The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

eBook - 2019
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First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine's childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous 'ghost' of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster.
Publisher: Norderstedt : Books on Demand, 2019.
ISBN: 9782322093137
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Apr 11, 2018

Boring, overly dramatic, and not at all scary, intriguing, or mysterious. The characters are stupid, manipulative, psychotic, and not well developed. The romance was not engaging or interesting at all.

Mar 06, 2018

I read this book for the "A Book Written Before 1920" part of my 2018 reading challenge. I enjoyed it, it was much like the musical but also provided a lot more back story. It made it much more "real" and less fantasy.

Jul 29, 2017

I had never seen the musical or read the book before this, so I had no prior knowledge of the story. I loved it! It was so interesting and suspenseful that I read it in one sitting. The story does take a while to pick up speed, but the slowness actually added to it for me, because I kept wondering what would happen. Additionally, the Phantom was an AMAZING character. Such a believable villain, yet not completely evil, he was perfect. The ending almost felt flat after all the excitement, but I liked it. I would definitely recommend this one! (Also, I love the song, "The Phantom of the Opera." So good!)

Jul 27, 2017

I was taken aback because I only saw the movie and reading the book opened doors that were previously closed. The tension just kept building up to a sad ending but I loved it anyways.

Feb 16, 2017

If you saw the movie or the musical, then this is a must read. Great character development and moving plot. More depth than the musical could ever achieve and I Loved the musical!

For those avid readers who are drawn into the story and need to know Erik's life beginning with his birth, read Phantom by Susan Kay. This book is a great addition to the Original classic The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and the (2004) movie or the (25th Anniversary) musical of the Phantom of the Opera.

Dec 10, 2016

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOOVE this book. I watched the movie and have the CD to it on my iPod. The book has a lot more detail and plot to it, and the movie is a musical! The only part I was kind of confused on was the flaming skull and the mirror room. The book is a lovely Mystery-Horror-Romance book that every body should read. A phantom in love with an opera singer, but like Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed lovers. One from the world of life and beauty and the other from a pit of disrepair, loneliness, and pity. I feel bad for the phantom because of his situation. If you watched the movie than read the book, if you read the book then watch the movie, and if you have done both than listen to the CD. Gaston Leroux is a grate author and the Michigan libraries need more of his books. That's my two cents.

zhbonk Sep 02, 2014

"The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux- truly an amazing book, and also rather inspirational- depending on how you look at it, I suppose.
Romantic, touching, and terribly gripping, with moments all through the book that have you on the edge of your seat, "The Phantom of the Opera" is truly a delight.

The characters were clearly (and wonderfully!) portrayed, and I find myself turning to them time and time again, unable to resist this perfectly written tale.

Would recommend to anyone who likes murder mysteries (or just mysteries in general) with a touch of romance... and a whole lot of action!

SkylarkShadow Apr 21, 2012

If you liked this book, you should read "The Phantom of Paris", which is a sequel to this book. It's written beautifully, and is a good story.

Apr 17, 2012

This is an amazing novel. The book is written as an investigation into the disappearance of the two protagonists, Raoul and Christine, and since they're not narrating it you don't know what's going to happen until the very end. The "investigation" is also very creatively portrayed, and the narrator pieces together bits of narrative from different sources to solve the mystery. The characters are great, and the romance between Raoul and Christine is very sweet.

Although the novel was written a century ago, unlike some classics, his writing style is quite accessible and modern. As classics go, it's a remarkably fast-paced read.

If you're a fan of the musical (which is based on this book), you will find ALW diverged from the book in several important respects, mainly involving the three main characters: Raoul, Christine and Erik. IMO, the book characters are far superior. In this, Raoul is much more interesting, and Erik is dark and menacing, and not portrayed in such a romantic way. The author does sympathize with Erik's plight, but doesn't whitewash the terrible crimes he committed for the sake of portraying him like a romantic figure.

katrina314159 Nov 12, 2009

One of my favourite novels, gripping the whole way through.

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