The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

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Overview

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

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: 9781605013411
Publisher: MobileReference
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Mobi Classics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 541,177
File size: 252 KB

About the Author

Gaston Leroux, born in Paris in 1868, was a French journalist, playwright, and detective/thriller writer. Beginning his career as a crime reporter and war correspondent, he lived an adventurous life that took him to Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and even into North Africa disguised as an Arab. His high-spirited, often dangerous, escapades and questioning nature provided much of the background and plot material for his sensational mystery and adventure stories, particularly those starring his reporter-sleuth, Joseph Rouletabille. One of his most famous detective novels, The Mystery of the Yellow Room, was published in 1907, and his works have been called “among the finest examples of the detective stories we possess.” But Leroux’s best-known story is The Phantom of the Opera (1911), whose macabre hero has been played in film by classic horror film stars Lon Chaney and Claude Rains. Leroux died in Nice in 1927.

Mireille Ribière is a freelance author and translator. She holds a PhD in twentieth-century French literature from the University of London and is a well-known specialist of the work of French writer Georges Perec. She has published extensively in the fields of twentieth century literature, as well as photography and the visual arts.

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The Phantom of the Opera Turtleback School & Library Editon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is full of love mystery and horror but it is so good!! A must read !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this book i just finished reading it and it's the best book ever written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do some of you who read the book want to see the movie? Go to netfix and they have it on inst qu. So you know it was awsome and the song were too, but there is a realy werd part in it. By for now brown cow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why don't you read the book?If you ever see the movie or musical it will make more sense.I do understand that Erik killed a few people but no one had compassion for him...except maybe Christine.Some people would judge him by his face, it's not his fault his face is like that!He was born with it!Plus I hate Raoul because he is always trying to 'catch up' with Christine he is annoying sometimes Christine thinks that too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this movie it is sooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well, you guys asking if this is like the movie, the answer is... somewhat. Andrew Lloyd Weber ( writer of the musical that the movie was based on) adapted the story. Since this is based on true events, no, there really was no spontenius singing. But, the songs were written based on this story. And by the way, Emmy Rossum (who plays Christine in the movie) and Gerard Butler ( who plays the phantom in the movie) are freaking BOSSES. So, watch the movie, read the book, and see the play. You will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am hoping that the book is close to the movie but I will read it and see
Sierra_CHMS_14 More than 1 year ago
A Dark  Story if you Like  The book  Phantom of the Opera :The original novel  was a very good book .The book was dark and a bit strange but that is what made it a really good book ,I support my statement with theses events from the story.This story gave a kind of  dark feel to it with,One in the beginning it that newish manager of the opera house had been found hanging in the basement of the opera between two pieces of scenery after the old managers were getting ready to leave the opera house.Then comes the fact that the main antagonist  of the story Erik was dead and he wanted to marry Christine,I don’t know about you but I don’t think that there could be a more disturbing marriage more from the the fact that he’ll kill her to marry her and she ‘s alive and he’s dead .Finally Erik was going to kill   christine if she choose to marry him or kill everybody in the opera house if she refused .So bottom line this is a great story for any high school or middle school kids that want a chilling old fashion romance novel.    Sierra_CHMS_14
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I think more people should look inti eriks past its realy sadbut a good book
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I thought it was great novel. but sad and the same time! I feel sorry for erik charater.
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I COMPLETEY AGREE! TWILIGHT IS NOTHING. The books are just filling girls heads up with taylor lautner and not emotion or knowledge, like books should be. I hate it when people say "i dont read" because that is when i think "Ohhhhh thats why your so stupid!" GET A BOOK OUT AND START READING! Anyways...eat healty go to the beach make friends and have fun :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this beautiful victorian goth love story! It is a classic must! I saw this in the Majestic Theater in NYC also! Love love love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"I baked you a pie!" "Oh boy, what flavor? "Pie flavor!"
SLSDD More than 1 year ago
Simply marvelous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best stort ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ????????????
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A nice read,got.me thinking did erick really exist
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the movie and the play about it so much!!