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  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141035935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141035932
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.6 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""A venerable, much-adapted story of grand, delicate feelings and gothic creepiness." --"New York Times

About the Author

Gaston Leroux (1868-1927) French mystery novelist, playwright, journalist, and a prolific feuilletonist. Leroux is best known for his Le Fantôme de l'opéra (1910).

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Nowadays there probably is no one in this country who hasn't heard of the 'Phantom', but really it is only because Hollywood has produced this so many times, and then the musical became so popular that it is easy to get hold of a copy. Originally serialised before being published in book form this tale never really gained that much attention and has been out of print a number of times in the twentieth century.

What may put people off is the way it is written, some of it seems to read like a history of the opera house and some of it like newspaper reportage, as well as the actual story. When a new young singer starts at the opera house she comes to the attention of the phantom, a legendary figure that supposedly haunts the building. With the increase of the phantom's obsessive fixation and love for our heroine it is not long before death and disaster strike, ultimately leading to the abduction of the heroine and the subsequent search for her and the phantom.

This is quite a quick read and it definitely pulls you in and you find yourself soon rushing through it to the ultimate climax. Once read this is a tale that will long linger in your imagination and you will come to see and appreciate why it has slowly grown a large readership. Although the mixed type of narrative that makes up the story may seem perhaps a bit weird at first you will soon come to feel that it is a true story the way it reads.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2014
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The mask, the music, the dark mysteries, and the tortured, deformed genius who just wants love. "The Phantom of the Opera" is so well known that its story needs no explanation.

But Gaston Leroux's novel is still a spellbinding experience, full of atmospheric horror, a sense of gothic mystery, and lushly evocative language. But its crown jewel is Erik: a magnificently tortured anti-hero who inspires more horror, pity and sympathy than the rather flat hero and heroine.

The Paris opera house is said to be haunted by a ghost with a "death's head," who demands a small salary and a reserved box. Despite the sightings and fears of ballerinas and stagehands, the new managers are determined to stamp out this ridiculous story -- despite threatening letters and increasing accidents that happen around them.

Meanwhile, budding diva Christine Daae is taking Paris by storm, although nobody quite knows who taught her how to sing. And when her childhood friend Viscount Raoul de Chagny pays her a visit, he hears a passionate exchange between her and a man -- but there's no man there. She credits her new vocal abilities to the Angel of Music, but of course, that self-same Angel is the opera ghost.

As the Phantom becomes even more attached to Christine, Raoul soon finds that the ghost is actually a half-mad, horribly deformed musical genius named Erik -- and that after Christine saw his true face, he made her become engaged to him. The young lovers plan to run away together, but the "Angel of Music" isn't about to allow his beloved Christine to leave him...

Apparently there actually were some odd events -- including rumours of an opera ghost -- happening when Gaston Leroux began writing "The Phantom of the Opera.
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By lowri on 10 Dec. 2013
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Well I'm a huge fan of phantom of the opera the movie and the on stage musical...but I've got to say the book was a huge let down! It's mainly from raouls (i can't spell his name) perspective..I don't even like him. He sucks as a character because all he does is cry about Christine ignoring him! I know it's a classic and all but it's seriously boring, Christine kinda sucks and you never really hear from the phantoms perspective. A big waste of time really!
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By Méabh Kennedy on 20 Nov. 2014
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The book is a nice size with well-sized print, and I love the gothic cover! Came in a library book cover which I didn't like at first but has since proved to be useful. Brilliant book so far; as a fan of the musical I'm really enjoying it!

(Would have given 5 stars only for the tears on the spine of the book where the author's name would be...but it does give my copy some extra character!)
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Forget the musicals and modern use of the basic tale. this is the REAL Phantom as it was. Worth a good read.
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