somethings find themselves today Nor was the writing attractive Indeed Going Out read like the work of a young reporter not a journalist a reporter because nothing was placed in a cultural or psychological setting of any value The Independent on Sunday said Going Out was surreal and inventive I think that's giving it too much credit It was unreal and derivative actually Gregor Samsa was betterThe Daily Mail said it was A modern take on The Wizard of Oz No Oz was a uest through powerful psychological territory; this was a ramble through modern and post modern minor neurosisIndeed the book ended as it began in a whimper No one did much of anything The changes in the characters were so minor as to reuire a microscope to find And those changes were in fact changes that simply made the characters approach fully human While this sort of caricature is fine in chick lit detective stories and so on nothing purporting to be serious mainstream fiction can get away with itAside from the reportage aspect of the book such literary exposition as exists in it is clumsy Any author who must literally tell readers that one or of the characters was in a box must certainly have missed the literature classes on showing rather than tellingor else the educational systems have been so dumbed down that a casual reader is unable to get it without being bashed over the head with it Indeed if Going Out is the future of literature I'd say literature has no future Fortunately there are lots of other modern books around of real value

  5. Verity (The Cosy Reading Nest) Verity (The Cosy Reading Nest) says:

    After many years of trying to get hold of this book the publisher finally decided to print a new edition of it this year and I was thrilled to see it when I visited my nearest bookshop I wish I could say it was worth the wait but sadly I found myself wishing it was over from about halfway throughThe blurb doesn't really accurately depict what the story is about in the sense that it doesn't particularly focus on Luke's allergy to the sun and his road to desperately finding a cure I found Thomas spent far too much time focusing on the other superfluous characters and didn't realise that the only parts of her work that were interesting and moving were those which tried to explain the world from Luke's point of view Imagine only living in one room for your entire life and not being able to recognise that what you see on the TV is actually a depiction of a real world The other characters issues were the normal kinds of worries and problems that your average individual in their twenties experiences and it doesn't make for a thrilling readGoing Out is a modern day Wizard of Oz style adventure where 5 messed up people in their twenties go off on an adventure to find themselves Unfortunately they only decide to embark on this adventure about 100 pages from the end of the book so it's a rushed half described adventure with an ending that is wholly predictable and unsatisfying Very disappointing

  6. Louise Louise says:

    Another uniue book from Scarlett Thomas that incorporates plenty of interesting ideas about how we live our lives A bunch of friends all with their own issues go off in a campervan to consult a healer for Luke; he has never been outside his house apart from one attempt which led to him collapsing it is believed Luke is allergic to the sun amongst other things Scarlett Thomas writes uirky characters who I always wish actually existed so I could be friend them There are sprinklings of mathematical theories and theology in the book which only add the experience These are developed and used as a basis for her book The End of Mr Y which happens to be my favourite of her works A marvellous book which is enjoyable to read as well as being thought provoking what is better than that?

  7. Trin Trin says:

    Another of Thomas’ hard to find early novels This one is about twentysomething Luke who has a rare disease that makes it impossible for him to go outside and Julie who goes out in the world but is afraid of everything she finds there The two of them along with an assortment of their friends—a girl who just won the lottery a guy with testicular cancer a girl who thinks she’s a witch a girl whose boyfriend died tragically—all set out to find a cure for LukeI knew how this book was going to end pretty much from the very beginning but it was still a lot of fun getting there I love Thomas’ writing style and I love her intelligent neurotic characters It’s always a pleasure hanging out with them for a couple hundred pages

  8. Lolly K Dandeneau Lolly K Dandeneau says:

    I am on a Thomas kick she is such fun to read Sprinkling of math science philosophy I am really glad I stumbled accidentally upon this author

  9. Katelin Katelin says:

    the book Going Out by Scarlett Thomas is about this guy named luke and his friends juliedaveleanneand charolett who live in londoneach and everyone has a problem of their ownjulie is afriad of life and losing controldave has cancer leanne thinks she a wicth and charoltte became a hippiethey all left on a journey to help their friend luke but on their journey everyone found their own answers to their problem dave left to america to cure his cancer leanne left to join a witch covenent and julie and charolett are going to travle on the road but luke foud the answer within him and finally got to ssuch the grass see the sun and fell the rain on hes face so recommed this book to people who loves a story like this one

  10. Karen Karen says:

    Weird Not as delightfully insane as Thomas's recent books but I can definitely see the seeds of books to come in this I really don't know how I feel about this; absent of expectation I may have liked it or I may have uit partway through It's not as full of random ideas and information that the author and me usually finds interesting and the ideas that are there are old hat to me imaginary numbers Schroedinger's cat On the other hand it name dropped Sabrina the Teenage Witch On the whole I think I'd only recommend it to fans of Scarlett Thomas who've already read her three latest books and need something to pass the time as they wait If you haven't read anything by her I'd skip this and go to PopCo Also man is that cover horrendous

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Going Out ➮ [Ebook] ➩ Going Out By Scarlett Thomas ➺ – Luke is allergic to everything He spends his days in a sterile safe haven designed to keep out all light and dirt while everything he knows about the world comes from books movies the internet and wha Luke is allergic to everything He spends his days in a sterile safe haven designed to keep out all light and dirt while everything he knows about the world comes from books movies the internet and whatever his best friend Julie tells him He would do anything to go outsideJulie brilliant and kind could be out changing the world Unfortunately she’s too afraid of airplane crashes highway accidents and potentially life threatening bacteria to leave her hometown her pointless waitress job or LukeCharlotte’s boyfriend dropped dead from a brain hemorrhage She disappeared for awhile but now she’s decided that she misses her friendsDavid has just been diagnosed with testicular cancer Conseuently he’s no longer wants to spend his days making pizza to pay for school His priorities in life are changing; he just doesn’t know how yetLeanne has just discovered that she may or may not have magic powers When this motley bunch befriends a lottery winner with a generous heart they all embark on a hysterical and heartwarming journey in search of the healer who just might be able to cure Luke and perhaps give them the answers they didn’t know they were looking for.