The Phantom of the Opera
106 Installments— in English—Entirely free
Combining elements of gothic horror, mystery, and romance, Gaston Leroux’s French novel is the basis for the multimillion-dollar Broadway production The Phantom of the Opera. In this original story, employees of the Opera Garnier in Paris are convinced that the building is haunted by a mysterious “Opera Ghost” who wreaks havoc and destruction whenever he feels like it. The ghost is actually a deformed genius named Erik who lives in the subterranean regions underneath the opera house, but he poses as the ghost in order to terrify the owners and make powerful demands, such as a large salary and special seating in a reserved box. He takes notice of a young singer named Christine, and begins to give her voice lessons; she thinks he is an “angel of music” sent to her by her dead father. Erik tutors his gifted protégé, and one night, when the main singer is unable to perform, Christine fills in as her replacement. Christine’s stunning new-found talent takes everyone by surprise, and when she faints on stage, a disturbing series of events take place. Erik’s wrath and jealousy is aroused by Christine’s relationship with her childhood friend Raoul, and he captures both of them in his underground lair. The lonely, hideous Erik is faced with the most difficult decision of his life: to imprison a woman who trusts him, or to release the only person who has cared for him.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants or the ...Back to top
Reviewed by angelicmobster8 on Sep 9, 2009
Yay, first review
I loved this book, and everything related to it. It's translated from French, I probably would have gotten much more from it if I understood French and read the book the way it was originally published.
I love how the book is written as if Leroux were documenting a case. I don't know if the footnotes are added with the installments.
I read it while in the hospital, made it much more tolerable. I also reccomend Susan Kays book, though it's not on this website.
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