Book Memories

August 1, 2010

The Phantom Of The Opera
By: Gaston Leroux
320 Pages**
(**B&N's classics version of the book)

My Husband & I have seen the musical twice and LOVED it. So when I found out it was a book first, I was hesitant to read it. Would it be as good? Well, I eventually read it, and it was every bit as good as the musical, though it different ways.
In the musical, the theatre does Opera shows, whereas the book does Ballets. Among some other differences that were minor for me, I LOVED the book! It was every bit as magical for me as the musical was. I would have a hard time deciding which was better: the book or the musical.

While some of the characters in the book didn't make it into the musical, I loved reading about them. The Parisian was a particularly favorite. The book was phenomenal with telling the story of the Phantom. You get a better look at him and why he is driven to the lengths he goes to. You get a much better look at his world under the theatre in the book and I enjoyed that to no end.

The ending is more heartbreaking in the book, I think. Though I have to say, I would've been heartbroken with any ending. This book was definitely one of those stories that pulls you in and keeps you glued. I can see myself reading this book many times more to come. It has become one of my all-time favorite classics!


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on August 2, 2010 at 1:52 AM said...

I'm so glad this book is one of your all-time favourite classics! It is actually my favourite novel ever written, and although I love many books, this one is my baby.;)
I have seen the show as well, in London, and I really love the 2004 movie version, but the book is still the most special version of the story to me, as I got to know the Phantom's world through the book first.

I have to re-read it this year, I do.

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Jen on August 2, 2010 at 9:57 AM said...

irena- I wish I had been able to read the book first. But, I'm glad I eventually did. It's definitely one of those books you read many times and enjoy it as much as you did the first time you read it! I can see why it's your favorite! Good pick!! Thanks for the comment.

Jen on August 2, 2010 at 9:58 AM said...

Anaivanus- thank you so much! it's my first award and i'm so excited!! thank you for visiting my blog, too.

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