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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:34 am

Chapters nine and ten were okay. I keep trying to put things to music to no avail. I need to separate the musical and the book as two things as they are.
I'm curious as to how Christine's engagement will turn out, and I'm glad she still really loves Raoul the sissy.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:35 am

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I've been reading 2-3 chapters a day. That seems to be what everyone else is doing too, right?


Yeah, I think we agreed on two chapters a night with a discussion about each day or so. We've been keeping up with that pretty well.

By the way, did you ever find out about your copy's difference in chapter length?
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:36 am

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I've been reading 2-3 chapters a day. That seems to be what everyone else is doing too, right?


Yeah, I think we agreed on two chapters a night with a discussion about each day or so. We've been keeping up with that pretty well.

By the way, did you ever find out about your copy's difference in chapter length?

It seems like my chapters are shorter; that's why I've been reading 3 chapters occasionally instead.

I'm picking up your version from the library tomorrow though, so it should be easier then.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:39 am

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Tourterelle wrote:
I've been reading 2-3 chapters a day. That seems to be what everyone else is doing too, right?


Yeah, I think we agreed on two chapters a night with a discussion about each day or so. We've been keeping up with that pretty well.

By the way, did you ever find out about your copy's difference in chapter length?

It seems like my chapters are shorter; that's why I've been reading 3 chapters occasionally instead.

I'm picking up your version from the library tomorrow though, so it should be easier then.

Okay, that sounds great!

What part are you at? I'm at the part where, after the big confrontation at Mama's, Christine promises to send for Raoul in her dressing-room tomorrow and he walks along his girly way.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:42 am

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Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
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I've been reading 2-3 chapters a day. That seems to be what everyone else is doing too, right?


Yeah, I think we agreed on two chapters a night with a discussion about each day or so. We've been keeping up with that pretty well.

By the way, did you ever find out about your copy's difference in chapter length?

It seems like my chapters are shorter; that's why I've been reading 3 chapters occasionally instead.

I'm picking up your version from the library tomorrow though, so it should be easier then.

Okay, that sounds great!

What part are you at? I'm at the part where, after the big confrontation at Mama's, Christine promises to send for Raoul in her dressing-room tomorrow and he walks along his girly way.

I'm at the part where Raoul is freaking out about the "Red Death."
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sat Jan 24, 2009 2:46 am

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Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
Kelsey wrote:
Tourterelle wrote:
I've been reading 2-3 chapters a day. That seems to be what everyone else is doing too, right?


Yeah, I think we agreed on two chapters a night with a discussion about each day or so. We've been keeping up with that pretty well.

By the way, did you ever find out about your copy's difference in chapter length?

It seems like my chapters are shorter; that's why I've been reading 3 chapters occasionally instead.

I'm picking up your version from the library tomorrow though, so it should be easier then.

Okay, that sounds great!

What part are you at? I'm at the part where, after the big confrontation at Mama's, Christine promises to send for Raoul in her dressing-room tomorrow and he walks along his girly way.

I'm at the part where Raoul is freaking out about the "Red Death."

That's my chapter nine "At the Masked Ball" I've read through my chapter ten, but I haven't started chapter eleven yet.
I think the Red Death is the Phantom, (or Erik, as I must now call him as it has been revealed in the book). That might be because of the 2004 movie where Erik presents Don Juan to the masquers, dressed in red, but I still think it's him.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:29 am

I had to skip last night's so I guess we can discuss eleven through fourteen tomorrow sometime.
I do have this though:
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:20 pm

I finished Chapter 10. I've been really busy recently, which has been obvious by my lack of posts, but so far the book has been both enjoyable and wonderfully well written.
I don't know how many of you are familiar with Chinese tradition, but right now happens to be their equivalent of Christmas. It's best known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. Being half-Taiwanese, I have to travel to Taipei and see my relations. I will be without access to a computer, where I've been reading Phantom of the Opera and visiting this wonderfully website, which means I will have to drop out of this reading forum. Crying or Very sad I plan to finish the book when I can but I won't be able to catch up since my free time is too limited. It's been great reading this book with you, and I hope we can start another when this is over. Happy Chinese New Year
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:43 pm

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I finished Chapter 10. I've been really busy recently, which has been obvious by my lack of posts, but so far the book has been both enjoyable and wonderfully well written.
I don't know how many of you are familiar with Chinese tradition, but right now happens to be their equivalent of Christmas. It's best known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. Being half-Taiwanese, I have to travel to Taipei and see my relations. I will be without access to a computer, where I've been reading Phantom of the Opera and visiting this wonderfully website, which means I will have to drop out of this reading forum. Crying or Very sad I plan to finish the book when I can but I won't be able to catch up since my free time is too limited. It's been great reading this book with you, and I hope we can start another when this is over. Happy Chinese New Year

Well, have fun in Taipei! We'll miss your input, though. Have a happy Chinese New Year!
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:47 pm

Where is everybody in Phantom now? I love you
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:25 am

Well, I finished. (it was my second time)
I liked it, as I caught a lot of things I didn't before while I was rushing through it (Gaston can really jack up the suspense) Anyways ... anyone else?
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Mon Feb 09, 2009 2:17 pm

I admit, I am having trouble getting through it. I find it very confusing, and it drags at times. Any advice on how to keep going?

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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:54 pm

Does anyone want to discuss Phantom anymore? lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Feb 18, 2009 8:58 pm

I finished last weekend, but forgot to come on here! Oops.

Anyway, I thought it was very good. The character development was phenomenal, which is something I admire greatly in a novel.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:22 pm

I liked the book too. Like I said in the chat box, Raoul and Christine weren't my favorites ever.

Christine was constantly wringing her hands over telling Raoul something, while Raoul was always leaping up, prepared to fight. They kind of annoyed me.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:23 pm

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I liked the book too. Like I said in the chat box, Raoul and Christine weren't my favorites ever.

Christine was constantly wringing her hands over telling Raoul something, while Raoul was always leaping up, prepared to fight. They kind of annoyed me.

And I think they were supposed to! I'll admit, they're not my favorite couple of people. They're both so... dumb.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:25 pm

That's the best way to put it, actually. They're just dumb.

What did you think about the ending, how Erik let Christine go because she wept for him?
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:32 pm

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That's the best way to put it, actually. They're just dumb.

What did you think about the ending, how Erik let Christine go because she wept for him?

I don't think she wept for him. I think she wept because of all that had happened and the way he was sobbing. I imagine it was stress. I think that Erik might have deluded himself into thinking Christine was a better girl than she was, though she could, of course, have been weeping for him. I'm glad he let her go, though.
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PostSubject: Re: Buddy Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux   Wed Feb 18, 2009 9:35 pm

She wept for her own situation and Raoul, I suppose.

I liked Erik's character, but he definitely was delusional. If that's all it took for him to give her up though, he should have done it sooner. She showed him what he would call affection before that, anyway.
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