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The Phantom of the Opera
Persons who are visited by the Angel quiver with a thrill unknown to the rest of mankind. And they cannot touch an instrument or open their mouths to sing, without producing sounds that put all other human sounds to shame.
Erik, AKA The Phantom of the Opera, is Paris's Heathcliff. This book is a dark tale of a man's descent into violence and madness, and the woman who forms the obsession at the centre of his life.
I should probably confess: I am a shameless lover of The Phantom of the Opera mu ...more
In the vein of Frankenstein and Heathcliff, Erik’s shattered visage, his ruined face, permeates his soul. Society, humanity, perceives his appearance as evil and twiste ...more
3.5 Le Fantôme Stars
“If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.”
One of my New Year's resolutions is to read more classics. The Phantom of the Opera is a novel I've been meaning to read for a long time. If I was forced to choose a favorite musical, I would probably choose The Phantom. First time I saw it was with my mom, almost 10 years ago. I instantly fell in love with the ...more
The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois from 23 September 1909, to 8 January 1910. It was published in volume form in late March 1910 by Pierre Lafitte.
In Paris in the 1880s, the Palais Garnier opera house is believed to be haunted by an entity known as the Phantom of the Opera, or simply the Opera Ghost. A stagehand named Joseph Buquet is found hang ...more
Gaston Leroux - who popularized an entire sub-genre of detective fiction called ‘locked room mystery’ through his works like 'The Mystery of the Yellow Room' and his fictional amateur sleuth, Joseph Rouletabille - is most renow ...more
Because I quit a book last week, I forced myself to finish this one. I can finish anything on audio, thought I. I am not a quitter, thought I. But after struggling to focus on this and backtracking 2 hours because I realized I had been daydreaming the entire time, I have come to the realization that the DNF review is not so bad a thing.
This read was torture. Pure torture. I finished it but did not have a good time.
“You don’t love me. But you will.”
Sorry Erik but no. ...more
Be prepared for murder by hanging, frequent cries of terror from malicious "accidents", and suicide for just a smidgeon of what will "materialize". But, it's the mysterious Opera Ghost who lurks in the shadows using tricks and illusions to work his many evils behind a mask of horror and smell of death that will grab your attention th...more
After the melancholy of North and South —where even the grand romance is tempered by children starving and teenagers dying from cotton-clogged lungs—some escapism was desperately needed. And The Phantom of the Opera provided the most sweeping, colorful, splendid escapism one could ask for.
Yet there is a deeper undercurrent here. It was the hatred of the world that drove Erik mad.
The plot of this story is likely familiar to all: a mysterious being known only as the Opera Ghost ta ...more
W A R N I N G *MAY be a spoiler in this next parag ...more
“If I am the phantom, it is because man’s hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.”
I believe everyone has at least heard about The Phantom of the Opera. If not for the book itself, then it may be because of the movies. I knew it was a book, and I knew there were movies, but I’ve never watched any of them, and the book I read until now.
In any case, if you’ve heard about this story, then you know it’s a tragic one – and indeed, it is.
The Phantom of the Opera ...more
What a melodramatic book this is. Lots of swooning, lots of proclamations of love, and lots of unnecessary details that do not add anything to the plot.
'Tis where me and the ghost of the opera part ways for good. I will probably never know the original reasons as to why Erik - the ghost, the genius and the mad came to be what he is in the first place. I don't think I care much to find out either way.
All the care in the world you can give me and it will still be not enough for ...more
In dreams he came
That voice which calls to me and speaks my name
And do I dream again for now I find
The Phantom of the Opera is there
Inside my mind
Sing once again with me
Our strange duet
My power over you grows stronger yet
And though you turn from me to glance behind
The Phantom of the Opera is there
Inside your mind.”
Στίχοι που προσωπικά κάθε φορά που τους ακούω με ανατριχιάζουν. Τι κρύβεται όμως πίσω από ένα μιούζικαλ που παίζεται διαρκώς εδώ και 25 χρόνια, έχει αναδείξει δε ...more
This book is the winner of my MOST-BORING-AND-POINTLESS-BOOK-EVER award.
The MCs, Whatshername & Whatshisname are the soppiest individuals and the soppiest couple ever.
The book's only saving grace is that Terry Pratchett sends it up all the way in his Maskerade.
The movie was simply a love triangle between Raoul, Christine and Erik, the "opera ghost". After watching it I felt more for "poor Erik" than for the lovers. His agony over his unrequited love made me almost pity him. But the book is a gothic story; qu ...more
Interesting to see that this was only published around 10 years after Dracula. Loooooove the Gothic vibe that runs between both novels, and again, as with Dracula, I think the wording of the time period is what dulls the story here. I've mentioned in previous posts how my original read of this book (in high school) was really due to an infatuation with the musical adaptation, and thus I was rather disappointed that it wasn't more of a love story, as t ...more
I remember when I first heard of this story and I instantly wanted to read it. I tried but I just gave up after reading the first chapter. I just picked it up again and I at first I wanted to quit for g ...more
“Erik is not truly dead. He lives on within the souls of those who choose to listen to the music of the night.”
I'm not a fan of musicals... at all. I've never seen a play besides a childhood production of the Velveteen Rabbit, which hardly counts. Despite this, I've always wanted to see a live production of 'Phantom of the opera.' What is it about the story and atmosphere that draws so many in? I've seen movies - the musical drama (not my thing), the Robert Englund horror version (sorr ...more
Es una pena, porque le tenía muchas expectativas a la novela. Pero esas casi 100 páginas a mitad del libro bajan ...more
While I was in New York City, living it up on 7th and 27th, I decided that I would go see a musical, with friends, on Broadway. However, being the 'buy-first-think-later' student that I am, most of the musicals were out of my price range. The suitcase load of cheaper comics and novels had something to do with this. However, I did have enough cash to go with two of the ladies on the trip and get tickets to The Phantom of the Opera with Peter Jöback staring as the eponymous character. We all dress ...more
But the festivities are interrupted when the chief scene-shifter working in the Opera House, Joseph Buquet, is found hanged in the basement in a mysterious manner. ...more
OK OK, I won't go there, no Andrew Lloyd Wibbly in this review. The Phantom of the Opera seems to have joined the rank of books that few people bother to read because too many people assume they already know the entire story. There is a lot more to the novel than a crazy guy with half a mask abducting a girl just to give her some free singing lessons. I mean who does ...more
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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 1 ...more