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The Phantom of the Opera (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

55 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

Lovely, really lovely.

I love this book. I read it, like many before me, because I've loved the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical since childhood. I remember my mother reading the book and telling me interesting parts of it, and so I decided to read it myself a little over a year ago. It is such a b...
I love this book. I read it, like many before me, because I've loved the Andrew Lloyd Weber musical since childhood. I remember my mother reading the book and telling me interesting parts of it, and so I decided to read it myself a little over a year ago. It is such a beautiful story, and Leroux wrote it in such an interesting way. This book is categorized as fiction, but because of the way Leroux writes it (and because I don't know my French history) I want to believe it's real. Leroux writes that he believes the Phantom (Eric) was real. Interspersed with the story, he interjects his own opinion, and occasionally includes real(?) interviews with the characters from history. As a straight work of fiction, this is an amazing, beautiful tale of love, perseverance, the limits of the human existence, horror, suspense, sorrow... This really has everything I want in a story. At the risk of sounding like a cliche, The Phantom of the Opera made me laugh, cry, gasp, sigh, and grip the book with white knuckles. And the little bits here and there that make you want to believe it was all real... well, they make you want to go to Paris to see the opera house.

And not surprisingly, the soundtrack to Weber's musical makes really good background music while reading this. Grab a tissue at the end.

posted by ProfessionalBookNerd on January 24, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

What a waste of time

As much as I love the classics, I seriously disliked this book. I wonder if it was even a classic before Andrew Lloyd Weber made it into a musical. He must have morphed it into a completely different story, because as it is, this book is a drudgery to read. There is ...
As much as I love the classics, I seriously disliked this book. I wonder if it was even a classic before Andrew Lloyd Weber made it into a musical. He must have morphed it into a completely different story, because as it is, this book is a drudgery to read. There is absolutely no character development, which made for little motivation to actually care about what happened. A more touching story would have been if Erik were actually likable, despite his difficult life. A more interesting story would have been if he were actually a phantom. As it is, I have to agree with the criticism it received in its day, and would go so far as to say it's an utter waste of time. If I weren't so compulsive, I would have shut it for good after the first 50 pages.

posted by Indydi62 on September 7, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Poor Erik for being stuck in such an awful book

    I was very disappointed with this novel. I'm a huge fan of the stage and movie versions, but I hated the novel. The writing is confusing and just plain awful! I felt so sorry for Erik, and wished Raoul would just go away (I felt the same way after seeing the show.) The story itself is wonderful, but the book is awful.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Conserning Christine

    SHE SHOULD'VE STAYED WITH ERIK!

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2005

    Pretty Good

    I have been in love with the play forever, so I decided to read the book. I thought the plot was great, but that it was rather badly written.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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