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Madrigal: A novel of Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera Paperback – September 21, 2008
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Let me continue by saying that I'm going to be slightly harder on this book than maybe is necessary simply because it is claiming to be a continuation of GL's book, with all that it implies. There were two main categories of issues/problems: the historical/literary, and the plot based ones. (And let me wrap up by saying I would actually have given this 2.5 stars if I could have)
Historical & literary problems:
I will preface this by saying that GL's original book is in itself many ways a fairy tale, playing fast and loose with the social conventions of the day for the sake of a good story, so many things I let slide. However, other reviewers have claimed this book follows the style and setting of GL's book, and I just didn't see it. For example:
1. Everyone calling everyone by first names. Near strangers would never have referred to Anna as "Anna." Christine and Raoul wouldn't have introduced themselves as "Christine and Raoul."
2. The plethora of "screw _____" "son-of-a-bitch" and "bastard"s, as well as an alarming number of men thinking about their own erect penises, really took away from whatever feeling there was of this being in the style or manner of GL.
3. On page 142, a character says "Do all Barret's have such audacity?" Lord almighty. Barret is NOT a possessive in that sentence. There should not be an apostrophe there.
1. Anna is just so damn understanding.Read more ›
"My story? I am a murderer. A murderer and a Maestro, a magician and a mastermind. There is nothing in this world I have not mastered, nothing unattainable beyond my grasp. I am a wealthy, powerful genius, with the voice of an angel and the soul of a madman..." --Jennifer Linforth's Phantom
The above quote has got to be my favorite of all in the novel titled Madrigal. Madrigal is the story of the Phantom of the Opera years after Christine had left Erik for Raoul. Small packages of paper, figs, and ink have been left by an anonymous stranger for the Phantom, but who after all these years, and even after faking his own death, would want to reach out to him now?
A man still in love with a woman that wants nothing to do with him, finds love in a woman that is the exact opposite of Christine. Le Fantome, is forced to reappear when the managers of the Opera Garnier make plans for a con. With this con, there will come a lot of trouble, trouble only the real Phantom can control.
Anna knows the man beneath the mask, she knows there is a war raging inside of him, and to her, he is the only man she can see herself loving; even if she has to rate as second best. Anna shows Erik compassion, passion, and a love that she has never been shown herself. A young lady that has been pawned off by her deadbeat con of a father, Anna has suffered the life no lady should have to experience. When Erik reveals his disfigurement to her, Anna is taken aback but only for a moment, she knows the man with golden eyes, she knows his heart, and she will not see him for the monster everyone claims he was, she will see the man, the man Erik longs to be.Read more ›
When purchasing books online however, reviews are a crucial part of the decision whether or not to buy--and none of the reviews so far have touched on the quality of the writing in this novel...and, unfortunately, the writing is...not good.
This does not read like a book written by a professional author--instead, it feels like passionate, but amateurish fan fiction on DeviantArt. (Not that I'm knocking DeviantArt, because there are some truly astounding artists there, but the majority of the art submitted there, in all genres, ranges from awful, to mediocre.)
The author relies heavily on the passive voice, weakening the story's pacing. There is FAR too much "telling" rather than "showing" what is happening. Modifiers abound, usually in pairs, and as with many budding writers, the author's love of words results in WAY too many "big" words being used, where simpler ones would be much more effective.
To make matters worse, the text is littered with malaproprisms and/or words that are used incorrectly or oddly--both in terms of meaning and with regards to grammar. And similes??? OUCH!!! Go ahead and *try* to get through more than 5 pages without knocking against a heavy-handed simile!
Yes, I am guilty of making claims about the author's writing without backing them up with concrete, specific examples from the book.Read more ›
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Reviewed by Robin
Book provided by the publisher for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
I’ve always wondered what could have happened had... Read more
Loved this story about the Phantom. Thank God for Anna. Good for Erik not caving in to Christine's demands after she rejected him the first time. And as usual, Raoul was an idiot. Read morePublished on August 16, 2013 by Kindle Customer
One of my alltime favorite books is Phantom, by Susan Kay. I purchased Madrigal in the spirit of what-happens-next, and while the concept of the story was entertaining, I was not... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by floridakat85
Now, mind you, I've been delving into numerous Phantom fictions, including Susan Kays 'Phantom', and others. Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by Stirack
This is a most worthy sequel to Leroux's original novel. A grand and adventurous pondering of what might have happened if Erik chose to live rather than "die of love", it... Read morePublished on June 10, 2011 by Cailin
I did not think I would enjoy the book as much as I did. I really believed that without Christine that the book woul SUCK. I was pleasently surprised. Read morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Sydney Popsuj
"Madrigal" is book 1 of a series based on Gaston Leroux's "The Phantom of the Opera." The story begins several years following Erik's release of Christine and Raoul and his... Read morePublished on October 4, 2010 by Johnnie's Angel
I read this book with the most hopeful of expectations, having had it recommended by several dear friends. I am a Christian, and I am very careful about what kind of books I read. Read morePublished on September 12, 2009 by Shirley A. Chatham