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The Phantom of the Opera

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Author: Gaston Leroux
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 85,188 / 245 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.3
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 49,755 4343

The story of a man named Erik, an eccentric, physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful soprano, under his wing.

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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 and behind his ears."

This chief scene-shifter was a serious, sober, steady man, very slow at imagining things. His words were received with interest and amazement; and soon there were other people to say that they too had met a man in dress-clothes with a death's head on his shoulders. Sensible men who had wind of the story began by saying that Joseph Buquet had been the victim of a joke played by one of his assistants. And then, one after the other, there came a series of incidents so curious and so inexplicable that the very shrewdest people began to feel uneasy.

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.6 from 11 reviews: *****

amazing...... i really enjoyed it. it is now my favorite book! so amazingly written and it was so intriguing and complex, it was a nail-biter to the very end!


I really enjoyed this novel!
I watched the movie after but it didn't match up to the novel. I'm glad I read the book first. I'd definitely read this again.


I loved it. One of my favorite books.


it is very beautiful

Mighty Myt

the book was scary..
the movie was romantic..
I ♥ Gaston Leroux!


I've seen the movie a couple of years back. Just recently I've been reading the book. Amazing.


The original novel by Gaston Leroux is freaky, scary, humourous, and an amazing pageturner. Beats the stage adaptation by a million.

M Lauck

Just for the record, The Phantom of the Opera is a novel, not a play. It was written about 15 years before the silent movie version!


I actually had to skim through it to get to an interesting part. Still, hidden beneath Mr. Leroux rambling about things that had nothing to do with the story, is a good story line and worth reading.


It reads like a novel, not a play. If you liked the movie, read the book.

Brittany Murphy

The Phantom was one of the best plays I have ever read. Not being the biggest fan of plays, I was very surprised to find that I'd read it all the way to the end.



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