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The Essential Phantom of the Opera
The Essential Phantom of the Opera
Author: Gaston Leroux, Leonard Wolf
The Essential Phantom of the Opera is the most comprehensive edition ever produced of the classic 1911 novel of romance, mystery, and psychological suspense, fully annotated with thousands of fascinating facts and legends. Here is the complete, authoritative edition of literature's most bizarre tale of love, obsession, and aberration-a story tha...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781596871977
ISBN-10: 1596871970
Publication Date: 12/25/2004
Pages: 352
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Publisher: iBooks, Inc
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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This is the original novel. (Befor the Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical) This love story is a gothic tale of obsession,---leading to madness. the author's descriptions of the Paris Opera House are creepy and at the end, you can't help but wonder if this is a true story!
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I think pretty much everyone knows this story. I'll just say that if all you know of it is from either seeing the show on Broadway or from watching the movie, there is a LOT more to it. Great book, but you're in for a surprise if not prepared for lots of changes.
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Completely different from what you expect from the movies and plays, but really good story.
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I love the musical but had never read this book before. So I downloaded it to my Kindle for free. The formatting was okay on the Kindle version but all of the color plates were missing with an insert stating (color plate here). Overall the story itself was wonderful and really added to my understanding of the musical.

I think just about everyone should be familiar with this story. It is the story of an Opera Ghost who is mentoring Christine Daae to become a great opera singer. Of course when the Opera Ghost's wishes are not met by the new managers who run the opera house a series of disasters befall the opera company. Christine becomes increasingly entangled with the Opera Ghost and her childhood sweetheart, Raoul, tries his best to save her.

The book starts out a bit slow. It is told from the point of view of an investigator who is trying to piece together the whole story behind the Phantom of the Opera. Things really pick up as the Opera Ghost starts to torment people and Christine and Raoul start their false engagement.

My favorite part was the last third of the book when Raoul and the Persian are trying to navigate the area beneath the theater.

This book fills out some major parts of the story that you don't get in the musical. There is a lot more background on Raoul and Christine's childhood. More time is spent explaining the past of the Opera Ghost, Eric, and what made him the way he is. At the very end the investigator details how all of the ghostly things that happened in the story were done. Also the scenes under the opera house are much more vicious, involving a incredibly unique torture chamber, threats to flatten a few blocks of Paris, and more.

I was surprised at how engaging the writing style was. This was not a tough book to read at all, it was incredibly engaging and easy to read. There is a sly sense of humor in parts of the book and I found myself laughing out loud a couple times. I really enjoyed it.

My only complaint (and my husband's complaint) is that I kept humming parts of the musical as I read the book! If you are a fan of The Phantom and the Opera musical definitely check out this book; it makes parts of the musical make a lot more sense. It is much more interesting and creative and engaging than the musical too! The first third of the book is kind of slow but if you can make it though that, the rest of the book is definitely worth it!
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Barnes & Noble black-background, gold-lettered hardcover edition. Very classy dustjacket with a small picture of a gargoyle on front, with gold bordering. Beautiful on the bookshelf! Excellent book, well-written, mysterious, definitely deserves to be a classic.
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