The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera

byGaston Leroux

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about thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. IN WHICH THE AUTHOR OF THIS SINGULAR WORK INFORMS THE READER HOW HE ACQUIRED THE CERTAINTY THAT THE OPERA GHOST REALLY EXISTE
Title:The Phantom of the OperaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:November 27, 2011Language:English

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ISBN - 10:2819923844

ISBN - 13:9782819923848


Rated 4 out of 5 by from dang I really enjoyed it a great classic & a must have/read for the fans it goes into more detail & backstory & that's always a good thing despite some peculiar retconned characters is everyone along with Erik below the theater eccentric as heck? lol (no seriously The Rat Catcher dude was so sudden & bizarre)
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book A great book for a great price. First saw Webber's musical adaptation and have finally now bought the original book for reading.
Date published: 2017-08-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not liked it To be honest, it was really slow so I did not enjoyed as others did or at all.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 Stars (Rounded To Four) I enjoyed this novel, but I didn't love it as much as I was expecting. I liked the old-fashioned feel of the writing and author's voice; I love to sit down with a good classic every now and then. But the story itself left something to be desired for me. Raoul drove me nuts; Christine was flighty and indecisive; and the Phantom himself - whom I expected to be a romantic villain - was nothing short of a murderous madman. I do have plans to watch Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation, and I'm hoping to enjoy the cinematic version more than the written tome. That being said, this book is still a classic, and one I think many readers would enjoy for one reason or another.
Date published: 2017-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic I love this book! I got into the Phantom of the Opera by watching Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical and I thought I haveto read this book. I could not put it down. It is a fantastic book!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Much more in-depth than the movie.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Much more in-depth than the movie.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this book I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the differences between the book and movie. Both are captivating.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from :/ Was really not a fan. Found it boring...
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still the best This novel has everything your could ask for: horror, suspense, romance, etc. As great as the play and movies are, nothing will beat the book
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from intriguing but sad 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. At the end, I felt sorry for phantom. All he wanted in life was to be loved, and not having someone dreading his ugliness. Christine managed to light up his darkened world. And he gave up everything in the end. It was sad but touchy!
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where it all began I read this book before watching the musical and the movie, and I have to say that despite the musical being amazing, I still tend to drift back to the original. The tale is captivating and picks up slowly (the first few chapters might take a while to get into), but the characters evoke so much emotion and make for a fabulous read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite story Phantom of the opera is one of my favourite stories. I love how the book you get to find out so much detail about the phantom and his story
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic French book I loved this book! If you like one of the many movies or the musical I would definitely recommend this book to you.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from So Ridiculous I've never seen "Phantom of the Opera", or any sort of rendition of it. The closest I'd ever come was watching "Flying Rhino Junior High" as a kid, where the villian lived in the boiler room of the junior high, snuck around through trapdoors and secret passages, and played an organ. So I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. When I sat down in my living room to read this book, my mum saw what I was reading and scoffed. "I hate that book," she said. "It's just really stupid." I think I can see where my mum was coming from. This book was one big bemusing, befuddling, annoying piece of literature. In some ways, I can see the appeal. There were certainly a lot of thrills and melodramatic moments. In a lot of ways, I enjoyed reading it. I'm not a super big fan of the Gothic Romance genre - Wuthering Hieghts was nearly flung at a wall when I first read it - but this one was just so absolutely ridiculous that you had to either shrug and enjoy it a little or burn your eyes out. I mean, it was just so melodramatic. Everything that happened was this BIG, MYSTERIOUS EVENT. Ladies swooned left and right, pistols were drawn but never fired, portents of DEATH and DOOM were seen at every turn, words like "ecstasy" and "agony" were thrown about with reckless abandon, and commonplace things were turned into soul-chilling spectres for no apparent reason. It was like drowning in a sea of jealousy and "love" and dark mysteries. By far the most annoying part of this book was the Phantom himself. I think we as readers are supposed to be horrified by him, or pity him, or something, but mainly he was just annoying. Everything he did, I couldn't help but view with the same contempt you feel watching a child throw a ridiculous tantrum. That's pretty much what he was, a big child throwing a tantrum. He gnashed his teeth and rolled around on the floor - I think at one point, after throwing a huge tantrum over Christine removing his mask, he threw himself to the ground, rolled around, and then "slithered from the room like a snake." I rolled my eyes, hardcore. A lot of the other characters were annoying, too. Raol leapt from conclusion to conclusion and was fairly useless in the long run. I'm not sure what we were supposed to like or find attractive in him, as a hero. Christine, I feel like if we knew a bit more about what was going on, could have been a better character, but all of her contradictions and swooning all over the place was a bit over the top. The only character I really liked was the Persian, and he didn't show up until the final hundred pages or so. All in all, a very melodramatic book. If you can stomach that sort of thing, or if , for some reason, you're into it, then this book is definitely for you. I just feel like I have to go cleanse my palette with something dry and religious, or something of the sort.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great to See Where the Story Began This book was a hard read because the beginning was slow and uninteresting to me. I also didn't like the case study format of this novel even though I know it's part of the Gothic Horror genre; it was jarring to have the author butt in at times, and it ruined the story for me in many places. Were the author/narrator not constantly tell me that the Phantom was definitely real and this story was based off true events, I think it would've been better. It wasn't until near the end where Daeé talks with Raoul on the roof and tells him about the Opera Ghost that things finally started to pique my interest. His adventure with the Persian is exciting to read through - especially when we learn about Erik's past - and the end was aesthetically pleasing, satisfactorily solving everything. It is different from the movie and the musical, and it's unfortunate because I feel like my perception of the book is tainted by my having seen them before (perhaps because of the music). I still did enjoy the book when things started to get heated, though, and if I judge it separately from the movie it was still a worthwhile read. I was disappointed throughout a lot of it, though, but the ending was exciting enough for the book to retain readability. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from From a Great Novel to a Musical Phenomenon I read this book after I saw the musical production in New York City this past summer. This book is the predecessor of Broadway's longest running musical. This novel was absolutely fantastic! I plan to re-read it again! It has many genres within it. It's scary, creepy, romantic, sweet, sexy, dark, sad, depressing, etc. I would recommend to anyone. It truly is great read.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I found this book a little hard to read because of the french that was in it, but I still found it to be a good read.I love, how it is a love story about muisc, and how a man falls in love with a new rising opera star, which who has a mentor, that is also in love with her, which happens to be a ghost. In the end he realizes he can not have her and let's her go back to her real life, as he disappears before an angry mob hunts the phantom down. The story is so great I love it. If you are into a good love story that has everything in it you will love this book just as much as I did, I recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Book I think this book is as good as the movie/play! I enjoyed reading it and you definitley had more details about Eric than in the movie/play. If you like the movie, you should read this!
Date published: 2008-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time favorite story There is no suprise that the Phantom of the Opera is considered a classic. This story has inspired me in many different ways. Gaston Leroux wrote a breath taking tale of hatred, love and jealousy (to the point of obsession) which are the key ingredients of French literature. This story has three main characters: Christine, Raoul and Erik. My favorite character without a doubt is Erik (the opera ghost). He is a very complex character that fills the reader with pity, anger, compassion and many more emotions. I think the reason the world fell in love with this deformed “monster” is because he represents what most people feel. Everyone wants to be loved for who they are. Ever since his birth, Erik was cast aside because of his deformed face and called a monster when he really he was just like any other person except with an incredible talent for music. Because of the trials he had to go through Erik because a violent and angry person causing people to hate him even more. This is a beautifully written story that will convince you that the Opera Ghost really did exist. I also strongly recommend the musical (Andrew Lloyd Webber is a genius!) and the movie were the phantom is very well portrayed by Gerard Butler. The Phantom of the Opera is one of greatest story ever written.
Date published: 2008-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ?? I have seen the 2004 movie. And I just LOVED IT! I was hoping to get this book aswell. Is there any relation, because sometimes the books are completely different from the movies. Like harry potter :P plz s.a.m.
Date published: 2008-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unexpected compliment to the musical I finally got around to reading Gaston Leroux's version of this cult classic, and was pleasently surprised by how different the two storylines are, yet they still retain the same essential spirit of romance, intrigue, and suspence.
Date published: 2006-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing, Haunting, and Mysterious! This is one of the best books I've ever read and I love the beauty and the beast theme it contains! Gaston has done a marvelous job at piecing together this great mystery, seeing that he worked as a newspaper journalist and wrote mystery/crime novels at the same time as his English contemporary, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (who wrote the Sherlock Holmes novels). From the prologue and epilogue in the book, I am very convinced that Gaston did write his novel about a real person and events. Gaston mentioned in those sections certain proofs that he discovered for himself around 1911 when he wrote the novel: trap doors and secret passageways, a hollow pillar at box five, a buried skeleton wearing a gold ring, Christine's strange correspondent, the numerous interviews he undertook with people who worked at or attended the opera including Meg and the Persian. All these proofs beg to be tested out by modern science in our time at the real Paris Opera House (today called Opera Garnier), and I both challenge someone in the world to do this to back up these proofs, and would be very happy to find out if Eric really existed indeed in the flesh 100%! After all, the Elephant Man was real!
Date published: 2006-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent Possibly the best novel ever written. The greatest imagination on earth has come up with a gripping adventure of epic proportions.
Date published: 2006-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Greatest book, Play and Movie Gaston Laroux cirtainly outdid him self on this one. Truely THE geratest book ever written by anyone!!!!!! Plu it's been turned into the greatest Play and Movie. Andrew Lloyd Webber rocks and Gerard Butler is the best actor in the world!
Date published: 2005-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Phantom of The Best!!! I have always heard of the Phantom of the Opera, but when I purchased the book, Gaston Leroux has a beautiful rainbow of vocabulary, his words where chosen wisley. This book I can assure to real readers, that is is a definate 1,2,3,4,5 star!!!
Date published: 2001-04-27