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The Phantom of the Opera (1910)

by Gaston Leroux

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A viscount seeks to unravel the mystery of the Paris Opera House and rescue the woman he loves from the threat of the phantom of the opera.
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Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

1880 Paris, the famed Palais Garnier Opera House is rumored to be haunted. With the death of a stage hand and other mysterious events, people begin to wonder. Then rising Opera Star Christine is set to replace Carlotta, the lead Soprano after a mysterious illness.

When Raoul overhears Christine talking to a mysterious man in her dressing room, he begins to suspect it the the infamous "ghost". Raoul is in love with Christine and will do what ever it takes to protect her, at any cost.

Told with raw emotions, Gaston Leroux brings out the depth of feeling among his characters, breathing life into each one. Phantom of the Opera is a classic (tragic) love story to be cherished for all time. (A) must read for those all. ( )
  SheriAWilkinson | Sep 23, 2021 |
Beautifully written and mesmerizing. I was transformed into a different world of not only underground the Opera house but also the deep deep pains and desires of the human soul. The need to connect, be appreciated, be understood and shown compassion. I believe Eric is not a monster, I believe all his bad deeds were the result of loneliness and rejection. It all came out because of the levels of pain he felt inside. Humans created the phantom by rejecting and outcasting Eric. I think that no matter how different a person is, humans should learn to accept and portrey empathy. Only then, we as a race would have hope of becoming great. ( )
  Douna1980 | Sep 3, 2021 |
Can't understand all the glowing reviews, most of the book is stilled ,difficult to understand and dull as ditch water ,no characters coming alive,it is laughable at times not frightening...
The only quite good part is the chapters written by the Persian, these are totally different ,engaging ,slightly thrilling, hardly creditable that they are by the same author. ( )
  SarahKDunsbee | Aug 2, 2021 |
This ends much differently then the musical. I rather liked having much more background on the opera ghost. I missed the beautiful music though. I didn't give it 5 stars because the language felt funny as I read it. That slowed down the flow ( )
  GlenRH | Jul 26, 2021 |
The fascinating “true” story behind Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s classic musical and later 1994 film, this is a fascinating historical novel that is itself historical fiction. Originally written in 1911, Leroux based the now famous tale of a legendary figure haunting the cellars of the Paris Opera House. An investigative journalist by trade, Leroux was inspired to research this literal ghost story, which inspired The Phantom of the Opera, which Leroux laid down with excellent research as a true account.

A must-read for lovers of the film (and perhaps the musical, which, alas I have sadly never seen), you’ll be fascinated by the research and purported events that inspired this well-known tale. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Jul 9, 2021 |
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Leroux, Gastonprimary 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
Hitoshi, WakanaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Matlock, JannIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Muramatsu, SadafumiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perkins, RachelIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ribière, MireilleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Roche, IsabelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teague, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Teixeira de Mattos, AlexanderTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whitener, BarrettNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Who, though he is not at all ghostly, is nevertheless,

like Erik, an Angel of Music


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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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A viscount seeks to unravel the mystery of the Paris Opera House and rescue the woman he loves from the threat of the phantom of the opera.

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141035935, 0141191503

Tantor Media

2 editions of this book were published by Tantor Media.

Editions: 1400102766, 1400108993

Urban Romantics

2 editions of this book were published by Urban Romantics.

Editions: 1909676659, 1909676667

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