Wednesday, 26 October 2011

LEROUX, Gaston, The Phantom of the Opera, abridged edition, Mass Market Paperback

Sergio G. Sánchez, 2º Bachillerato EFL

The story is about a man, Erik, whose face is deformed, and who lives under the stage of a famous theatre in Paris. He is in love with a singer, Christine Daaé. But she is engaged to Raoul de Chagny. The phantom invites her to visit his house and the secret catacombs of the theatre. After that, the main character shows her his deformed face, she screams of terror, so the phantom locks her and only lets her go when she promises to come again to visit him.
When she is safe, she discovers that the phantom is the person responsible for murders and accidents. She marries Raoul de Chagny in secret and tries to leave Paris, but ...
I think that all the classic novels are really good, but some of them could be boring. In this case (the adaptation) is never boring, it is as if the phantom is going to catch you when you are reading. The novel is a mix of mystery, terror, action and love, a book to have a great time. I recommend this novel for everybody who wants to have a good time with a book. The society of Paris in the 19th century is represented very well The vocabulary is easy to understand. Enjoy!

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