My Rating: 4 Stars
A classic that I couldn't miss. Romance and drama aren't really my genres but despite that, I got into the story and its characters. Honestly, I couldn't get along with Raoul much, no matter how much I tried to understand him, but I think he is the typical representation of a gentleman completely and madly in love with the main female character.
If not from the book but from the movies, I would think almost everyone knows the main lines of this story. This book tells the story of a "phantom" that resides in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. This mysterious figure falls in love with a young singer Christine and is so desperate for her love that he kidnaps her. The problem is, Christine is in love with her childhood friend Raoul. Driven with jealousy and thirst for love, the masked figure will stop at nothing to have what he wants.
My first observation is that Raoul is an emotionally-charged character, because in almost every scene, he acts very dramatically. He's the perfect representation of a romanticism character with the exaltation of emotions.
The Phantom is mysterious and intriguing and I really admire his persistence and determination. Even though most of his actions are forceful and meant to hurt people, it's easy to see that he never knew anything but cruelty. His desperation to be loved by Christine is so great that he risks everything because he has nothing to lose. In the end of the book, we find out the story of the Phantom and it's impossible not to have one or two tears in the corner of the eye.
It's a heart-felt story, full of suspense, romance and drama. A most-read for the classics!
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.
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