In celebration of Halloween this October, we will be reading something spooky but still a memorable classic: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA by Gaston Leroux!
Original Cover, 1920
Here is the writeup from Amazon:
First published in French as a serial in 1909, "The Phantom of the Opera" is a riveting story that revolves around the young, Swedish Christine Daaé. Her father, a famous musician, dies, and she is raised in the Paris Opera House with his dying promise of a protective angel of music to guide her. After a time at the opera house, she begins hearing a voice, who eventually teaches her how to sing beautifully. All goes well until Christine's childhood friend Raoul comes to visit his parents, who are patrons of the opera, and he sees Christine when she begins successfully singing on the stage. The voice, who is the deformed, murderous 'ghost' of the opera house named Erik, however, grows violent in his terrible jealousy, until Christine suddenly disappears. The phantom is in love, but it can only spell disaster. Leroux's work, with characters ranging from the spoiled prima donna Carlotta to the mysterious Persian from Erik's past, has been immortalized by memorable adaptations. Despite this, it remains a remarkable piece of Gothic horror literature in and of itself, deeper and darker than any version that follows.
And here is the trailer of the movie inspired by the book! So get your copies now, start reading and post your thoughts here!
Yes! Now ill be forced to finally read my copy thats been sitting on my shelf for ages! I already started the first few chapters and noticed that that there are Sooo many differences bet the book and the musical or even the movie...
Hi ivy! Great! Lemme know where you are already! The book has greater detail about Christine and Raoul's childhood together when they first met each other. But I think Christine's character is very naive! Not exactly the heroine you would love to like.
just finished! I was so sure the musical wld be better than the book but i was wrong! All those secret passages and trap doors made it read like an Indiana Jones movie! I highly recommend it! I wrote a comprehensive comparison BOOK VS MUSICAL here: http://wandafulworldofbooks.blogspot.co ... sical.html