I had never seen the musical or read the book before this, so I had no prior knowledge of the story. I loved it! It was so interesting and suspenseful that I read it in one sitting. The story does take a while to pick up speed, but the slowness actually added to it for me, because I kept wondering what would happen. Additionally, the Phantom was an AMAZING character. Such a believable villain, yet not completely evil, he was perfect. The ending almost felt flat after all the excitement, but I liked it. I would definitely recommend this one! (Also, I love the song, "The Phantom of the Opera." So good!)
I was taken aback because I only saw the movie and reading the book opened doors that were previously closed. The tension just kept building up to a sad ending but I loved it anyways.
If you saw the movie or the musical, then this is a must read. Great character development and moving plot. More depth than the musical could ever achieve and I Loved the musical!
For those avid readers who are drawn into the story and need to know Erik's life beginning with his birth, read Phantom by Susan Kay. This book is a great addition to the Original classic The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux and the (2004) movie or the (25th Anniversary) musical of the Phantom of the Opera.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOOVE this book. I watched the movie and have the CD to it on my iPod. The book has a lot more detail and plot to it, and the movie is a musical! The only part I was kind of confused on was the flaming skull and the mirror room. The book is a lovely Mystery-Horror-Romance book that every body should read. A phantom in love with an opera singer, but like Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed lovers. One from the world of life and beauty and the other from a pit of disrepair, loneliness, and pity. I feel bad for the phantom because of his situation. If you watched the movie than read the book, if you read the book then watch the movie, and if you have done both than listen to the CD. Gaston Leroux is a grate author and the Michigan libraries need more of his books. That's my two cents.
"The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux- truly an amazing book, and also rather inspirational- depending on how you look at it, I suppose.
Romantic, touching, and terribly gripping, with moments all through the book that have you on the edge of your seat, "The Phantom of the Opera" is truly a delight.
The characters were clearly (and wonderfully!) portrayed, and I find myself turning to them time and time again, unable to resist this perfectly written tale.
Would recommend to anyone who likes murder mysteries (or just mysteries in general) with a touch of romance... and a whole lot of action!
If you liked this book, you should read "The Phantom of Paris", which is a sequel to this book. It's written beautifully, and is a good story.
This is an amazing novel. The book is written as an investigation into the disappearance of the two protagonists, Raoul and Christine, and since they're not narrating it you don't know what's going to happen until the very end. The "investigation" is also very creatively portrayed, and the narrator pieces together bits of narrative from different sources to solve the mystery. The characters are great, and the romance between Raoul and Christine is very sweet.
Although the novel was written a century ago, unlike some classics, his writing style is quite accessible and modern. As classics go, it's a remarkably fast-paced read.
If you're a fan of the musical (which is based on this book), you will find ALW diverged from the book in several important respects, mainly involving the three main characters: Raoul, Christine and Erik. IMO, the book characters are far superior. In this, Raoul is much more interesting, and Erik is dark and menacing, and not portrayed in such a romantic way. The author does sympathize with Erik's plight, but doesn't whitewash the terrible crimes he committed for the sake of portraying him like a romantic figure.
One of my favourite novels, gripping the whole way through.
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