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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera (1910)

by Gaston Leroux

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Maybe someone will kill me for saying this but I gotta say: I think wachting the musical play is far more exciting than the book that inspired it, although it's more complete. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
This is a book that inspired a whole trope - that is mystery ghost, killing people, demanding things, associated with basement of whatever venue he or she was haunting. And, like any book that inspires a trope, it has been adapted many times, from movies, stage plays, and a small Broadway musical that you might have heard of....

Of course, this is the original. And it is well written. At the time, I suspect this was suppose to be a scary story. Because of how well known this story is, its hard to be scared when you know the story.

As for the characters, Erik (the phantom) is a deeply trouble person. His deformity has led him to be rejected by humanity, which leads him to be a monster. The author is very clear on why Eric is the way he is. This makes the book weighty than it is on first glance. Its the monster versus the Angel.

In most adaptations, Erik is written as a musical genius, but in the original book, Erik is a genius of traps - able to make tortuous clock work that slowly kills his enemies. The traps are bit over the top - I can't imagine a man building these trap doors and secret passages without someone knowing - This is a theater with thousands of personnel who know this building front and back.

Christine is also interesting - she isn't just a damsel in distress whom the Phantom took an interest to. She is also smart - smart enough to know how to make Erik happy. She fears him, but also pities him. She knows what he is capable of. Christine's compassion of the Erik softens his image of the monster.

The other characters are mostly generic stereotypes, although the Persian is described as having ebony skin, which is interesting. He is the "Daroga" , or police chief in a major city in Persia, given the task of killing Eric after he completed the Sultana's torture chamber. The Viscount is fairly standard - a perfect gentleman, who is living for love, and will do anything for the love of his life, Christine.

The setting of this book, the Paris Opera House - is really well described. Leroux manages to show just how big this building is, how many people it employs - it is another major character. The book wouldn't be the same without it.

This book isn't perfect - some things go on too long, others not enough. The ending is rather anti-climatic, to easy, to unexpected. But, it is well written - with interesting characters. And, it is the start of a whole type of mystery books. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Feb 13, 2016 |
Book on CD narrated by Alexander Adams

Is there anyone left on the planet who doesn’t know this storyline? Christine Daaé is elevated from the ranks of the chorus to opera star, thanks to the private lessons by and the patronage of The Opera Ghost. “OG” (as he signs his notes to management) also sees to it that anyone standing in the way of his protégé meets with an accident or is otherwise persuaded to stand aside. But when Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, sees Christine at the Paris Opera House, he remembers the little girl whose scarf he rescued. Now he wants nothing more than to rekindle their relationship. Christine is drawn to Raoul, but still tightly in the grasp of the phantom she believes is the Angel of Music her father promised to send her when he was on his death bed.

The passion of the story, as well as the horror, mystery and danger, have kept it a favorite for over a century. It’s been adapted to film several times, and of course made into the hit musical by Andrew Lloyd Weber, but the novel does much more to explain The Phantom’s underlying psychology and twisted motivations.

I enjoyed the story, but it’s not really to my taste, and I found it hard to believe the characters. I think this may be partly due to Adams’s reading; he has a voice with an annoying tone. (Remember hearing those OLD news reels circa 1930s or 1940s? He sounds like those announcers.) At times I felt he was just reading words, without any feeling behind it. Other times I felt the emotion was just forced. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 2, 2016 |
It's an ok read, but I suggest seeing the stage play instead. ( )
  Belles007 | Jan 17, 2016 |
The classic tale of the opera ghost who becomes obsessed with a singer. I found parts of the story to be slow and it never really scared me. I did feel sorry for the opera ghost by the end of the book. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Gaston Lerouxprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, AlexanderNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bair, LowellTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cosham, RalphNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Flynn, John L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gibson, FloNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haining, PeterForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hildebrandt, GregoryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teague, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teixeira de Mattos, AlexanderTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitener, BarrettNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The opera ghost really existed.
None will ever be a true Parisian who has not learned to wear a mask of gaiety over his sorrows and one of sadness, boredom or indifference over his inward joy.
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blurb: In a cavernous, the lights dim. A beautiful young soprano, Christine Daae, comes onstage to sing Marguerite in Gounod’s ‘Faust’. In the audience, the Vicomte de Chagny is overcome with love. But unbeknownst to Chagny, he has a rival for the singer’s affections: the Opera Ghost, a spectre sometimes called the Angel of Music.This is the appropriately gothic set up for The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux’s enduringly popular thriller. With a plot as convoluted as the hidden passages beneath the opera house and a cast of characters as numerous as the chorus of Aida, the novel works its spell through a sheer accumulation of intricate detail and shadowy menace. A falling chandelier (taken from a true incident) and an underground lake add to the gloom and dread. The novel, richer than any of it’s adaptations, is best read at night, with the lights turned low, and with music - ‘Faust’, perhaps - playing softly in the background.

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The novel that inspired the Lon Chaney film and the hit musical. "The wildest and most fantastic of tales."--New York Times Book Review.

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A disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House falls in love with a beautiful soprano and, in his desperation to have his love returned, embarks on some terrifying means towards that end.

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