Hello, Dear Bloggites! 🙂 This book review is on The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Now, I did not read this one, but I did listen to it. This story is my absolute favorite love story in the world – even bigger than Prince Charles and Lady Diana! 🙂
Most of you are probably familiar with The Phantom of the Opera story, but for those who are not, it is about an up-and-coming opera singer, Christine Daae, who believes she is receiving lessons from “The Angel of Music” for Opera Populaire. The Opera house where Christine works is reported to be haunted by the Opera Ghost. While Christine is learning from the Angel of Music, she rekindles a friendship with Raoul de Chagny and that friendship turns to a passionate love affair. While Christine is building her relationship with Raoul, Eric (Angel of Music nee Opera Ghost) becomes enraged with jealousy and vows to have Christine as his own even if it means killing Raoul.
Exciting, right! The author, Gaston Leroux, was a well-known French journalist and detective story writer when he was alive. The Phantom of the Opera is his best-known work of literature; however, he does have other novels he wrote before passing away. I have not read any of his other works, but I do plan on remedying this fact after listening to the original novel.
Gaston Leroux wrote an amazing novel with complex characters and a mystery to solve to boot. The story swept you away to another time and place where you root for the love between Christine and Raoul while hurting for Eric at the same time. The author broke down his novel to feature specific characters and what they were thinking or doing throughout the book, but you never found yourself confused or lost within the story line of what was going on.
There really is nothing to critique this novel on other than the repetitive nature when a character addresses a person – the names were repeated each time a statement was made instead of letting the reader follow the dialogue without the repetitive names. I am sure the author wrote as the people spoke in that age, but it did become annoying at times.
I give The Phantom Of The Opera by Gaston Leroux 5 out of 5 Bookmarks! Go pick up your own copy and read or listen to the original story.