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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 ...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
The Phantom of the Opera is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published in volume form in late March 1910 by Pierre Lafitte.
In Paris in the 1880's, 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 hanged and the rope around his neck goes missing.
At a gala performance for the retirement of th ...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
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
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
The "Poor Erik" of the movie w ...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 ...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. ...more
W A R N I N G *MAY be a spoiler in this next parag ...more
"I have not come here ... to talk about Count Philippe ... but to tell you that ... I am going ... to die..."
"Where are Raoul de Chagny and Christine Daae?"
"I am going to die."
"Raoul de Chagny and Christine Daae?"
"Of love ... daroga ... I am dying ... of love ... That is how it is ... loved her so! ... And I love her still ... daroga ... and I am dying of love for her, I ... I tell you! ... If you knew h ...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 Ope ...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
“all i wanted was to be loved for myself. if you loved me i should be as gentle as a lamb; and you could do anything with me that you pleased.”
early 1900s, paris. a journalist / detective has gathered together witness accounts, interviews, and newspaper articles that might provide insight in the mysterious incidents surrounding the abduction of an opera singer and the death of several opera attendants at palais garnier.
through a whole host of characters, from the opera’s directors a ...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 is a wonderful example of gothic literature. Not that it needs any certificate of merit from a layman like me, but still! The novel ...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
Es una pena, porque le tenía muchas expectativas a la novela. Pero esas casi 100 páginas a mitad del libro bajan ...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
Every night the velvet seats of the Palais Garnier are packed with figures eagerly anticipating that evening's theatrical performance, and still one box is kept free. Every day brings fresh sightings of a mysterious figure who traverses the backstage hallways and strikes fear in the hearts of those who dare travel there alone.
This mystery is the theatre ghost. He makes demands and expects to see them carried through. Those who test his patienc ...more
Christine Daae is a young singer at a French Opera House which is said to be haunted by the Opera Ghost. Disasters follow if the Opera Ghost's orders are disobeyed. Christine loves her childhood friend viscount Raoul de Chagny, but when he comes to meet her near her dressing room after a stunning performance, she doesn't even acknowledge him. Disheartened and sad, he is unwilling to leave when he hears someone singing in her room which he was sure was empty. He sees no one and is scared.
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
“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
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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