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The Phantom of the Opera [Abridged] [Mass Market Paperback]

Gaston Leroux
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Sept. 8 1998
The lights dim at the Paris Opera House. The exquisite Christine Daae enraptures the audience with her mellifluous voice. Immediately, Raoul de Chagny falls deeply in love. But the legend of the disfigured "opera ghost" haunts the performance, and as Raoul begins his pursuit of Christine, he is pulled into the depths of the opera house, and into the depths of human emotions. Soon Raoul discovers that the ghost is real and that he wields a terrifying power over Christine--a power as unimaginable as the ghost's masked face. As Raoul and the ghost vie for Christine's love, a journey begins into the dark recesses of the human heart, where desire, vulnerability, fear, and violence unravel in a tragic confrontation.

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“Ingenious . . . breathless suspense.”—The Nation


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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. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A thriller of a romance! May 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Phantom of the Opera incorporates mystery, romance, and horror to create a fascinating story that relates to heart and soul.
Don't be fooled by the title of the novel, because it is not only about a scary little phantom that runs around the Paris Opera House, scaring staff, performers, and patrons alike, but a story of love, fate, and the scrutiny of life. The first chapters of the novel are a bit slow for a faced paced reader, but gradually pick up as the novel progresses. As everyone knows the story is set in late 19th century Paris and it's magnificent opera house as the stage, where numerous key scenes take place. Apparently, many performers and staff experience a series of bizarre incidents which become attributed to the "Opera Ghost" a dark, mysterious figure who threatens with violent means if his demands are not met.
The story has three central characters-Christine Daae, the beautiful young opera singer, the Viscount de Chagny (Raoul), who has been in love with Christine since their childhood, and lastly, the Phantom (Erik), who is a horribly disfigured but musical genius, obsessed with winning the affection of Christine which he desires so much. Eric disguises himself as "the Angel of Music," which allows him to gain her trust when his vocal lessons bring out the passion in her voice and the envy of her peers. When his love is turned down and his face is unmasked, the dark side of Eric-a.k.a the Phantom-is revealed to her. This love torn relationship would arise a conflict when Christine, Raoul, and Eric are confronted by their feelings and the understanding that only one man can have her love. In the end, there is a sense of sympathy that is understandable for the pain which the Phantom has endured.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No one sees the Angel Jan. 10 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The mask, the music, the dark mysteries, and the tortured, deformed genius who just wants love. "The Phantom of the Opera" is so well known that its story needs no explanation.

But Gaston Leroux's novel is still a spellbinding experience, full of atmospheric horror, a sense of gothic mystery, and lushly evocative language. But its crown jewel is Erik: a magnificently tortured anti-hero who inspires more horror, pity and sympathy than the rather flat hero and heroine.

The Paris opera house is said to be haunted by a ghost with a "death's head," who demands a small salary and a reserved box. Despite the sightings and fears of ballerinas and stagehands, the new managers are determined to stamp out this ridiculous story -- despite threatening letters and increasing accidents that happen around them.

Meanwhile, budding diva Christine Daae is taking Paris by storm, although nobody quite knows who taught her how to sing. And when her childhood friend Viscount Raoul de Chagny pays her a visit, he hears a passionate exchange between her and a man -- but there's no man there. She credits her new vocal abilities to the Angel of Music, but of course, that self-same Angel is the opera ghost.

As the Phantom becomes even more attached to Christine, Raoul soon finds that the ghost is actually a half-mad, horribly deformed musical genius named Erik -- and that after Christine saw his true face, he made her become engaged to him. The young lovers plan to run away together, but the "Angel of Music" isn't about to allow his beloved Christine to leave him...

Apparently there actually were some odd events -- including rumours of an opera ghost -- happening when Gaston Leroux began writing "The Phantom of the Opera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No one sees the Angel Sept. 7 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The mask, the music, the dark mysteries, and the tortured, deformed genius who just wants love. "The Phantom of the Opera" is so well known that its story needs no explanation.

But Gaston Leroux's novel is still a spellbinding experience, full of atmospheric horror, a sense of gothic mystery, and lushly evocative language. But its crown jewel is Erik: a magnificently tortured anti-hero who inspires more horror, pity and sympathy than the rather flat hero and heroine.

The Paris opera house is said to be haunted by a ghost with a "death's head," who demands a small salary and a reserved box. Despite the sightings and fears of ballerinas and stagehands, the new managers are determined to stamp out this ridiculous story -- despite threatening letters and increasing accidents that happen around them.

Meanwhile, budding diva Christine Daae is taking Paris by storm, although nobody quite knows who taught her how to sing. And when her childhood friend Viscount Raoul de Chagny pays her a visit, he hears a passionate exchange between her and a man -- but there's no man there. She credits her new vocal abilities to the Angel of Music, but of course, that self-same Angel is the opera ghost.

As the Phantom becomes even more attached to Christine, Raoul soon finds that the ghost is actually a half-mad, horribly deformed musical genius named Erik -- and that after Christine saw his true face, he made her become engaged to him. The young lovers plan to run away together, but the "Angel of Music" isn't about to allow his beloved Christine to leave him...

Apparently there actually were some odd events -- including rumours of an opera ghost -- happening when Gaston Leroux began writing "The Phantom of the Opera.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No one sees the angel
The mask, the music, the dark mysteries, and the tortured, deformed genius who just wants love. "The Phantom of the Opera" is so well known that its story needs no... Read more
Published on May 21 2008 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars No one sees the angel
The mask, the music, the dark mysteries, and the tortured, deformed genius who just wants love. "The Phantom of the Opera" is so well known that its story needs no... Read more
Published on March 25 2008 by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars No one ever sees the Angel
The mask, the music, the dark mysteries, and the tortured, deformed genius who just wants love. "The Phantom of the Opera" is so well known that its story needs no... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2008 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Earliest � One of the best!
Originally written in 1910, Leroux's novel became one of the precursors of the modern-day detective novel with a mixture of adventure, romance and some terrifying sequences. Read more
Published on May 8 2005 by Kerry Slattery
4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Interesting Horror Novel I've Ever Read
"The Phantom of the Opera" is set in the Paris Opera House in the 1800's. The manager has just retired and two other gentlemen have taken his place. Read more
Published on July 19 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Want To Read Something Amazing
If you want to read something amazing, read the Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. It's a mystery and at the same time an aventure. There's a Forrest, a river and other places. Read more
Published on June 17 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Masquerade
The character developement in this book is absolutely excellent.
I would recommend it to anyone who wanted a good thriller, an interesting love story, or who wanted to know... Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars I HEART ERIK
I bought this book on a whim and read it when I had nothing better to do, and it exceeded my expectations by far! Read more
Published on Feb. 8 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom of the Opera
I just love the phantom of the opera.It takes place in Paris,France which I would love to see someday.Erik A.K.A the phantom is a outcast,because he was born wrong. Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, horrifying editing
Shame on the editor of this book! The incredible research that went into this book is belittled by the fact that it is not very well written. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2004 by Winona Patterson
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