Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

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phantom of the opera coverIt is rumored that in the vast dark spaces of the Paris Opera House lurks a demonic presence: the Opera Ghost. The new owners of the house, MM. Moncharmin and Richard, write this off as the superstitions of theatre folk, and will do everything in their power to ignore the demanding letters left by the “Ghost”. For others, however the Ghost is all too real. One such soul is the comely Christine Daae, whose recent rise to stardom in the opera house can only be described as other-worldly. At one of Christine’s performances she catches the eye, and heart, of her childhood friend, Viscount Raoul de Chagny.

As Raoul begins a clandestine affair with Christine, and the new managers begin a battle with the opera ghost, the sinister forces at work in the Paris Opera House begin to reveal themselves to the world!

This novel was written 1900s, but despite the ‘age gap’, it still remains an exciting adventure. There is action, horror and romance that will appeal to readers of today.

As a work in the United States Public Domain, The Phantom of the Opera novel by Gaston Leroux is available as a free ebook download from Project Gutenberg.

Check the PPLC Catalog for The Phantom of the Opera.

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