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1 Finally! on Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:46 pm

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I own a copy of Leroux's book! The only local bookstore I have did not have it, I never go to librarys (not that I want to just borrow it anyway), so when we went out of town last weekend I got POTO at a Borders! I started on it yesterday and I fricken LOVE it. I was scared I'd have as hard a time following it as I did with Lord of the Rings, but I'm not having trouble at all. I'm so happy!

But what's the "condensed" version and how is it different? I want to make sure that's not what my copy is...A friend on Deviantart said she only ever got to read the condensed version which sounds like it might not be as good, with things left out or something?This is what I have.

2 Re: Finally! on Wed Apr 18, 2007 4:50 pm

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Glad you're enjoying it. I found some bits excellent but others a little dull.
I've never heard of a condensed version....I'm sure RedDeath would know though!
I own this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Phantom-Opera-Penguin-Popular-Classics/dp/0140621741/ref=sr_1_1/203-8386529-9347945?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176932931&sr=1-1


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3 Re: Finally! on Sun May 13, 2007 3:51 pm

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Neither of those versions are 'condensed.' A condensed book is a version that is shortened ot revised to not include the larger or more obsolete words or phrases.
The normal POTO novel is between 150-250 pages, depending on the size of pages, introductions, etc. Very Happy
But no, neither of those are.


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4 Re: Finally! on Sun May 13, 2007 4:12 pm

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Good. I finished it a couple weeks ago and now my friend is borrowing it, though she's not sure she'll ever finish.

I LOVED it. I did get a little teary-eyed at the end, too...

And now I must finish Kay's Phantom.

5 Re: Finally! on Sun May 13, 2007 4:43 pm

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Ah, that is a winner Rose I love Kay's version! Very Happy It's even sadder!


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6 Re: Finally! on Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:26 pm

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Hmm... I strangely I though Leroux's versions sadder seeing as it's the first novel and I found Kay's ending rushed.
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7 Re: Finally! on Sun Jun 24, 2007 4:35 pm

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Leroux's novel is very confusing and jumps all over the place. Being a writer myself, I can tell that he wanted to fit too many genres in to one, and the result was muddled, to put it mildly. Kay's version is not rushed at all. Explain what you mean.
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Her ending had Erik and Christine having sex together, and that made his death very tragic.


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8 Re: Finally! on Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:04 pm

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I think I understand what she means...

Kay's ending was one of those endings where the author, even though Erik's fate is sealed, gives him a "happy ending." Her ending isn't much like the POM one where it goes over the top to an annoyance level Neutral but Kay did try to make things more fluff for him at the end, thus giving a rushed ending.

I didn't like that she then switched to Raoul's POV. I'm sorry but Raoul?! I did't want to know what happened to him at the end.

To be honest, since the whole idea of the book was a biography of sorts for the Phantom, the epiloge was a bit too long and maybe strayed a bit.

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9 Re: Finally! on Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:15 pm

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Viscountess duBois wrote:
I didn't like that she then switched to Raoul's POV. I'm sorry but Raoul?! I did't want to know what happened to him at the end.
To be honest, since the whole idea of the book was a biography of sorts for the Phantom, the epiloge was a bit too long and maybe strayed a bit.
Just my opinion, I know nothing about real writing

I know what you mean, but, I did like the idea of
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Christine's child being Erik's and not Raoul's, an idea later adopted for POM.
It made the Erik/Christine relationship more vivid and passionate, albeit not exactly what I like to see in any POTO story. I'm a conservative of the Leroux version, allt he way! Smile


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