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The Phantom of the Opera (Special New Nook Edition)
     

The Phantom of the Opera (Special New Nook Edition)

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by Gaston Leroux
 

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The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. The novel was first published as a serialisation in "Le Gaulois" from September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910. The novel has been the inspiration for multiple film and stage adaptations. The most notable of these were the 1925 film depiction and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. Originally produced

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The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. The novel was first published as a serialisation in "Le Gaulois" from September 23, 1909 to January 8, 1910. The novel has been the inspiration for multiple film and stage adaptations. The most notable of these were the 1925 film depiction and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. Originally produced for the West End, The Phantom of the Opera musical is now the longest running Broadway show in history.

The novel opens with a prologue in which Gaston Leroux claims that Erik, the "Phantom of the Opera", was a real person.

We are then introduced to Christine Daaé. She and her father, a famous fiddler, traveled all over Sweden playing folk and religious music. Her father was known to be the best wedding fiddler in the land. When Christine is six, her mother dies and her father is brought to rural France by a patron, Professor Valerius.
During Christine's childhood, which is described retrospectively in the early chapters of the book, her father tells her many stories featuring an 'Angel of Music', who, like a muse, is the personification of musical inspiration. Christine meets and befriends the young Raoul, Viscount of Chagny, who also enjoys her father's many stories. One of Christine and Raoul's favourite stories is one of Little Lotte, a girl with golden hair and blue eyes who is visited by the Angel of Music and possesses a heavenly voice.

On his deathbed, Christine's father tells her that from Heaven, he will send the Angel of Music to her. Christine now lives with Mamma Valerius, the elderly widow of her father's benefactor.

Christine is eventually given a position in the chorus at the Paris Opera House (Opera Populaire). Not long after she arrives there, she begins hearing a beautiful, unearthly voice which sings to her and speaks to her. She believes this must be the Angel of Music and asks him if he is. The Voice agrees and offers to teach her "a little bit of heaven's music." The Voice, however, belongs to Erik, a disfigured genius who was one of the contractors who built the opera and who secretly built into the cellars a home for himself. He is the Opera ghost ("Fantôme" in French can be translated as both "ghost" and "phantom") who has been extorting money from the Opera's management for many years. Unknown to Christine, at least at first, he falls in love with her.

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PLEASE NOTE: The publication of this novel is NOT affiliated with any film or theatre production inspired by Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012295606
Publisher:
World Literary Classics - The Phantom of the Opera
Publication date:
04/03/2011
Series:
The Phantom of the Opera Nook The Complete Works of Gaston Leroux NOOKbook The Phantom of the Opera Novel New NOOKbook , #1
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
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275 KB

Meet the Author

Gaston Leroux (6 May 1868 – 15 April 1927) was born in Paris in 1868. He went to school in Normandy and studied law in Paris, graduating in 1889. He inherited millions of francs and lived wildly until he nearly reached bankruptcy. Subsequently in 1890, he began working as a court reporter and theater critic for L'Écho de Paris. His most important journalism came when he began working as an international correspondent for the Paris newspaper Le Matin. In 1905, he was present at, and covered, the Russian Revolution.

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, such as the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney; and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical.

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The Phantom of the Opera 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 189 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is really great. But there are spelling mistakes. You can read through it but it is very annoying.
ProfessionalBookNerd More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heard the music from the show long before ever seeing it live. After hearing the music I bought the book, then finally got to see the show. The book and show/movie are different from eachother, like the show better but it was nice to have the extra background on the characters. And to the person who said that the actor playing the Phantom opposite Emmy Rossum was Australian is wrong, sorry. He's actually Scottish, the Phantom was played by Gerard Butler in the 2004 movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does everyone go with Erik? Sure I feel bad for him but killing people just to be near Christine is too obsesive. He is a murderer and all of you who say "she should have gone with Erik" would you marry a serial killer? Roul was decant kind loving and gentle. He didnt try to make her love him, he waited for her. That is true romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favofite movie and i loved the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Different from the movie but an amazing read. The characters are interesting and the phantom was really cynical. Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wouldn't call it an extraordinary piece of literature, but it wasn't terrible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Y u no luv me!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read for anyone, really. The writing is amazing; the plot, the settings, the imagery of this book is beauriful. It definitely changes one's opinions on the characters from the movie. They are different in the book. They've made me see them differently in the movie now, though not necessarily in a bad way. Loved this book, love the movie, do recommend!???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YOU WILL CURSE THE DAY YOU SAID I DO, WHEN IT WAS PHANTOM WHO ASKED YOU...first. (totally look up phantom of the awkward and watch it. LOVE IT! ot will only make sense you have seen ze Phantom of yhr Opera.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! I litterally just saw the play today and it was......AMAZING!:)
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I saw it like twice and i loved it ssssooooooo much! It is called Love Never Dies. P.s. it is a movie so look it up.
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The music was amazing and the story is wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the book and the movie and I love how Emma Rossum played as christine and did you know the actor of the phantom in the movie is really astraulian?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hurray
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved both the music and book was written beautifully i love it and i hope u do too
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Ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw the raoyal albert hall and the movie and read the book. The story is amazing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with u!!!! I LOVE PHANTOM!!!!!! I have seen the royal albert hall, movie,and read the book also!!