The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Book rating: 04 Hardback Collector's Library

By (author) Gaston Leroux, Afterword by Peter Harness

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  • Publisher: Collector's Library
  • Format: Hardback | 312 pages
  • Dimensions: 102mm x 148mm x 20mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Cirencester
  • ISBN 10: 190463379X
  • ISBN 13: 9781904633792
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 51,170

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Strange things are going on at the Paris Opera House: a mysterious phantom-a skeleton in dinner dress-is wreaking havoc amongst the singers and the backstage staff. When new managers take over, and dismiss the rumors of the Opera Ghost, the terror really begins. Who is the mysterious figure stalking the stage at night? How can he be everywhere at once, and enter and leave locked rooms at will? And what is his connection to the beautiful and talented young soloist, Christine? Gaston Leroux's brilliant and disturbing book is best known, perhaps, through its many stage and screen adaptations, but the original text outdoes them all in its gothic tension and its haunting horror.

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Gaston Leroux was born in Paris in 1868. He grew up on the Normandy coast, where he developed a passion for fishing and sailing. Upon reaching adulthood, he qualified as a lawyer, but upon his father's death, his received a large inheritance, and left the law to become a writer. He first found fame as an investigative reporter on L'Echo de Paris, and travelled the world in a variety of disguises, reporting on a wide range of topics from volcanic eruptions to palace revolutions. In 1907, he changed career once again, and started work as a novelist, finding critical and commercial success with works such as The Mystery of the Yellow Room (1907) and The Phantom of the Opera (1911). Leroux continued to be a prolific writer until his death in 1927-the result of complications following an operation.

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By Irene 07 Aug 2014 4

Read the book because I really like the musical. The book is way darker than the musical, and it's full of horror, dungeons, mysteries and ghosts. I liked it very much.

Swedish Christine Daa�??�?�© is the main character and she works in the opera in Paris. Her father, a rather well-known musician, has recently died, and he promised before his death that he would send her an "angel of music" to guide her in her lessons.
One day, at the opera, she hears a beautiful singing voice, and this voice starts giving her singing lessons. Christine thinks this voice is the promised "angel of music" her father told her about. Eventually, she gets really good at singing, and later Raol (childhood friend of hers) visits the opera where he hears her singing. He falls in love, and this makes the "angel of music" very jealous.
This angel of music is called Eric, and in reality he is not a spirit, an angel, a ghost or a phantom, but he is a deformed human who's lived through a fire, but escaped with awful wounds which again became horrifying scars.
Eric, the Phantom of the Opera, is also in love with Christine. From here, the story takes many turns and bends, one more horrifying than the other, and it really is a good horror story where love also plays a part.

Beautiful book edition (Collector's Library) and a good story. 4/5 stars