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This thrilling novel and its many adaptations have captured the imaginations of countless audiences throughout the 20th century. The mystery classic featuring the "ghost" of the famed Paris landmark tells a gripping tale of human desire, fear, and violence before it resolves itself in a shocking and tragic confrontation.
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Dover Publications (April 22, 2004)
Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
Fantastic Reading of The Phantom
3 people found this helpful.
on August 29, 2014
I borrowed this recording from the library some years ago and loved it so much I ended up searching for it again and found it here.
"There is some music that is so terrible that it consumes all those who approach it…"
on May 9, 2016
By Don Kidwell
I read this Gothic suspense classic after long last having finally seen the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. This well-formatted Open Road publication starts with a fine introduction (lacking in the freebie version put together by volunteers) that contains a brief bio of the author as well as mention of film versions of the acclaimed novel making it all the more interesting. Book did bring back the memories together with a fine finish (just like the musical) that was overall a good read as for me!
A Long-Time Favorite
on February 26, 2017
This has long been one of my favorites. The twists and turns in this plot are so complex and riveting. Leroux has you on the end of your seat waiting for the finale. Just a note on the copy I received—since this book might be coming from any seller, do not expect it to look exactly like the picture above. The copy I received was very tiny, but still served its purposed. 🙂
Worth the Buy!
2 people found this helpful.
on September 29, 2015
By Kindle Customer
Coward’s translation is arguably the best English translation currently on the market. As someone who, as a general rule, does not buy something when it’s in the public domain, this is definitely worth it. The little details, the mood, excellently translated dialogue, all the things that are generally left out of Phantom translations are in this version. As a Phantom of the Opera fan for roughly twelve years I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with even the tiniest spark of interest in the story of the mad, disfigured genius who falls in love.
This novel has it all!
on January 22, 2008
I read this novel for the first time about 4 years ago and I knew then I just had to teach it. I’ve been using this particular translation in my 8th grade classroom for the past 3 years because, in my opinion, it is the best one out there. The language is beautiful, and there is so much that can be analyzed and discussed. I look forward to teaching it every year! Each year the students whine when I give them such a long book, but when they have finished it, they admit that it was actually good! Then when we compare it to the 2004 Andrew Lloyd Webber film, almost all of them say that the book was much better!
If you enjoyed the show or the movie read this.
on July 29, 2017
By G and L
Though not originally a horror, it is well written in the 19th century style of a detective drama. For horror stick to the 1925 silent movie or the 1929 sound re-release of the Lon Chaney classic by the same title. I read this in Paris, noting the various streets & places making it all the more vivid.
The Phantom of the Opera -Reveiw-
on June 4, 2012
This story has been a favorite of mine ever since I heard the song written for the title of the musical. I have always wanted to see the musical, but have not been so lucky yet. Instead I’ve had to settle with the 2004 movie. Reading the original novel by Gaston Leroux has made me love this story even more. Such excitement, romance and thrill around each corner. It is quite different from the movie or the musical, but there are some scenes in which if you know the story of music can be pulled from the book. Gaston’s phantom character “Erik” has you both fearing him and as mentioned in the book “pittying” him for in some cases it seems at times he comes across as more of a teenage boy with the ever changing hormones then a grown man because of his dabiltation “ugliness”. With no real feeling towards his wrong doings unitl maybe his end. All in all it is a fantastic story, dramatic characters of all kinds and avvery exciting read and keeps you wanting more.
on March 5, 2015
By Jace E
It’s ok but doesn’t give enough of the story. There aren’t a lot of words. It’s a really dumbed down watery version. Kids can handle a lot more than this over simplified plot. And the book is quite short. Bought it for 6 year old to prepare her for the broadway play but she enjoyed and learned more about the story from the DVD of the play. Probably good for 4 year olds or kids with a very mild interest in the full story but not good for a theater loving kid who enjoys and understands some emotionally complicated stories.
Reading It For The 600th Time
on July 30, 2016
I got my first copy of this when I was ten years old, and I decided it was high time to get a hardcover. This is indeed the original (if I need to specify). The book is very different from the movie, and I have to say it’s better. I’ve read it through several times, and will continue to do so! The story and the writing style are amazing!
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