Winter Reading: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

winter reading

Hope you’re enjoying the season! It’s above zero lately, most unusual where I am, making it hard to remember that it’s still winter. Anyway, another book I’ve been meaning to read for ages is The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.

phantomAndew Llyod Webber’s adaptation is wonderful, but I’m not sure how similar it is to the original novel. Some people tell me the book is amazing, while others say it’s not worth reading. I guess I’ll just need to read it and find out for myself! Here’s part of the summary from Goodreads:

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…. 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.

Disastrous love set in a french opera house? Sounds well worth a try.

Happy winter reading!

Header made by adapting Ice Feathers by Sharon Mollerus.


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