The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

eBook - 2002
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Haunting readers since its first publication in 1911, the classic story of the disfigured Erik who haunts the Paris Opera House and secretly trains singer Christine Daa, leading to an obsessive love and pattern of fear and violence, remains a riveting journey into the darkest regions of the human heart. This updated edition features a new introduction to the gothic horror classic.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2002.
ISBN: 9780307432483
Characteristics: 1 online resource (267 p.)


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FPL_RachelR Oct 06, 2020

I love this spooky book! It’s a perfect cozy October read. Mystery, suspense, romance. I have yet to see a modern adaptation that holds a candle to this original novel. Speaking of candles, here’s a line from one of the haunting scenes:

“And [Raoul] rose, hunted about, went round the room. He looked under his bed, like a child. Then he thought himself absurd, got into bed again and blew out the candle. The eyes reappeared.”

Jul 05, 2020

One of my favorite books ever. I love the musical too, but that came later. I already loved the book first.

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.

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