From the author of "Legacy", winner of the Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize and the Betty Trask Award, this novel re-interprets the 1911 novel by Gaston Leroux which tells the story of Erik, facially disfigured from birth, who falls in love with a young soprano.From the author of "Legacy", winner of the Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize and the Betty Trask Award, this novel re-interprets the 1911 novel by Gaston Leroux which tells the story of Erik, facially disfigured from birth, who falls in love with a young soprano.Read Less
This item is printed on demand. "Powerful, moving tour de force, " says "Publishers Weekly.".". adds new depth to the (original story)...Haunting and unforgettable. A sensual and poetic exploration of a man's internal conflict between good and evi.
This story is tragic yet fascinating! It kept me captivated from the very first page. There are some wonderful characters who you truly grow to love.
Mar 4, 2010
good book back buy
While the book is a great read, the condition of this book was highly disapointing.It was no where near the condition it said it was, the pages are all yellow and just a horrid condition. Waste of money for this copy. But the book is a great read!
May 21, 2009
EXCITING AND COMPELLING
THE STORY OF ERIC / PHANTOM IS SO CLEAR AND COMPLETE. I FEEL I KNOW HIM AND I DO HAVE SYMPATHY FOR HIM.
HE IS DANGEROUS AND PITIFUL.
THIS IS AN EXCITING AND COMPELLING READ. I STAYED UP AT NIGHT TO GET THROUGH SEVERAL CHAPTERS.
Oct 8, 2007
I've lost count the number of times I've read this book. Susan Kay has written a classic. This an absolutely beautiful novel from begining to end.
This book gives us a look at the mysterious Persian from the orignal tale. Erik's own mother narrates the first part of the book. Its amazing how Kay was able to tell Erik's life by using the clues from "The Phantom of the Opera" novel.
This book is by far the best novel written. I have yet to come across a person who did not love every page. This is a fantastic book, well worth a long read.
Jun 16, 2007
I just finished this book this morning, after feverishly ripping through about 200-250 pages in two days (it's a 450+ page book), and I must say wow! This book is above and beyond what I expected. I'd heard of this book for several years before I finally said, "what the heck!" and got it from the library. I expected it to either be a boring rehashing of everything from Leroux's original or a highly-irrational prequel that made up it's own facts. I was plesently surprised to find that it is actually a prequel which remains very faithful to Leroux's novel, it also goes beyond being a prequel.
Once the story gets into the part of Erik's life where he meets Christine and the events of "The Phantom of the Opera" happen, instead of simply retelling what we read in the original, Kay switches the story from being a physical narrative of what the characters are doing to a mental narrative where she tells what they're thinking and feeling. Quite an ingenious idea. The events of the original novel are better explained in this novel by simply explaining what mindset the characters were in.
The Phantom's back story is unveiled in this novel and we learn about his tortured childhood. Kay does a great job making the character sympathetic. Bits of just about all the different Phantoms from stage, screen, and literature build up Kay's Erik. You can now really understand his love for darkness and the night. The reason behind his love for Christine is also better explained.
I was very glad to see the characters humanized in this version. Christine is allowed to be seen a real girl growing into woman hood. She even includes all the realistic emotions of a girl this age: Love, confusion, jealousy, etc. Raoul is made hateable, something most Phans enjoy. However, toward the end you feel for him.
Overall: AMAZING BOOK! I would recommend it to anyone!
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