The Phantom of the Opera (Oxford World’s Classics)

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A mysterious Phantom haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House where he has fallen passionately in love with the beautiful singer Christine Daaé. Under his guidance her singing rises to new heights and she is triumphantly acclaimed. But Christine is also loved by Raoul de Chagny, and by returning his love she makes the fiend she knows as the Angel of Music mad with jealousy. When the Phantom is finally unmasked, will Christine see beyond his hideous disfigurement? The twists and turns of Leroux's thrilling story have captivated readers since its very first appearance in 1910, and its outlines are known to many more who have seen it on stage or film. This new translation is as full-blooded and sensational as the original.
David Coward's introduction tells the fascinating story of the novel's genesis, and his thorough notes further illuminate details of the narrative. Christine's plight, the fate of Erik, and the redemptive power of love make an unforgettable novel.

Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World’s Classics
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199694575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199694570
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.6 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces

Customer Reviews

A Great New Translation of Leroux’s Classic

8 people found this helpful.
 on July 21, 2014
By Jacob A. Davis
Of the six translations of Leroux’s classic pulp mystery/gothic horror novel (de Mattos, Bair, Wolf, Lofficier, Ribiére, and now Coward), Coward’s may be the one to beat. All have their qualities, but Coward works from the most complete of the French editions and manages to capture a very colorful, readable tone in his work. Coward clearly has a strong command of French (of which he is a professor at Leeds) and good, literary English. This translation of the book has an unmistakably British voice, which lends to its place alongside Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories of the same period. Meanwhile, the introduction, appendix, and notes work well in helping the reader understand the context and cultural references of the story.

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.

Best translation currently out there

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 3, 2014
By Alouette
Best translation currently out there, before I read this one I had only read De Mattos translation; it felt like I was reading a completely different book!

Good read

 on January 18, 2015
By Kindle Customer
I am not a fan of Andrew Webber’s musical so this review is based strictly on the novel. Most people will enjoy this book although fans of blood and gore modern horror will be disappointed at just how agreeable everyone is to everyone else. At times the story drags, in my opinion due to the author’s original serialization where word count might be blamed for a given scene taking too long or breaking the mood of the book. Thankfully these moments are few and Leroux is off again chronicling the end of days for Erick, the voice of the Angel.

No one sees the Angel

5 people found this helpful.
 on March 2, 2012
By EA Solinas
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.

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