The Phantom of the Opera [NOOK Book]

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Christine Daaé's mother died when she was very young. She and her father, a famous violinist, traveled all over Sweden playing folk and religious music. Her father was known to be the best wedding fiddler in the land. During Christine's childhood, her father told her many stories. A character known as the Angel of Music figured heavily in them, especially one about a girl he called Little Lotte, who was able to hear the Angel of Music. When Christine meets and befriends Raoul, ...
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Christine Daaé's mother died when she was very young. She and her father, a famous violinist, traveled all over Sweden playing folk and religious music. Her father was known to be the best wedding fiddler in the land. During Christine's childhood, her father told her many stories. A character known as the Angel of Music figured heavily in them, especially one about a girl he called Little Lotte, who was able to hear the Angel of Music. When Christine meets and befriends Raoul, he also enjoys her father's many Stories.
Later, when Father Daaé is passing away - probably of tuberculosis - he tells Christine that when he dies he will send the Angel of Music(the phantom) to her. Christine grieves for her father endlessly. She lives with an elderly woman whose now deceased husband had been her father's benefactor.
Christine is eventually given a position in the chorus at the Paris Opera House. Not long after she arrives there, she begins hearing a 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 on the construction crew when the Opera was built 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 has fallen in love with her.
With the help of the Voice, Christine triumphs at the gala on the night of the old managers' retirement. Her old childhood friend Raoul hears her and remembers his love for her. After the gala, Erik takes Christine to live in his home in the cellars, but after two weeks, when Christine requests release, he agrees, on condition that she wears his ring and is faithful to him.
Up on the roof of the Opera, Christine tells Raoul of Erik taking her to the cellars. Raoul promises to take Christine away where Erik can never find her. Raoul tells Christine he shall act on his promise the following day, to which Christine agrees, but she pities Erik and will not go until she has sung for him one last time. The two leave, unaware that Erik was listening to their conversation. During the week and that night however, Erik has been terrorizing anyone who stood in his way, or in the way of Christine's career, including the managers.
The following night, Erik kidnaps Christine during a production of Faust. Back in the cellars, Erik tries to force Christine into marrying him. If she refuses he will destroy the entire Opera using explosives planted in the cellars, killing everyone in it including himself and Christine. Christine continues to refuse, until she realizes that Raoul and a man known only as 'The Persian', in an attempt to rescue her, have been trapped in Erik's torture chamber. To save them and the people above, Christine agrees to marry Erik and kisses him. Erik, who admits that he has never before in his life received a kiss - not even from his own mother - is overcome with emotion. He lets Christine go and tells her "go and marry the boy whenever you wish", explaining that "I know you love him." They cry together, and then she leaves. Three weeks later, a notice appears in a Paris newspaper stating that Erik is dead.
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  • BN ID: 2940016753263
  • Publisher: Romeo Publications
  • Publication date: 4/22/2013
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Meet the Author

Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux (6 May 1868, Paris, France – 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, such as the 1925 film starring Lon Chaney; and Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical. It was also the basis of the 1990 novel Phantom by Susan Kay. Leroux 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. Then 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. Another case he was present at involved the investigation and deep coverage of an opera house in Paris, later to become a ballet house. The basement consisted of a cell that held prisoners in the Paris Commune, which were the rulers of Paris through much of the Franco-Prussian war. He suddenly left journalism in 1907, and began writing fiction. In 1909, he and Arthur Bernède formed their own film company, Société des Cinéromans to simultaneously publish novels and turn them into films. He first wrote a mystery novel entitled Le mystère de la chambre jaune (1908; The Mystery of the Yellow Room), starring the amateur detective Joseph Rouletabille. Leroux's contribution to French detective fiction is considered a parallel to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's in the United Kingdom and Edgar Allan Poe's in America. Leroux died in Nice on April 15, 1927, of a urinary tract infection.
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  • Posted January 24, 2009

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

    55 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2006

    I Love Erik!

    I'm So In love with Erik! He's a pure genious and should not be judged on looks! Erik is kind and gentle deep down, all he wants is love, but Christine can't see past his face, that face which sentenced him to a life time of sloitude. Basically, Christine Is pretty freaking crazy not to choose the phantom, in my opinion :P

    20 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Great Book

    I thought Gaston Leroux proved himself an amazing author in this suspenseful novel. I enjoyed this book and could not put it down once i got into it. In fact, it only took me about two days. He did a great job combining suspense, mystery, and romance all into one book so both guys and girls can enjoy. There was never a slow moving part; it was always action pact in an edge of your seat type of anticipation. He did a good job using the literary element of symbolism as a base of the story. He did a good job portraying each character and giving them the perfect personalities for their roles. I was also impressed with how well thought through the story line was and how detailed he was of the characters and the opera house itself. Like i said i really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to any one who loves suspenseful and or romantic novels that are action packed and full of unexspected turns.

    17 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2012

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    A Flawed Masterwork

    The novel “The Phantom of the Opera’ written by Gaston Leroux is one of the most unique books I have ever read. It tells the story of the infamous Opera Ghost who lives beneath the Parisian Opera House. To most, he is just a legend but to others- unfortunate and doomed others-he is a real human being named Erik. However, he soon falls in love with the beautiful Christine Daae and seeks to aid her in her pursuit of glory and perfection. However, Christine’s lover Raoul soon catches on to what is happening and, because of his love for Christine, aims to do something about this meddlesome and dangerous Phantom.
    One of the biggest themes of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ is that of appearances and how they deceive. The Phantom is hideous and his entire reputation is based on the fact that he is hideous. No one truly knows who he is and judges him on his disfigured face. However, when wearing his mask or when he is not even seen, he is not judged. Christine, in fact believes that he is someone that she can relate to and, quite possibly, love. Likewise, the rich and attractive benefactors of the Opera House are respected by everyone and loved by many. However, on the inside, these people are just as hideous as the Phantom. They judge the Phantom and are ultimately the reason for his demise. Throughout the entire story, we, the audience, transform from judging based on the myths and descriptions of the Phantom to knowing who he is and why he is that way. Thus, in addition to receiving a gripping yarn, we also learn a valuable lesson.
    Like I have said, this is a curious and unique book. It most certainly deserves a place in history with a truly fascinating story and main character. However, in my opinion, the book is not very well written. It seems to stumble along and relies and how intriguing the story. In the end, the writing style was not enough to greatly hinder my enjoyment of the book but it kept from being the truly great book that it could have been. Apart from the writing style, the book is really terrific. The story is fascinating and engaging from start to finish. The characters of the Phantom, Raoul and Christine Daae and their respective relationships are just so fascinating that they makes the entire book worth reading. One character, especially, stands out among the others. In my opinion, the mysterious “Persian” is even more interesting than Erik the Phantom. He is a mysterious man from Erik’s past who is quite sympathetic against Erik but has to work with Raoul against him. To reveal any more would be a crime.
    While ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ may be a ‘great’ book, it is actually not all that good. It will never be used as a literary example of how books should be written. Gaston Leroux’s novel is just good, pulpy fun and sometimes that’s all you want in a book. For me, it was just enough.

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

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    fantastic!

    This gothic novel does a wonderful job with crossing genre lines. It mixes elements of romance, horror and mystery into a fantastic piece of fiction. We, the reader, travel from the very roof of the Paris Opera House down to the lair of the "Angel of Music" beneath that same house of music. The Phantom of the Opera contains an underground lake, a torture chamber and a graveyard. And yet this novel is fundamentally a love story. A heartbreaking one at that!<BR/><BR/>This novel by Gaston Leroux has been adapted to the stage and film many times. It is considered to be a French classic of literature. It is very deserving.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2008

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    I've seen the musical and sang the music and still the Phantom seems to haunt me. Now that I've read Gaston Leroux's popular novel, I can say that he was an ingenious man to have created such a story of drama, terror, love, passion, envy, jealousy, romance, adventure, suspense, obsession and magic! The character of Erik is painted with sorrow, pain and a denied passion towards the world 'kind of like the Erik in the play'. If you are a person who loves the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast then you will love the Phantom of the Opera! Guaranteed!

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom of the Opera is, quite plainly, a wonderful book.
    Being a great fan of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, I decided at long last to read the original novel to get a better grasp of the characters and storyline. I finished it only a few days, and let me tell you: I was
    not disappointed.

    Gaston Leroux artfully mixes fact with fiction to create a tale that is original, exciting, at times funny, emotional, romantic, and heart-breaking.

    The plot is simple: The Opera Ghost or Phantom, Erik, lives in the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House, a recluse because of his deformity. He secretly tutors the Palais' new Soprano, the young Swedish girl Christine Daae. He falls in love with her, only to have
    his affections thwarted by the entrance of Raoul, the Vicomte de Chagny, who had known Christine from her childhood.

    Many authors I've read often go off on a tangent, creating whole chapters in which nothing happens which even remotely has to do with the story and leaves you wondering "What was I reading?". Leroux's writing style is fairly straightforward, and his simple descriptions leaves much for the reader to imagine for themselves, making it an easier and more personal read than some writers, such as Charles Dickens.

    Though the plot and characters are written quite simply, excluding perhaps the Phantom himself, the book is compelling and entertaining, and not perhaps as dark as other French Gothic novels. I must admit there were several scenes in the book, particularly between Erik and Christine, that made me cry, and I'm not usually driven to tears when I read.

    The Phantom of the Opera is a fantastic story that deserves to be read over and over again, and I would highly recommend it to all my friends.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    Best ever!

    I read this book a few years ago and have been a huge Phantom fan ever since! It is by far my favorite story of all time...and I have read alot of books!<BR/><BR/>This story draws you in and makes you feel for the characters. For some, it even brings upon the moral dilemma of asking themselves...do I want the "bad guy" to win? It is truly a love story, but with a twist.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    This is my all time favorite book. I urge anyone who hasn't already, to read it - even if you think you already know The Phantom of the Opera story, because there hasn't been any film or book out there that is the exact same version as this one. This book is written like no other I've ever read and it really leaves you asking the question, 'did Erik really exist?'.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

    The Perfect Romance for all!!!

    I've grown up with The Phantom of the Opera, but never really got into it until the 2004 movie came out. After learning there was a book, I bought it at the closest bookstore. As soon as I read the first word, I could not put the book down. The Phantom of the Opera is about an insane musical genius haunting the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. Christine Daae, a new chorus girl, catches Erik's (phantom) eye and for the first time, knows what it's like to love. He comes to her as an Angel of Music and as he watches her from behind her mirror, he teaches Christine how to bring people to their knees with the splendour of her voice. Erik's already intense and passionate love for the arising star rapidly escalates to obsession when Christine's childhood sweetheart, Raoul de Chagny, comes into the picture. From then on, it is fight between Raoul and Erik over the beautiful Christine. This book is so uniquely written and the descriptions so powerful, it will leave you breathless. I was sobbing in the end and I won't give anything away, but it is truly a moving love story. Erik is frightful man who murders and plays tricks on the Opera attendees, and you can see why Christine is afraid of him, but one cannot help feeling pity for him as he attempts to win Christine's love. There are times when you find him highly likeable and other times when you hate him and are nearly shouting at him that the things he's doing aren't going to win her love. Despite what anyone says, I view Christine as a perfect heroine and a very intelligent woman. I think those who harbor sour feelings for Christine are only jealous. Many people also say that she doesn't love Erik, but if they read and analysed enough, they would find there is a much deeper and more passionate concept to Erik and Christine's relationship. Like Raoul says, the most ardent of love is when you are in love and afraid at the same time. Raoul is the ideal Prince Charming, although he tends to whine a lot. He is the complete opposite of Erik: attractive, charming, suave, and sane while Erik is said to look like death itself, awkward, and the epitome of madness. All in all, this is the best book that will ever exist and I recommend this brilliant piece of work to everyone.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Go Team Erik!!!!!!

    After seeing the movie (nothing compared to this book by the way) i really wanted to read how it all started The moment i read the first chapter i was hooked This book is full of romance, thrills, and, of course, the mysteries of the Opera Ghost A must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 7, 2009

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    Hallejuah! Hallejuah! Don Juan Triumphs ultimately lol

    I LOVE this book to death! Everything about it is AMAZING! But....it does get a little confusing I'm not going to lie. But the plot, the character development...just....amazing. But, I like the opera/musical better. Sorry Gaston, but I do. But, I still love this book and it will forever be in my library!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    another great read

    i really loved the phantom of the opera its a great book. the ends of the chapter leave you hanging by a threadand you cant putit down and i love erik

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 24, 2009

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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

    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 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.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    great book

    better than the movie, just a great classic piece to read. :)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2008

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    Thrilling, Amazing, Moving

    This was one of the most thrilling, amazing, and moving books ever written. I first saw the play and thought it was amazing. The costumes and the music were great. Right from the start, I was hooked. I then watched the movie. I thought that it was a big dissapointment. The Phantom had a strange voice and was not right. I then read the book. I LOVED IT! I seriously could not put it down. It was done in a week. It was the most moving stories ever. The book made you feel compassion towards all the characters. You could really get inside each character. Gaston Leroux did an ecelent job giving all sides of the situation. This is a very good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2008

    Gripping the Heart

    Suspicion forms the words on each page. Excitement forms the paragraphs. Weaved dramatically throughout the story are different viewpoints, complex characters, physical appearance, and the inner appearance. The true genius of the author is displayed in his ability to keep the reader from having a solid opinion of any of the characters until the reader has read every line from cover to cover. In one word, The Phantom of the Opera is Masterful.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    a superb play and an even better novel!

    i read this novel in the 9th grade after seeing the play on broadway. after the play i was hooked so i went out and decided to buy the novel.it was great and haunts you as you travel through the book. it is one of the best novels that i have read in a long time.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Best Book and Movie EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    It is spell binding! It's mesmerizing! A KEEPER! The best ever created! Work of a GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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