The Phantom of the Opera by Peter F. Neumeyer PDF

95. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux.Young Raoul is a Viscount who loves Christine, an up-and-coming opera singer. His attempts to spend time with Christine are mostly thwarted, though she does seem to like Raoul. These mixed signals cause Raoul to stalk Christine and find out why she keeps the other man in her life a secret.

I thought I had a pretty good idea what the plot of The Phantom of the Opera was about: monster who loves music also loves (obsesses over) pretty girl and kidnaps her. That's some of it, but the story is more complex. For instance, it's a surprise to learn that the phantom's name is Erik. That's not a spoiler, it's all over the place in the story. I kept thinking 'Erik the Monster'. I also thought this book was older, like from the Victorian era, but it was published in 1911. And it isn't entirely tense, as there are bits of humor in the story.
The writing style was fine for me, but I didn't think the horror aspect of the story had held up well. There are tense passages but they come more from chases or a character's imprisonment than from the intended fear of Erik. At least for me. I thought the story could have wrapped up about 60 pages sooner, as the chasing back and forth between Raoul and Erik over the beloved Christine became a bit monotonous.
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