Book Review: The Phantom of the Opera
The Paris Opera House is home to music and strange occurrences. Rumors of an Opera Ghost abound. One night, a young man named Raoul de Comte de Chagny visits singer Christine Daae, his secret love. When he reaches her dressing room, he overhears Christine speaking to an unseen voice. As he starts delving further into the mystery, he is forced to confront a horror beyond his imagination.
One of the best things about this book is the suspense. It is in just about every chapter. When things start to slow down with a character, the Opera Ghost makes a creepy sudden appearance. This made the novel very engaging.
Another great aspect of the novel is the author’s writing style. From time to time, it is absolutely beautiful. It is like reading a line from Shakespeare. A favorite line goes, “Your soul is a beautiful thing child, and I thank you. No emperor ever received such a gift. THE ANGELS WEPT TONIGHT.”
Lastly, the Opera Ghost is one of the most amazing characters ever. He is the perfect embodiment of the mask motif that is throughout the novel. In fact, just the question “Who is the Opera Ghost?” displays that theme. Is he a ghost? Is he a monster? These are insightful questions to think about while reading.
All in all, this book was wonderful. Horror and gothic literature fans will definitely enjoy this book.