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The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux

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Genre: Crime / Thriller / Author: Gaston Leroux / Edition: New edition / Paperback / 368 Pages / Book is published 1991-10 by HarperPerennial

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      20.12.2011 09:42
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      I'd heard of The Phantom of the Opera countless times but it never really appealed to me, i'm not sure why. It just didn't seem hugely interesting or like my kind of book purely from the title. Whilst browsing my local library in my lunch hour yesterday, I came across it. I didn't have much to do as I had finished studying for the day and so I picked it up and brought it home intending to read the book for half an hour or so before bed for the next few nights. I started reading it last night and found it so good that I read over half of it in one sitting, and when I woke up this morning I finished it off - i've just finished reading it, and I love it! It's one of those books that leaves the reader satisfied with the ending and it's definetly a book to be remembered! I can see why it's so popular now. I honestly never thought I would enjoy this book and have put off reading it for years, but I really wish I had read it sooner. The Phantom of the Opera is written amazingly well and the characters are all really interesting. The story revolves around a Swedish singer who is given a part in the chorus at the Paris Opera House. The singer's name is Christine Daae and her childhood sweetheart Raoul, who is Viscount of Chagny, is also one of the main characters. The story is extremely creepy and keeps the reader hooked, it is basically like a ghost story set in an opera house, and tells of all the antics and horrors that are going on in the opera house which are supposedly caused by the Opera Ghost. The story is written really well - it comes across like the author is telling his own version of the events that took place in the opera house, and it reminds me a bit of the programme Jonothan Creek - it's written in a similar narrative style. I really liked the parts of the book which were quotations from the people involved in the story/the characters, and they were giving accounts of what happened. It really built the story up well and made it feel that bit more real and therefor gripping, in my opinion way. There are also brief parts throughout the book in which the author speaks directly to the reader, and it's like he is trying to give facts which help the reader understand what's going on in the book, which I loved - it's kind of like the author is like one of us and isn't entirely sure himself of the creepy going ons. The characters themselves are easy to get the jist of, they all have their own individual little personalities and 'stories', in particular Christine who we learn lots about, including her past. All of the characters are definetly quite memorable, in particular the opera ghost (also known as O.G), who keeps the story moving quickly - I was never bored and throughout the book was wondering if he was simply a lost, lonely soul, or if he was a cold blood murderer.. is there really even a real ghost, or are the creepy going ons in the opera house the work of a mad man? Considering that this book is only 371 pages, the author crammed a huge amount of suspense into it, as well as a very indepth, informative story. Overall, I would highly reccomend this book. It's genius! I can't believe I never read it before and I 100% reccomend it. The book is very widely available, and after a quick look on Amazon I can see that the average price for this book is £4.

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