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The Phantom of the Opera

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The Phantom of the Opera

by Gaston Leroux


Quick Overview

In an Opera Populaire, there are rumors and fears of a ghost, Opera Ghost, or O.G. He is said to be everywhere but found nowhere. This ghost causes no disturbance as long as his demands are met--a salary, Box 5 left empty, and Christine Daae to sing onstage every now and then. But of course, the owners won't have any of it. They don't believe in the supernatural..And neither does Christine's lover ("boyfriend"), Raoul. Until, of course, Christine herself tells him. But what she actually tells him is what the story's about.

The Phantom, as he's known in the movie, loves Christine. He has been the one teaching her to sing after her gifted violinist father died. Christine, however, has never seen the Opera Ghost until he kidnaps her, wanting to be with her forever. He wears a mask to cover his disfigured face, and because of his malformations his own mother feared him. The Phantom has never known compassion, and doesn't know how to express himself to Christine. He has only ever known violence, and this is evident as he meanwhile threatens and murders, and brings down a chandelier during a performance.


Gaston Leroux is one of the originators of the detective story, and The Phantom of the Opera""is his tour de force, as well as being the basis for the hit Broadway musical. A superb suspense story and a dark tale of obsession, The Phantom of the Opera has thrilled and entertained audiences in adaptations throughout the century. This new translation--the first completely modern and Americanized translation--unfurls the full impact of this classic thriller for modern readers. It offers a more complete rendering of the terrifying figure who emerges from the depths of the glorious Paris Opera House to take us into the darkest regions of the human heart. After the breathtaking performance of the lovely Christine Daae and her sudden disappearance, the old legend of the "opera ghost" becomes a horrifying reality as the ghost strikes out with increasing frequency and violence--always with the young singer at the center of his powerful obsession. Leroux has created a masterwork of love and murder--and a tragic figure who awakens our deepest and most forbidden fears. Size 0.83" H x 6.92" L x 4.21" W, 288 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9780553213768
Author Gaston Leroux
Age Group 12-18
Book Type paperback

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