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The Phantom of the Opera

By Gaston Leroux
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Publisher Description

“When I die and am in Heaven,” Christine Daaé’s father said, “I will send the Angel of Music to you.” It is with these words still in her ears years later that Christine accepts the disembodied voice that speaks to her to claim that divine title, and to give her singing lessons within her dressing room at the Paris Opera, as the fulfillment of her beloved father’s promise. And when those lessons lead her to a performance that astonishes the whole city, who could doubt but that the Angel had indeed come?

Yet there is another, more sinister presence stalking about the Opéra Garnier: the Opera Ghost. A creature who not only makes inconvenient demands—such as the exclusive use of Box Five at every performance, as well as a sizable retainer paid monthly—but who also hangs a man for wandering into the wrong part of the Opera’s cavernous cellars, and sends a chandelier plunging down onto the heads of a packed house when his demands are not met.

But is the Opéra truly host to so many supernatural phenomena, or could it be that the Angel and the Opera Ghost are in fact one and the same? And could it be also that he is far less angel than demon? And if so, will Christine realize her peril before it is too late?

133 Reviews

Thinking Face“I’m a fan of the musical, and I was really excited for this read. It is an excellently dark and mystical story that is solidly in its time period. However, I was really not a fan of the misogyny. Again, I fully understand that it is steeped in the historical period, but I couldn’t get past the strangeness of the abuse-ridden narrative. The plot also took a turn halfway through that I didn’t enjoy. I highly recommend watching the musical instead, I love this much more as onstage.”
Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingSuspensefulDark settingImmersive settingDarkAbuseMisogynyViolenceUnsatisfying plot
Slightly Smiling Face“Leroux creates a whimsical world out of the Paris Opera and an alluring mystery in the Phantom. The two are forever inseparable. Christine and Raoul’s romance is dull and steals valuable pages from the real star of the opera.”
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes“This book was the Angel of Music.”
Morally ambiguousMulti-layered characters
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“After having only seen the musical, I feel I prefer that story line instead of this one. I wasn’t a fan of Raoul’s behavior towards Christine and I wanted some more information on the Phantom earlier on. Either way, I enjoyed the comedic moments in between and the suspense of the opera ghost. Over all I enjoyed it but I didn’t absolutely love it.”
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“This is one book in which the musical was just as good. Great story, loved the style of writing, very vogue for its time.”

About Gaston Leroux

Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux (6 May 1868 – 15 April 1927) was a French journalist and author of detective fiction.

In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel The Phantom of the Opera (Le Fantôme de l'Opéra, 1910), which has been made into several film and stage productions of the same name, notably the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney, and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. His 1907 novel The Mystery of the Yellow Room is one of the most celebrated locked room mysteries.

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