woensdag 7 maart 2012

50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 10: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Title: The Phantom of the Opera
Author: Gaston Leroux
Story: He lurked in the shadows of the Paris Opera House--a man with the voice of an angel but the face of a monster. His only hope for love is a beautiful soprano who draws him . . . to disaster.
Start: march 1st 2012
End: march 5th 2012
Comment: I was really excited to read this book, I expected it to be a mysterious lovestory with a lot of tension. The story idea itself is interesting. In the novel, a disfigured man lives underneath an opera house in France and becomes obsessed with one of the opera singers. He seems to haunt the opera and makes demands that must be met lest the opera feels his rage. When I started reading, it took me some time to get into it. But I never really got to that point. It was a bit of a drag. The story never really got exciting and the characters are weakly developed. The best part of the novel is the epilogue, which gives details of the Phantom's origins, all of which are far more interesting than the contents of the book. "The Phantom of the Opera" was a huge disappoinment.
Rating: 2/ 5

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