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Il fantasma dell'Opera
Il fantasma dell'Opera
Il fantasma dell'Opera
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Il fantasma dell'Opera

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Introduzione di Vieri Razzini
Traduzione di Maurizio Grasso
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Sono molte, a tutt’oggi, le riduzioni cinematografiche – la più bella e la più fedele quella del 1925 con Lon Chaney, la più recente quella diretta da Joel Schumacher, trasposizione del musical di Andrew Lloyd Webber – che hanno consacrato la popolarità di questa originalissima opera scritta da Leroux nel 1911. La storia dell’amore di Erik – costretto a nascondere le sue orrende fattezze dietro una maschera – per Christine, la giovane soprano tanto graziosa quanto inesperta, si svolge tutta nell’ambiente del teatro dell’Opera, che diviene alter ego del Fantasma, luogo che crea l’azione. Campione di tutti gli eccessi, “mostro” al pari di Frankenstein e del Conte Dracula, la educherà, s’impossesserà di lei, riuscirà a far sgorgare dal petto della sua schiava d’amore una voce sublime… Una macchina narrativa sapientissima consente a Leroux di tenere in perfetto equilibrio commedia, avventura, poliziesco e grandguignol; così che alla fine della lettura ci accorgiamo di essere stati catturati da una storia tanto carica di suggestioni quanto lineare ed emblematica.


Gaston Leroux

(1868-1927), nato a Parigi, lasciò la professione di avvocato per divenire giornalista giudiziario e poi corrispondente di guerra del «Matin». Conosciuto soprattutto per i brillanti romanzi polizieschi – tra cui Il mistero della camera gialla (1908) e Il castello nero (1916) – è autore anche di racconti a sfondo psicologico e di opere teatrali.
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Data di uscita16 dic 2013
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Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux (1868–1927) was a French writer best known for his novel The Phantom of the Opera. Born in Paris, Leroux initially worked as a critic and court reporter for the newspapers L’Écho de Paris and Le Matin. In 1918 he formed a film company called the Société des Cinéromans. After quitting journalism to focus on writing fiction, Leroux went on to publish dozens of novels. He died at his home in Nice, France. 

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  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    [ Phantom of the Opera] by [Gaston Leroux] was a Gothic tale centering around the ghost of the Paris Opera House, Eric (as they call him). I have seen the musical twice and much prefer it over the book not because of the scenery, the costumes, or the music, but because of the tale, or the lack of it The book is very very detailed and we have a nice little wrapped up package in the end, where everybody ends up "happy", even Eric; who finds another opera house. I much prefer the "unknown" of the musical. The book also seemed to drag for about 4-5 chapters when telling about the dungeon. I read this and listened to it on audio while driving. The audio was very well done. A good read; not a great read.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    A timeless classic in the Gothic horror genre, rightly compared with Victor Hugo's Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The afterword mentions an American reviewer's distaste for the opera ghost being merely human, but after seeing many horror movies in recent times where the face of the supernatural being is revealed, I am inclined to prefer the man masquerading as a ghost any time. Apparently Leroux wrote detective novels before this work and the influence is noticeable. The nature of the building and the brilliant descriptions (or more accurately, allusions) to the opera itself recall many a nightmare where one is trapped underground. Leroux had access to the Palais Garnier to research his work and it is obvious in the story. This was an easy and enjoyable read and one I should have completed many years earlier. While I do not usually have a preference for the Gothic genre, this 1910 classic presents a complex mood that, for me, was belied by the images of the phantom singing with Marina Prior that haunted Australian televisions screens throughout the 1990s.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    2.5 StarsI saw (one of the many) movie[s] when I was a kid and the opera itself about 12 years ago and I have to say I enjoyed the opera better than the book. As a book, it is just strange and odd with lots of long descriptions and telling and few scenes with dialogue. Played out on stage this is amazing, but I struggled reading through it
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    I felt this book was a little disappointing. I wasn't really interested in any of the characters until the end of the novel and even at that point I only really liked Raoul and the Persian. Christine was just so stupid and the Phantom was so annoying with his whole "I'm ugly; pity me!" There wasn't any point in the book where I really wanted to read it until the end as it was building up towards the climax. Then just I was starting to feel like this book was actually going to be great, Gaston Leroux gave it an awful ending. I'm only going to give this book 3.5 stars and I would only recommend to fans of Gothic Literature or movie.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    “I want to have a wife like everybody else and to take her out on Sundays. I have invented a mask that makes me look like anybody. People will not even turn round in the streets. You will be the happiest of women. And we will sing, all by ourselves, till we swoon away with delight. You are crying! You are afraid of me! And yet I am not really wicked. Love me and you shall see! All I wanted was to be loved for myself. If you loved me I should be as gentle as a lamb; and you could do anything with me that you pleased.”

    Poor, unhappy Erik.

    As many people know, the Phantom of the Opera's plot is like the fairytale Beauty and the Beast with tragic ending instead of a happy one. The beast, the Opera Ghost, named Erik lived under a Opera House. He haunted it with his craftsmanship of trickery and illusions. Christine Daae, on the other hand, was an opera singer who were lured by the Opera Ghost; she believed that Erik was the Angel of Music. Raoul de Chagny was her lover.

    The author succeeded in interlocking his story to the real facts and events in real life. At the beginning, for a moment there, I was beginning to believe the story was real. But, I remember this book is under fiction. haha. I had a lull moment in the middle part which caused me to do something else and not finish this book at once. I picked the momentum again by reading ChapterXX (That's why I do not easily give up on books). I like the part of the Persian until the end of the book.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    Love triangle with a ghost. Kept me occupied
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    Very exciting!
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    Ok classic book
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    [ Phantom of the Opera] by [Gaston Leroux] was a Gothic tale centering around the ghost of the Paris Opera House, Eric (as they call him). I have seen the musical twice and much prefer it over the book not because of the scenery, the costumes, or the music, but because of the tale, or the lack of it The book is very very detailed and we have a nice little wrapped up package in the end, where everybody ends up "happy", even Eric; who finds another opera house. I much prefer the "unknown" of the musical. The book also seemed to drag for about 4-5 chapters when telling about the dungeon. I read this and listened to it on audio while driving. The audio was very well done. A good read; not a great read.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    I was really enjoying this, and then I found out the translation I am reading is inaccurate and abridged! :(

    I guess I'll just have to read it again later. I think I'll wait until the new Mireille Ribière translation comes out in March.
  • Valutazione: 5 su 5 stelle
    5/5
    Delightful. I was a fan of the play first, of course, but the book adds so much more dimension to a story that is already beautiful and tragic. I loved learning more about Eric (the phantom), where he came from and how terrifyingly clever he was. Much more frightening than the musical. I'm trying to re-read it in French, but I keep getting side-tracked.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    This is the one and only time you will hear me say 'I liked the movie/play better' Because I did. Its still an enjoyable book, very creepy and romantic but I miss the music. Maybe if I listen to the soundtrack while I read it?
  • Valutazione: 1 su 5 stelle
    1/5
    OMG WORST BOOK EVER.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    I've seen the musical more than once and loved both the music and the story, and I remember feeling a little bit sorry for the phantom throughout it all. The unrequited love part of it all made me feel quite sad for this poor character, but now I've read the book my feelings have changed. Erik is a monster. He kills, blackmails and kidnaps. Thank you, Leroux, for such a dark character. The book is beautifully written and a wonderful Gothic tale.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    2.5 stars

    The Phantom of the Opera is almost universally acclaimed as a classic Gothic horror story, and I’ve often heard that it rivals Dracula or Frankenstein. There is no denying the influence of this book, and Leroux deserves a great deal of credit for creating an incredible plot. Conceptually, it is a perfect storm of Gothic nightmares: the ancient, labyrinthine opera house; the many colorful characters that make the beautiful Paris Opera House the center of their lives; a love triangle in which one of the lovers is an actual monster; echoes of Persephone and Hades... What more could a gothic aficionado want?

    Well, unfortunately, good writing is at the top of the list. Leroux's ambition far surpasses his ability. The book is poorly written in nearly every detail. The dialogue is ridiculous; even when the characters are engaged in the most serious discussions, their cartoonish dialogue ruins these scenes. The narrative itself is repetitious, tedious, and contrived, so that the overall effect is rarely horrific or suspenseful; ultimately it was quite mind-numbing and dull. The tone of the book careens widely from slapstick to the thrilling, with the result that any attempted atmospheric consistency is never fully established. The characters are not particularly interesting or sympathetic. Christine Daae is self-centered and manipulative, never demonstrating any admirable qualities. Okay, she is beautiful and talented, but her personality isn't worth all the trouble her suitors go through for her. Raoul, the young man who is madly in love with her, is never develops into a believable character. He is simply too plain to be accept as “real”. The Persian and the Phantom are naturally more interesting, given the air of mystery that surrounds both, but little is done to develop them to something more than minor set characters.

    Frankly, I struggled to finish, and skimmed the audiobook for the last hour or so. Ultimately, I just didn’t care what happened because of the lack of development mentioned above. The potential of the plot is great, but the story wasn’t brought to life for me.

    I also struggled with the narrator and the recording itself. It seemed to change sound levels and tone at random throughout the book, perhaps where the narrator stopped recording for the day, and picked up another time. Whatever the case, the sound guys didn’t save the settings, which didn’t help with the possibilities of this book.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    I was obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera in the sixth grade, after our otherwise useless music teacher taught a unit on the actual opera. I then read the book for a reading project in regular class.
  • Valutazione: 4 su 5 stelle
    4/5
    What is interesting about this novel in light of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, is that the novel seems devoid of a hero. Erik, the Phantom, is a murderous psychopath. His muse, Christine, is a fragile wreck, and her lover Raoul is described as childish and whiny by the author. Yet, the gothic tale is very suspenseful, and we almost don't know who to root for. Erik's background is fascinating, and his genius almost overshadows his murderous rampages. The decent beneath the Opera House is very compelling in its mystery and suspense. Leroux's strength is in his scenic descriptions. It is through flashbacks that we best sympathize with the characters, as the author's dialogue does his characters no favors. For fans of the musical, much more is explained between the relationship between Madame Giry and the Phantom, how Christine came to the Opera, and, best of all, how the Phantom constructed his underground lair. His description of the impressive hideaway blows the Broadway scenery right out of the water.
  • Valutazione: 3 su 5 stelle
    3/5
    I thought this was good in most parts yet at times I found it either dull or confusing. But the good outweighs the bad.I think the third-person narrator swapping over to first person - allowing the Persian character to take over - was a mistake. I would rather have 'seen' what was going on with the heroine and the villain, rather than 'listening' to what the Persian and the hero could hear. The novel features as much humour as it does Gothic horror, which I enjoyed. I had to smile at the amount of times the hero bursts into tears through his passionate love for the heroine - she seldom cries yet he's easily set off!