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The Phantom of the Opera (Penguin Classics) Paperback – May 29, 2012
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About the Author
Mireille Ribière is a freelance author and translator. She holds a PhD in twentieth-century French literature from the University of London and is a well-known specialist of the work of French writer Georges Perec. She has published extensively in the fields of twentieth century literature, as well as photography and the visual arts.
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All it in all, more than worth the read and its my favorite to re-read of the translations but if you're looking for the most detailed translation or one to reference for a paper, the Lowell Bair one would be a better bet
This new translation of a timeless classic is lyrical and enthralling. As I had previously only read the Alexander Texeira De Matthos translation(which is murder to the original)I was shocked to find how much had been omitted! Mirielle's prose is detailed and haunting. The annotations are informative and interesting, though I do wish that they hadn't been in the back, and rather on the same page as their indications..., but that's a minor thing. The introduction was fascinating and studious. Buy it. You won't be dissapointed.
But Gaston Leroux's novel is still a spellbinding experience, full of atmospheric horror, a sense of gothic mystery, and lushly evocative language. But its crown jewel is Erik: a magnificently tortured anti-hero who inspires more horror, pity and sympathy than the rather flat hero and heroine.
The Paris opera house is said to be haunted by a ghost with a "death's head," who demands a small salary and a reserved box. Despite the sightings and fears of ballerinas and stagehands, the new managers are determined to stamp out this ridiculous story -- despite threatening letters and increasing accidents that happen around them.
Meanwhile, budding diva Christine Daae is taking Paris by storm, although nobody quite knows who taught her how to sing. And when her childhood friend Viscount Raoul de Chagny pays her a visit, he hears a passionate exchange between her and a man -- but there's no man there. She credits her new vocal abilities to the Angel of Music, but of course, that self-same Angel is the opera ghost.
As the Phantom becomes even more attached to Christine, Raoul soon finds that the ghost is actually a half-mad, horribly deformed musical genius named Erik -- and that after Christine saw his true face, he made her become engaged to him. The young lovers plan to run away together, but the "Angel of Music" isn't about to allow his beloved Christine to leave him...
Apparently there actually were some odd events -- including rumours of an opera ghost -- happening when Gaston Leroux began writing "The Phantom of the Opera.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Best choice of cast for play. 2 different types of voices made the story sooooo... real. Thanks Andrew. I'm singing along.Published on November 15, 2013 by Lillian Knudson
My daughter wanted to read this and loves it immensely. A++++++++, highly recommended for anyone who loves to read books.Published on June 6, 2013 by Heather
I think that Penguin Classics does a superb job in translating classics, so I bought this Mireille Ribiere translation of Gaston Leroux's famous "Phantom of the Opera". Read morePublished on March 25, 2013 by Alberta Einsteinium
This is a gift for a friend who love the book so much and couldn't find it in the local book store. Luckily I got my android apps and in a few clicks, I purchased it and its on its... Read morePublished on January 8, 2013 by Hazrie
Amazing story, so much better than anything that has been captured on screen or stage under the same name well worth the time to read.Published on November 15, 2012 by David L Proctor