The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

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I strongly recommend this book to everyone. Whether you like dark, gothic stories, stories of horror and thrillers, or whether you are a love story admirer, this is the book that will leave you breathless.
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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 teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine's childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous 'ghost' of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster. Leroux's work, with characters ranging from the spoiled prima donna Carlotta to the mysterious Persian from Erik's past, has been immortalized by memorable adaptations. Despite this, it remains a remarkable piece of Gothic horror literature in and of itself, deeper and darker than any version that follows.
 

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GASTON LEROUX (1868–1927) was a prolific French journalist, playwright, and mystery novelist.MIREILLE RIBIÈRE is a freelance author and translator.JANN MATLOCK is a senior lecturer in the French department at University College London.
 
Published May 1, 2012 by Wordsworth Editions. 209 pages
Genres: Romance, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, History, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Crime, Cooking. Non-fiction
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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by The_Pensive_Scribe on May 03 2015

This is a book highly recommended to anyone who likes detective and suspense novels. The mood is set to keep the reader always at edge, attentive to every detail that occurs. The characters are so profoundly portrayed that the reader is oblivious to the addiction crawling under their skin...This book clearly deserves five out of five stars.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by Vagialena on May 03 2015

I strongly recommend this book to everyone. Whether you like dark, gothic stories, stories of horror and thrillers, or whether you are a love story admirer, this is the book that will leave you breathless.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by sam B on May 03 2015

The Phantom of the Opera is a classic novel that can be enjoyed by readers time and time again...Readers will not be disappointed by the riveting, yet subtle dialogue that is a key component to the plot and characters in this novel...I would recommend The Phantom of the Opera to everyone above the eighth grade.

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Above average
Reviewed by J. Longford on Feb 23 2011

Every novel consists of a hero and heroine but the interest and suspense is maintained with another character like Eric in this story. He was the key element in making the novel feel more interesting, the phantom of the opera turned out to be a huge success and has been read and adapted worldwide.

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Above average
Reviewed by Helen on Oct 29 2011

Although the book is presented as if it was a factual account, the writing is never dry...It’s also very melodramatic and over the top...but what the book lacks in quality of prose is made up for in the storytelling and exciting plot. I didn’t love The Phantom of the Opera, but it kept me entertained...

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