My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I suppose I will do this review in English though I read it in French. Don't give me too much credit, I read the adapted version for intermediate French students. As I call it, the stupid people's version. No offense intended. Je me moque.
Summary: A disturbingly gifted child, horribly disfigured from birth, flees into a cruel world where he will learn to survive at any cost.
Torn between good and evil, driven to seek power as a substitute for the love he fears he can never know, Erik begins a dark journey that will take him acros the face of Europe, from a gypsy cage to the treacherous court of Persia, and ultimately to the cellars of the Paris Opera House, where he must finally learn the true meaning of love.Characters:
Because it can get confusing-
- Raoul=Vicomte (de Chagny)
Maybe I just was tired of learning French grammar, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I was impressed by the suspense and mystery, especially considering the time period in which it was written. I imagine this was considered a horror story, actually frightening the then audience. This truly is a beautiful story about hardship, love, suspense,... Tolerate the characters and you will enjoy it.
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes, I'm thinking about reading the real version. Whether I'll read it in English or French I'm not sure about.
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