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The Phantom of the Opera Mass Market Paperback – Dec 30 1987

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Revised ed. edition (Dec 30 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060809248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060809249
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.3 x 17.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 199 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A Gothic novel of romance, honour and tragedy with a creepy, obsessive underbelly."
— Daily Telegraph

"A venerable, much-adapted story of grand, delicate feelings and gothic creepiness."
— New York Times

"Mixes horror and romance in equal measure."
— Guardian
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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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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I bought this book about a year after discovering and falling in love with the music of Sarah Brightman, the lovely British diva who for several years played the role of Christine Daae in Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical "Phantom of the Opera." After seeing parts of the play re-enacted, and after listening to Sarah for a while, I figured I had to read the original story for myself just to see how good it really was. I found this book in a used book shop for about a dollar, bought it instantly, and finished it in a week.
I think this is a very good story because of the sophisticated characterizations of the people in it, and because of the several intriguing scenes created, scenes which do an effective job of conveying a sense of mystery. However, I do have to agree with another reviewer in this list, that the style is rather heavy and can be tedious to someone who is accustomed to light and fast-moving stories. There are times when one must concentrate and make an effort to read and mentally absorb the 19th-century prose. but it is worth the effort. It's not a great story, but it is a good one, worth reading again.
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The story had an undoubtedly spine-tingling effect on me as no classic horror had ever had. For one thing, the story is fast-paced, loaded with facsinating mysteries that provokes the reader to wonder about his or her theory of this undoubtedly complete masterpiece. The beautifully woven language smoothes out the plot and the constant change of emotions just stops the reader from breathing, but makes them exhale and inhale instead. The reader is at times filled with grief and horror at the ugliness of Erik, and yet could not help but admire his ways of living, and pity his life. Such achievement is not to be missed. Some would be apalled by Christine and her cute fiance's misunderstanding, and others, having read more romance novels, will claim that there is something more to such true love. It is such characteristics that creat our mixed feelings combined that makes this story exciting and thrilling from beginning to end--where love leaves its mark by different ways throughout different parts of the story. And it is such true love, no different, and each no weaker than the other competing for the same woman at the same time that makes love more dangerous than a demon, and more interesting for the reader. Yet the story, in a way, does not end like other such Gothic romances, in a way, the story's ending is both happy and sad. Erik had got the only kiss of his life even though he died. Even though Christine did not love him as she did Raoul, she was the most compassionate person toward him. And Raoul, through many difficulties, finally discovered his true love. It is such happy yet sad endings that satisfies the human heart after a thrilling and adventurous horror experience. Like an adventurous person resting while satisfying his fans. Thus, to conclude, Gaston Leroux's "Phantom of the Opera" was a satisfying and hair--raising piece of horror that did its job--in an admirably clever way.
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The Phantom of the Opera was cute. It wasn't a masterpiece, and there is nothing much to distinguish it. I say I would have liked it more if did not end with this beautiful "and they lived happily ever after" conclusion for Christine and Raoul. That is so common in literature, a tale of two lovers for whom all is well at the end. But that's quite besides the point. You see, it was a mystery thriller, not anything outstanding. It was entertaining, but not something one is likely to remember for the remainder of his life. In short it was not much different than the common mystery thriller, with maybe a touch of character (and that all with the behalf of the phantom), and I would suggest to first see the musical, otherwise the chances are slim to none that the book will leave any impression on you. See, when you read a classic (like say, Crime and Punishment) at the end you feel like you've just lived an other's life and have been through the deepest passions and the most impressionable feelings. You have a certain longing for human life (or for simply life) as you have just experienced. You feel like you have just been through a miracle simply from reading the book which is so radiant in expression. One doesn't achieve such a feeling with the Phantom of the Opera. What can I say, it's just another cheap thriller. It's not a classic. It's not a book to be contemplated, pondered, or analysed. I believe that the only feeling ever affected by this book came through its brake as a musical, which was a truly amasing composition. Its humour its pleasing, but I would not say it in the least profound or refined. The meaning of the book is vague, and I am inclined to think it has no meaning. It was certainly not what I expected.Read more ›
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