The Phantom of the Opera Mass Market Paperback – Dec 30 1987
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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."
--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.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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This is actually the first time where I've watched the movie first and then read the book. I enjoyed the book a lot although the movie was quite different. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Author Samreen Ahsan
Phantom of the opera is a book of twists, turns and shocking secrets. With every page I read, I only became more intrigued and hooked. Read morePublished 14 months ago by thebooknerd_360
(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... Read more
Great read. If you like gothic/suspense novels, this is for you.Published 22 months ago by Mooncakes
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