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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400075319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400075317
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,459,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1f3d99c) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1fdfa5c) out of 5 stars A gentle coming-of-age story Dec 1 2007
By Peter Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first discovered Scarlett Thomas when I read "The End of Mr Y", which has to be my favorite novel of the last five years. I've been working my way through everything she's written, and "Going Out" is number three for me. It's a very pleasant read, with a small dose of the kind of wacky existential philosophy which made Mr. Y such a good read, and plenty of well-observed characters from unfashionable Essex who I'm sure are very close to Ms Thomas's heart.

I find her novels to be deliciously escapist, and full of pop-culture references: who on the internet could forget that "The Dark Side Of The Moon" makes such a good alternative soundtrack for "The Wizard of Oz"?

I'd recommend any of her novels, even those I've not read yet ...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1fdfab0) out of 5 stars Yellow Roads June 29 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Contrary to the editorial review, I'm a "Gen Xer" and very much appreciated this book's nostalgia. The story is as unrealistic as they come, but quite entertaining. Thomas did a fine job with the characters. And the Wizard of Oz touch was very charming.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1fdfc84) out of 5 stars Cute story, likable characters March 4 2008
By Scarlett Brontë - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Likeable, quirky, twenty-something, English characters trying to find their way, by deciding to go on a Wizard of Oz type quest.

Thomas writes odd and honest characters in a way that exposes truths about being human, while keeping the narrative light and fast paced.

I read her book Popco, too and will check out whatever else she writes.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1d862c4) out of 5 stars David and Julie and Luke, Oh My! Oct. 1 2007
By Rosemary Thyme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book, although it wasn't as good as Scarlett Thomas's other books that I have read. The plot is so far-fetched and unusual, and it really grabbed my attention. I was disappointed when it had to end, but at the same point I couldn't put it down because I was so curious what would happen next. I also like how Thomas so eloquently captured the details of today's world, complete with references to popular TV shows, movies, books, Internet sites, and modern conviences such as mobile phones (that means cell phones for those of us in the US). People will read this book twenty years from now and have an idea of what life was like in the early 21st century.
If you haven't read any of Scarlett Thomas's books yet, I recommend that you start with "The End of Mr. Y" rather than "Going Out." However, if you are already a fan of Scarlett Thomas, you'll probably enjoy "Going Out." I especially recommend it to fans of "The Wizard of Oz," which has many parallels to this book. Both books are about a journey to a unknown yet powerful person who supposedly can help the characters find what they have always been looking for. They don't know much about this person who they believe will help them, but they are willing to risk everything they have to get to him. Also, "Going Out" contains many Oz-inspired images, such the green sparkly carpet, the yellow road, the suit of tin foil, the storms, and the witches. However, the characters do not necessarily correspond to the Oz characters, so don't waste your time figuring out if Julie is supposed to be the Scarecrow or the Cowardly Lion, or whether Charlotte or Chantal represents Dorothy.
Also worth noting: Scarlett Thomas seems to have a particular interest in mice. The small furry rodents make an important appearance in this book as well as in "The End of Mr. Y."
HASH(0xa1d862e8) out of 5 stars The Wonderful Wizard of...Wales? Jan. 13 2016
By Jacob Hellman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The characters - which there are way too many of, in true Scarlett Thomas fashion - are by and large an interesting bunch of flawed specimens. At first, we meet best friends Luke and Julie, who live in . Luke's problems are evident; Julie's not so much. Luke has some sort of condition that prevents him from going outside. Therefore, he has spent his entire life inside his house, learning about life from the TV and the computer. Julie is a waitress at a local cafe, where she is perfectly content to serve salads and solve complicated math theorems in her head. When Wei, a healer with whom Luke's been communicating, ends up in Wales, Julie and her friends hatch a plan to sneak Luke out of the house and across England so he can see the healer. The crew of six is assembled rather haphazardly, expanding to include David, a co-worker of Julie's who has cancer; Leanne, a mutual childhood friend and her cousin, Chantel, who's just won the lottery; and Charlotte, an ex-girlfriend of a now-deceased neighbor who has gotten close with Julie.

The story drags for the first hundred pages or so, introducing us to all the characters and their families and everyone else, but once all the niceties are out of the way, Julie hatches her plan to cure Luke once and for all, with Leanne creating a special "spacesuit" for Luke; Chantel renting a van and being the money behind the operation; and David and Charlotte...joining in for the ride and helping navigate, but not doing a very good job of it. Not their fault, though; the more we learn about Julie, the more we learn about her little psychoses: fear of large highways, fear of travel, fear of ingesting poison through packaged foods. It's the former two that make the journey a challenge; they must drive on smaller roads (Julie is the only one of them who knows how to drive), most of which keep getting flooded out due to the apparent monsoon that's overtaken Britain. When they finally get to Wales - small spoiler: not everyone makes it, but no one dies, though - they meet the mysterious Wei, and what ends up happening is not quite what anyone expected...

Read more of my review at my blog: http://wp.me/p3Aqzs-r0

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