The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera

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 childhoo...

Details The Phantom of the Opera

TitleThe Phantom of the Opera
Release DateDec 30th, 1987
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreClassics, Fiction, Horror, Romance

Reviews The Phantom of the Opera

  • Emily May
    Persons who are visited by the Angel quiver with a thrill unknown to the rest of mankind. And they cannot touch an instrument or open their mouths to sing, without producing sounds that put all other human sounds to shame. Erik, AKA The Phantom of the Opera, is Paris's answer to Heathcliff. This book is a darkly romantic tale of a man's descent into violence and madness, and the woman who forms the obsession at the centre of his life.I should pr...
  • Fabian
    Excellent, marvelous, phantasmagorical (ha-ha!) PERFECTION. This is a true House of Horrors, perhaps the best one ever orchestrated (discounting EAPoe). Yes, EVER. The prose is so simple, so readable, that the barest of essentials are there, in all their power and glory: the haunted house, the victim/lover, the victimizer/lover, the clandestine meetings, the haunted past, the switch-over of protagonists, the uncertainty caused by an elegant overf...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    The Phantom’s greatest tragedy in life is the fact that he came so close to gaining the heart of the girl he loved, a sense of acceptance he has wanted for an entire lifetime, but because of his scarred and damaged soul he did nothing but terrify her; ultimately, shattering the initial allure and glamour she felt in his presence. In the vein of Frankenstein and Heathcliff, Erik’s shattered visage, his ruined face, permeates his soul. Society,...
  • Ana
    {BR with the lovely british lady Hayat}3.5 Le Fantôme Stars “If I am the phantom, it is because man's hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.” One of my New Year's resolutions is to read more classics. The Phantom of the Opera is a novel I've been meaning to read for a long time. If I was forced to choose a favorite musical, I would probably choose The Phantom. First time I saw it was with my mom, ...
  • Madeline
    Before we start off, let me clarify something: because I can't be bothered to create a "the Broadway stage adaptation is better" shelf, my "the movie is better" shelf will have to suffice here. The Phantom of the Opera, the show, is a giant, absurd, bombastic display of every bad misconception of theater, and is the main reason Andrew Lloyd Weber is able to fall asleep on a bed made of money every night. It's not my favorite show, is what I'm say...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Le Fantôme de l'Opéra = The phantom of the opera, Gaston LerouxThe Phantom of the Opera (French: Le Fantôme de l'Opéra) is a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux. It was first published as a serialization in Le Gaulois from 23 September 1909, to 8 January 1910. It was published in volume form in late March 1910 by Pierre Lafitte. In Paris in the 1880s, the Palais Garnier opera house is believed to be haunted by an entity known as the Phantom ...
  • Pramod Nair
    “And, despite the care which she took to look behind her at every moment, she failed to see a shadow which followed her like her own shadow, which stopped when she stopped, which started again when she did and which made no more noise than a well-conducted shadow should.” Gaston Leroux - who popularized an entire sub-genre of detective fiction called ‘locked room mystery’ through his works like 'The Mystery of the Yellow Room' and his fic...
  • Candi
    "He is extraordinarily thin and his dress-coat hangs on 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 ...
  • Alex Farrand
    The Phantom of the Opera is about a mystery at the Opera Garnier in Paris, where a soprano singer, Christine Daeé, vanished off the stage one evening. Suspicions lead to the Phantom. Taking the case, our narrator unveils the truth about the Phantom who haunts the opera house with written memoirs, interviews, and other evidence. The narrator finds out that the Phantom was not an apparition, but an eccentric, deformed male named Erik, who lived un...
  • Carol
    THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is a fantastic ghostly tale of love with so much more depth (and evil) to the storyline than I remember from either the play or "old" movie.Be prepared for murder by hanging, frequent cries of terror from malicious "accidents", and suicide for just a smidgeon of what will "materialize". But, it's the mysterious Opera Ghost who lurks in the shadows using tricks and illusions to work his many evils behind a mask of horror a...
  • Bark
    Well, that was melodramatic.Because I quit a book last week, I forced myself to finish this one. I can finish anything on audio, thought I. I am not a quitter, thought I. But after struggling to focus on this and backtracking 2 hours because I realized I had been daydreaming the entire time, I have come to the realization that the DNF review is not so bad a thing.This read was torturous. I finished it but did not have a good time. “You don’t ...
  • Sarah
    Part I: The BookAfter the melancholy of North and South —where even the grand romance is tempered by children starving and teenagers dying from cotton-clogged lungs—some escapism was desperately needed. And The Phantom of the Opera provided the most sweeping, colorful, splendid escapism one could ask for.Yet there is a deeper undercurrent here. It was the hatred of the world that drove Erik mad.The plot of this story is likely familiar to al...
  • TheKBSeries
    This book changed my life...I'm so not kidding. I saw the play years before I decided to read this book. I'm so sorry that I waited so long because it was fantastic! I plan to re-read it again! It has everything in it! It's scary, creepy, romantic, sweet, sexy, dark, sad, depressing, etc. This is the third book on my list that I would recommend to anyone that i meet! (having harry potter and the twilight series at number one and two spots. haha) ...
  • Vanessa J.
    “If I am the phantom, it is because man’s hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.”I believe everyone has at least heard about The Phantom of the Opera. If not for the book itself, then it may be because of the movies. I knew it was a book, and I knew there were movies, but I’ve never watched any of them, and the book I read until now.In any case, if you’ve heard about this story, then you know it...
  • Henry Avila
    Sorelli, a principal dancer in the beautiful, new, and fabulous Paris Opera House ( circa 1880), is angry, her dressing - room has been invaded, by half a dozen hysterical young ladies, ballet dancers. The frightened performers have seen the legendary Phantom (Ghost), claiming to have noticed a very ugly man, but well dressed, in the passageway. The superstitious but brave woman, opens the door quiet slowly and takes a peek. The shadowy, in gasli...
  • PopiTonja
    3.5/5Pocetak mi je bio odlican, obecavao jaku pricu.Kako je prica odmicala kvalitet je padao.Likovi su mi postali prazni, nije se rodila emocija.Kraj postaje bolji ali ne toliko da nesto znatno poveca utisak.Malo jaca trojka. Mnogo sam vise ocekivala.
  • Evelyn (devours and digests words)
    DID NOT FINISH @ 73%What a melodramatic book this is. Lots of swooning, lots of proclamations of love, and lots of unnecessary details that do not add anything to the plot.'Tis where me and the ghost of the opera part ways for good. I will probably never know the original reasons as to why Erik - the ghost, the genius and the mad came to be what he is in the first place. I don't think I care much to find out either way.All the care in the world y...
  • Piyangie
    I have watched the Phantom of the Opera 2004 movie version and really fell in love with it. So I wanted to read the book. Having read the book now I must say that the characters and story line are quite different in the book from that of the movie.The movie was simply a love triangle between Raoul, Christine and Erik, the "opera ghost". After watching it I felt more for "poor Erik" than for the lovers. His agony over his unrequited love made me a...
  • Lauren
    I cannot believe it! I actually liked this book. No, I loved this book. Me, the girl who hates classics. I have to admit I am very shocked by this. This book was so captivating and dark. I'm still shocked that I loved this book. I cannot believe that in the first 10% I was going to DNF this book. I remember when I first heard of this story and I instantly wanted to read it. I tried but I just gave up after reading the first chapter. I just picked...
  • peiman-mir5 rezakhani
    دوستانِ گرانقدر، این داستان در مورد مردی زشت و بدقیافه به نامِ <اریک> است که بخاطر صورت زشتی که دارد از تمامیِ مردم کناره گیری کرده و با کسی سخن نمیگوید و سالها در تاریکی زندگی کرده است، چراکه قیافهٔ هیولا گونهٔ او در جامعه ای که زندگی میکند همپایه با...
  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    Side read with the non-crunchy classics crew!Interesting to see that this was only published around 10 years after Dracula. Loooooove the Gothic vibe that runs between both novels, and again, as with Dracula, I think the wording of the time period is what dulls the story here. I've mentioned in previous posts how my original read of this book (in high school) was really due to an infatuation with the musical adaptation, and thus I was rather disa...
  • Anna
    “In sleep he sang to meIn dreams he cameThat voice which calls to me and speaks my nameAnd do I dream again for now I findThe Phantom of the Opera is thereInside my mindSing once again with meOur strange duetMy power over you grows stronger yetAnd though you turn from me to glance behindThe Phantom of the Opera is thereInside your mind.”Στίχοι που προσωπικά κάθε φορά που τους ακούω με ανατριχιά...
  • Angelica Destler
    This is my absolute favorite book ever! The story, the characters, I love it all! No worries, I won’t fangirl… much. Okay, the review!I think that the plot is very interesting, with Erik living under the opera house and all. It’s unrealistic, yeah, but I usually go for fantasy stories, so it didn’t bother me. One thing I did find realistic was Erik’s love for Christine. It wasn’t love at first sight, like in a lot of books. Christine ...
  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    3.5 stars“Erik is not truly dead. He lives on within the souls of those who choose to listen to the music of the night.” I'm not a fan of musicals... at all. I've never seen a play besides a childhood production of the Velveteen Rabbit, which hardly counts. Despite this, I've always wanted to see a live production of 'Phantom of the opera.' What is it about the story and atmosphere that draws so many in? I've seen movies - the musical drama (...
  • Denisse
    3.5 So difficult to rate. It caught my interest at first, bored me in the middle and re-conquered me with that beautiful, sad and nightmarish ending. The author begins and ends the novel as if it were a legend, something that maybe happened or not and gives a more realistic touch to the plot. Unfortunately his characters are not as good as his magnificent writing which saves the book. Es una pena, porque le tenía muchas expectativas a la novela....
  • Jonathan Terrington
    While I was in New York City, living it up on 7th and 27th, I decided that I would go see a musical, with friends, on Broadway. However, being the 'buy-first-think-later' student that I am, most of the musicals were out of my price range. The suitcase load of cheaper comics and novels had something to do with this. However, I did have enough cash to go with two of the ladies on the trip and get tickets to The Phantom of the Opera with Peter Jöba...
  • Amanda
    This book was surprisingly good... a surprise because most books written around this time (I believe this was written in 1909) seem to be very boring and/or difficult to read. I have seen the play (and loved it) and was always curious about the original novel, which, I'll say right now, is definitely worth reading. Very captivating and suspenseful and emotion-invoking. My only real complaint is on the character of Raoul who is often described as ...
  • Apatt
    “No more talk of darkness. Forget these wide-eyed fears. I'm here, nothing can harm you. My words will warm you and calm you...” OK OK, I won't go there, no Andrew Lloyd Wibbly in this review. The Phantom of the Opera seems to have joined the rank of books that few people bother to read because too many people assume they already know the entire story. There is a lot more to the novel than a crazy guy with half a mask abducting a girl just to...
  • Gemma
    "Masterpiece" doesn't cut it. It's a work of art. To be honest, I didn't even know this was a book until I found it in the library, but now it's one of my favorites (let's put it this way -- I read it in one day). I love Gothic novels, but this one tops everything I've ever read. I'll admit it's not for everyone, but I have no idea what people mean when they say it's hard to read. The characterizations are so vivid, it was like being sucked into ...
  • Fred Shaw
    The Phantom of the OperaBy Gaston LerouxUnabridged Audio book Published by Blackstone AudioNarrator Ralph CoshamWhat a wonderful story. Those who have read it, will know what I mean. To this day, The Phantom of the Opera plays in opera houses and theaters worldwide. A true following exists and there is a website and twitter account. (Hope Trump never finds it. He might shut it down). I’m not going to bother you with a recap. I will say, if you ...