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The Phantom of the Opera Mass Market Paperback – Abridged, Sep 8 1998


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Abridged edition (Sept. 8 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440227747
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440227748
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 177 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,336,071 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wood on 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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(Note that this review is for the Harper-Perennial Library edition or mass market paperback)

"He is extraordinarily thin and his dress-coat hangs on a skeleton frame. His eyes are so deep that he can that you can hardly see his fixed pupils. You just see two big black holes, as in a dead man's skull.

His skin, which is stretched across his bones like a drumhead, is not white, but a nasty yellow. His nose is so little worth talking about that you can't see it side-face, and the absence of that nose is a horrible thing to look at.

All the hair he has is three or four long dark locks on his forehead and between his ears."

The above comes from the beginning of the first chapter of this mesmerizing novel by French writer Gaston Leroux (1868 to 1927). The above is an actual description of the "opera ghost," more commonly known as the "phantom of the opera."

This story was first published as a serialisation in a French daily newspaper in France from September 1909 to January 1910.

The genre of this novel is gothic. (That is, it combines fiction, horror, and Romanticism.) Its subjects are a unique combination of romance and mystery.

This story is a haunting and enduring tale that has fascinated readers for more than a century. Set in the Paris Opera House of 1881, it is a powerful story that pits the powers of:

(1) Evil and good
(2) Reality and illusion
(3) Sensuality and death.

Finally, the most notable performances based on this novel are the realistic 1925 silent film starring Lon Chaney and the sanitized 1986 musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 10 2009
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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