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- File Size: 649 KB
- Print Length: 285 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1497587751
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 17, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0084AXZRI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- X-Ray: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
More of a horror than a love story
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This reads more like a horror story, than a love story. The core of this novel is submission and dominance, the abusive and blind passion and desire for beauty of someone, that has none. The Phantom in the book is dark, twisted ‘monster’ of a man, abused by a society, out of touch with the real world in fear that people would laugh at him. Living in the tunnels under the Paris Opera house, he kidnaps their main star, young Christine and holds her hostage in hopes she would begin to love him. It goes down a twisted path from there. The Phantom from the book is grittier – a real tortured soul, than the ‘pretty’, glorified and romanticized version in the movie, played by Gerard Butler. It’s a tragic story, but depicts the era and the human nature in its prettiest and ugliest forms perfectly.
Gothic Ghost Story
Who knew that The Phantom of the Opera is ACTUALLY a scary ghost story?!? I picked this book up expecting it would be a fun story that paralleled Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical for a bit of light reading. Boy was I wrong, but boy was I impressed at the same time. I couldn’t put the book down. The story drew me in and I could feel the presence of the Phantom in my own bedroom as I read. Reading this story with 20th century sociology in my head, I felt such pain for the ghost/phantom/monster, and even shed a tear while I was driving and thinking about the story. There is a particular line where the phantom reveals that his mother always shoved him away as a monster when he tried to kiss her forehead. So, he becomes the monster in the same way society treated him. While the story diverges in multiple ways from Weber’s stage rendition, I highly recommend this as a great Halloween read, or a late night story of love and anguish if you need a book to keep you up all night.
A Wonderful, Thrilling Classic
15 people found this helpful.
As a fan of the musical, I wanted to dive deeper into the story of the Phantom, Christine, and Raoul. I expected it to be dry and bland; little did I know that it would feature lots of exciting twists and turns as well as new characters that weren’t mentioned in the stage version. It is especially great for learning more about the characters we already know and love from the play. I highly recommend this book to anyone, even those who may not have seen the musical. Happy reading!
Love, Mystery, and Opera – The Enigmatic Erik
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The story behind the world famous musical – that’s what you are holding in your hands in some form. Let me tell you what you’re in for – a mysterious, tragic, romantic, comedic story of the trans-formative power of love, sacrifice, and, of course, Opera.
A classic that never gets old
This is one of those stories that is such a classic that it gets periodic remakes in every medium. It’s been retold in books (Susan Kay), masterfully parodied (Terry Pratchett), turned into a movie, a musical, you name it.
Such a great story!
I was afraid this book would be slow and dry, but I was pleasantly surprised at how great this story is! It terrified me, made me laugh, made me cry, made me think and never ceased to surprise me. I get bored with a book if it’s even a little slow or hard to follow, but this book held my interest and wouldn’t let go. There’s a lot of comedy in this book which modern readers will still find hilarious. The love story (both sides of it) is heart wrenching and beautiful. There are parts of this book that are super creepy. I was so scared after one of the chapters that I stayed awake until my husband was ready to go to bed because I was afraid to go to bed alone! This is one of those books that you can’t stop thinking about after you finish reading it.
The Phantom of the Opera
What can I say? This is the original Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux written in 1910. This is the story before the Phantom was glamourized on stage as a musical and in the 2004 movie starring Gerard Butler as the phantom. Everyone knows the story. A horribly disfigured man haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. The phantom comes and goes where he pleases without being seen. He has tutored the young Christine Daae because she has an amazing voice and he becomes infatuated with her. The phantom makes demands on the opera house and its staff. Eventually the phantom draws Christine into a situation where she has to choose between her boyfriend Raoul and the phantom. The final showdown leaves it up to the reader to decide whether Christine makes the right choice. I recommend this book to anyone whether an old or new fan of The Phantom of the Opera.
The Beginning of a Beautifully Twisted and Haunting World
I cannot help but compare Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version and movie to the original story by Leroux. Some similarities, but Webber’s Phantom is ‘softer’ than Leroux’s Phantom. How, you may ask? Leroux’s Phantom, is ‘death’, the architect is hugely shown in all the things he has created under the opera house and the specifics about his appearance can be ghastly. How he treats Christine is different too, his obsession with her, no matter what source, is strong, sometimes silly and sometimes very dark. The details of Leroux’s Phantom is scary and haunting and while I fell hard for Gerard Butler in the movie version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, enjoyed the London stage performance and followed up with ‘Love Never Dies’, I own an illustrated version of Leroux’s book and it has made me wonder was there ever a Phantom before the one Mr. Leroux brought to life for us? This is a must read for any Phantom lover. You might hate some parts and love others but it is very good to read the source that Mr. Webber pulled on for his lovely version.