The Phantom of the Opera / Edition 1

The Phantom of the Opera / Edition 1

by Gaston Leroux, Pauline Francis
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Cengage Learning
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The Phantom of the Opera / Edition 1

The actors, singers, and patrons of the Paris Opera House say that a ghost haunts the labyrinthine chambers beneath its stage. While there are those who laugh off such superstitions, they always do so nervously, in the bright light of day. Nearly everyone connected with the Opera House in any way has felt the phantom's vague, troubling presence. But beautiful, talented young singer Christine Daae will soon experience a terror far more acute than any vague feeling of unease. For she is about to learn the secret of why the man who has made the tunnels beneath Paris his private domain must forever hide his face behind a mask.

Part horror story, part historical romance, and part detective thriller, the timeless tale of a masked, disfigured musical genius who lives beneath the Paris Opera House is familiar to millions of readers, as well as to movie and theatre-goers. At the heart of the story's long-standing popularity lies its questioning of a universal theme: the relationship between outward appearance and the beauty of darkness of the human soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780462003047
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Series: Fast Track Classics Series
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter I Is it the Ghost? 15

Chapter II The New Margarita 29

Chapter III Why the Managers Resigned 42

Chapter IV Box 5 53

Chapter V The Enchanted Violin 71

Chapter VI A Visit to Box 5 94

Chapter VII The Fatal Performance 98

Chapter VIII The Mysterious Brougham 118

Chapter IX At the Masked Ball 129

Chapter X 'Forget the Man's Voice!' 143

Chapter XI Above the Trap-Doors 151

Chapter XII Apollo's Lyre 162

Chapter XIII A Masterstroke 189

Chapter XIV The Safety-Pin 204

Chapter XV 'Christine! Christine!' 213

Chapter XVI Mame Giry and The Ghost 219

Chapter XVII The Safety-Pin Again 235

Chapter XVIII The Commissary of Police 244

Chapter XIX The Viscount and the Persian 252

Chapter XX In the Cellars of The Opera 261

Chapter XXI Vicissitudes of a Persian 283

Chapter XXII In the Torture-Chamber 302

Chapter XXIII The Tortures Begin 311

Chapter XXIV 'Barrels! Barrels!' 320

Chapter XXV Which Shall She Turn? 335

Chapter XXVI The End of the Ghost 346

Epilogue 359

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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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
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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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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!!