The story of a man named Erik, an eccentric, physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful soprano, under his wing.
It’s a classic for a reason!
When I read this book, I liked it right away. I never became a huge fan the way some readers have, but I enjoyed the story. The language Gaston Lereaux uses in telling the tale is beautiful and poetic, making this eerie tale of terror, unrequited love, and obsession utterly haunting. I have seen three different film versions of this book, my favorite being a horror movie from 1989 or 1990 with Robert Englund as the title character, but none of them even touch the potent power of this extraordinary book. Very suspenseful, very scary, very passionate!
My enchantment with the Phantom of the Opera has been somewhat weird. I attended the play twice but understood nothing. The second time my son was so attracted by the theme and read the sequel. Since then I committed myself to read the book before going for a third try to understand the play. It worked.
Gaston Leroux guided me though a fascinating underground world of the theater. I was amazed how you can live in many landscapes, and places that extends beyond the physical limits of the building. Just what the scenography does in the theater.
The description of the feelings of Erik led me to reflect on the impact of love, or no love, in humans.
This book is a classic worth reading.