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4.0 out of 5 stars An Erotic Phanfic, 4 Feb. 2010
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This review is from: Unmasqued: An Erotic Novel of the Phantom of the Opera (Paperback)
As a lover of Phantom fiction, I was intrigued with the idea of this book, but was hesitant to pick it up. After consulting with friends who had read it, I decided to give it a go, and was nicely rewarded.

I enjoyed the first half of the novel that detailed the physical relationship growing between Erik and Christine, which was a series of soft-porn vignettes. Christine is much different from Leroux's creation, now an impure (since her sixteenth birthday, we are told), sexually-adventurous woman who knows the ways of men and women. Erik is her mysterious and sensual Angel of Music, striving to bring her to greater and greater heights of passion while delaying and denying her the ultimate sexual experience. The author makes no bones about describing sexual congress, which is to be expected in an erotica novel. At times it is arousing, but at times it is disturbing - Erik's calculating manipulation of the vulnerable Christine, and the slow and insidious way he takes possession of her body and soul.

The characters of Christine, Raoul, his brother Philippe and Madame Giry are in particular altered from the conceptions of Leroux and Kay. Raoul is a selfish knave, lusting blatantly after Christine when he knows she loves another. Philippe is a highly-disturbing sadomasochist, and the scenes which include him border on violent rape, which becomes more extreme as the novel progresses. Madame Giry, no longer the diffident ballet mistress, is a randy, worldly woman who teaches her young ballet students how to deal with men, and she herself deals with the managers in the way that pleases her best. Her scenes are, if a little odd, funny at times as she manipulates the hapless managers.

The second half of the novel is a much more disturbing orgy of violence and depravity at the Chagny estate after the fire at the Opera House. Raoul becomes more and more like his odious brother, who schemes to have Christine at any cost, even murder. Christine descends lower and lower into the pit of depravity and fear, and is at the last moment redeemed in the arms of her one true love - Erik.
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Initial post: 14 Jun 2011 21:52:38 BDT
Last edited by the author on 14 Jun 2011 21:53:17 BDT
Lector says:
S.D.S, Hi there! Having just finished reading the amazing Prof. Camille Paglia's classic book; 'Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson', I wonder what she'd make of this erotic story! She'd probably take it in her stride and think it was all so perfectly and predictably natural, I suppose! I don't know if you are familiar with her book at all?

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2011 22:45:58 BDT
I have not read it, but it shall go on my wish list.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2011 03:27:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jun 2011 03:52:58 BDT
Lector says:
Ok, I'd be interested to know what you think of it. I believe it to be quite one of the most remakable and interesting books that I've ever read, in particular the chapter: 'Sex And Violence, Nature or Art'. When I first came across it, I thought, well, maybe it's a just a little too heavy for me, though it's subject matter is right up my street, but then it all progressively seemed to make perfect sense... Oh and I noticed that you have Aileen Wuornos's book; 'Monster: My Story' on your wish list too. I assume you've seen the documentary maker, Nick Broomfield's, films on her? Very enlightening, I thought, and quite sad too. I think I'll add that one to my own Wish List.

I also noticed that you have studied languages. Well I am trying to learn German, though I find the grammar (any grammer) at best very difficult. But a local librarian, who is German herself, tells me that my pronunciation ist aus gezeichnet, so I'll plod on learning a bit more, if ever-so slowly. Actually I gave myself a kind of head start with the pronunciation, as many years ago I had a slight tendency to stammer, which bothered me quite a bit at the time, and always having simply liked the sound of the German language for it's aesthetic quality and how every letter is pronounced so phonetically crisply and clearly, I thought it might help me. So I went out and bought a book on German poetry, and just read and read my way through that, barely understanding a word mind you! Actually, with an increase in general self-confidence, I felt it went a long way to practically curing the problem. But regarding language-learning techniques, I've always been puzzled that I've never come across, nor heard of, a system which teaches a litteral translation system throughout, eg, English: 'She visited her friend'. German: 'Her friend she visited' (if indeed that is the correct grammar translation anyway!). I'd be interested to know what your views are on the most effective way/s to learn a language, other than living in the respective country, which presumably is generally recognised as the best?
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