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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
Audiobook: www.archive.org
Downloads: 45,745
mnybks.net#: 4343
Origin: gutenberg.org

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: *****
2013.01.19
Ray
*****

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!

2013.01.06
midnite_stryker
*****

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.

2012.01.24
jhelhen
*****

I loved it. One of my favorite books.

2011.08.14
firoozeh
*****

it is very beautiful

2011.05.09
Mighty Myt
*****

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

2009.12.07
Gerard
*****

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

2009.12.03
Stefania
*****

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

2009.10.27
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!

2006.08.22
Haylee
***..

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.

2006.01.31
Saker
*****

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

2004.10.19
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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