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First published in French as a serial in 1909, The Phantom of the Opera is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually tea ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 274 pages
Published February 1990 by Bantam Classics (first published January 8th 1910)
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Lauren Well, not really. I happen to really like the name Erik. But that's just my opinion.

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Emily May
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who don't view Wuthering Heights as a romance (and maybe those who do ^_^)
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 answer to Heathcliff. This book is a darkly romantic 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 Ph
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Excellent, marvelous. A phantasmagorical (ha-ha!) PERFECTION. This is a true House of Horrors, perhaps the best one ever orchestrated (maybe discounting Poe). Yes, EVER. The prose is so simple, so readable, that the barest of essentials are there, in all their power and glory: the haunted house, the victim-lover, the victimizer-lover, the clandestine meetings, the haunted past, the switch-over of protagonists, the uncertainty caused by one elegant overflow of optical illusions, the Victorian con ...more
Bookdragon Sean
The Phantom’s greatest tragedy in life is the fact that he came so close to gaining the heart of the girl he loved, a sense of acceptance he has wanted for an entire lifetime, but because of his scarred and damaged soul he did nothing but terrify her; ultimately, shattering the initial allure and glamour she felt in his presence.

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
{BR with the lovely british lady Hayat}

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.”

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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
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra = The phantom of the opera, Gaston Leroux
The Phantom of the Opera (French: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra) 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 n
Pramod Nair
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, horror, mystery
“And, despite the care which she took to look behind her at every moment, she failed to see a shadow which followed her like her own shadow, which stopped when she stopped, which started again when she did and which made no more noise than a well-conducted shadow should.”

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
Henry Avila
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sorelli, a principal dancer in the beautiful, new, and fabulous Paris Opera House ( circa 1880) is angry, her dressing - room has been invaded, by half a dozen hysterical young ladies, ballet dancers. The frightened performers have seen the legendary Phantom (Ghost), claiming to have noticed a very ugly man, but well dressed in the passageway. The superstitious but brave woman, opens the door quiet slowly and takes a careful peek. The shadowy in gaslight, reddish walls give a strange ambiance, b ...more
"He is extraordinarily thin and his dress-coat hangs on a skeleton frame. His eyes are so deep that you can hardly see the fixed pupils. You just see two big black holes, as in a dead man’s skull. His skin, which is stretched across his bones like a drumhead, is not white, but a nasty yellow. His nose is so little worth talking about that you can’t see it side-face; and the absence of that nose is a horrible thing to look at. All the hair he has is three or four long dark locks on his forehead a ...more
Alex Farrand
The Phantom of the Opera is about a mystery at the Opera Garnier in Paris, where a soprano singer, Christine Daeé, vanished off the stage one evening. Suspicions lead to the Phantom. Taking the case, our narrator unveils the truth about the Phantom who haunts the opera house with written memoirs, interviews, and other evidence. The narrator finds out that the Phantom was not an apparition, but an eccentric, deformed male named Erik, who lived under the opera house. Did he take the young, beautif ...more
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a fantastic ghostly tale of love with so much more depth (and evil) to the storyline than I remember from either the play or "old" movie.

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

Dec 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was melodramatic.

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 torturous. I finished it but did not have a good time.

“You don’t love me. But you will.”

Sorry Erik but no. No I won’t.
Part I: The Book

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
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book changed my life...I'm so not kidding. I saw the play years before I decided to read this book. I'm so sorry that I waited so long because it was fantastic! I plan to re-read it again! It has everything in it! It's scary, creepy, romantic, sweet, sexy, dark, sad, depressing, etc. This is the third book on my list that I would recommend to anyone that i meet! (having harry potter and the twilight series at number one and two spots. haha)

W A R N I N G *MAY be a spoiler in this next parag
Aishu Rehman
The story gave a history of the Phantom and what he was not like and not starting from one bad experience, but starting life with a disfigured face. He did evil before the opera house. The items and events in the story gave a full story. I. More familiar with the movie with Claud Raines. Reading the book made it more imaginative and interesting. The end was morden in its idea of escaping Justice that we have seen with shooters today.
Vanessa J.
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“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
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteka
Pocetak mi je bio odlican, obecavao jaku pricu.
Kako je prica odmicala kvalitet je padao.
Likovi su mi postali prazni, nije se rodila emocija.
Kraj postaje bolji ali ne toliko da nesto znatno poveca utisak.
Malo jaca trojka. Mnogo sam vise ocekivala.
Evelyn (devours and digests words)

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
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, horror, romantic
“In sleep he sang to me
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
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have watched the Phantom of the Opera 2004 movie version and really fell in love with it. So I wanted to read the book. Having read the book now I must say that the characters and story line are quite different in the book from that of the movie.

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
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ گرانقدر، این داستان در مورد مردی زشت و بدقیافه به نامِ <اریک> است که بخاطر صورت زشتی که دارد از تمامیِ مردم کناره گیری کرده و با کسی سخن نمیگوید و سالها در تاریکی زندگی کرده است، چراکه قیافهٔ هیولا گونهٔ او در جامعه ای که زندگی میکند همپایه با گناه است. با آنکه <اریک> هیچ تقصیری ندارد
او در سردابهٔ تاریک زیر سالن اُپرایِ پاریس زندگی میکند ... طبق گفته هایِ خودِ نویسنده <گاستون لرو> احتمالاً داستان در دههٔ 1880 اتفاق افتاده است... این مرد بیچاره یک شب از سوراخی که همیشه ب
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Side read with the non-crunchy classics crew!

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
I cannot believe it! I actually liked this book. No, I loved this book. Me, the girl who hates classics. I have to admit I am very shocked by this. This book was so captivating and dark. I'm still shocked that I loved this book. I cannot believe that in the first 10% I was going to DNF this book.

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
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
3.5 stars

“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
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 So difficult to rate. It caught my interest at first, bored me in the middle and re-conquered me with that beautiful, sad and nightmarish ending. The author begins and ends the novel as if it were a legend, something that maybe happened or not and gives a more realistic touch to the plot. Unfortunately his characters are not as good as his magnificent writing which saves the book.

Es una pena, porque le tenía muchas expectativas a la novela. Pero esas casi 100 páginas a mitad del libro bajan
Jonathan Terrington

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
Sep 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amanda by: I saw the play - it was incredible
This book was surprisingly good... a surprise because most books written around this time (I believe this was written in 1909) seem to be very boring and/or difficult to read. I have seen the play (and loved it) and was always curious about the original novel, which, I'll say right now, is definitely worth reading. Very captivating and suspenseful and emotion-invoking. My only real complaint is on the character of Raoul who is often described as what I would call a "weenie" - crying alot and ful ...more
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“No more talk of darkness. Forget these wide-eyed fears. I'm here, nothing can harm you. My words will warm you and calm you...”

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
Fred Shaw
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Phantom of the Opera
By Gaston Leroux
Unabridged Audio book
Published by Blackstone Audio
Narrator Ralph Cosham

What a wonderful story. Those who have read it, will know what I mean. To this day, The Phantom of the Opera plays in opera houses and theaters worldwide. A true following exists and there is a website and twitter account. (Hope Trump never finds it. He might shut it down). I’m not going to bother you with a recap. I will say, if you have seen the play but not read the book, please tre
"Masterpiece" doesn't cut it. It's a work of art. To be honest, I didn't even know this was a book until I found it in the library, but now it's one of my favorites (let's put it this way -- I read it in one day). I love Gothic novels, but this one tops everything I've ever read. I'll admit it's not for everyone, but I have no idea what people mean when they say it's hard to read. The characterizations are so vivid, it was like being sucked into the pages. From the follies of the opera managers, ...more
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Gaston Louis Alfred Leroux 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 1
“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.” 549 likes
“Erik is not truly dead. He lives on within the souls of those who choose to listen to the music of the night.” 411 likes
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