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Mari Fujimura, 藤村真理
The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux, Manuela Hoelterhoff, Anne Perry If you've seen the musical or movie you know the story - Opera Ghost terrorizes managers and presents himself as an Angel of Music to the up and coming Christine Daae. He gives her lessons and tries to make her fall in love with him with some success. But then Christine's childhood friend, Raoul, appears and sweeps her off her feet, making O.G. crazy. Kidnapping ensues.The novel is more fully realized than the musical and more intricately constructed. There were some lines in the show that seemed like throwaways ("Little Lotte", "hand at the level of your eyes") that are fully fleshed out here. Raoul and Christine are still flat character-wise, but the phantom and the Opera building itself shine. The ending felt a little rushed but I like how all the ends were neatly tied in an epilogue.I had a hard time putting the book down but it doesn't quite feel like a five star read. I want to reread it but it would be for pure pleasure, not because I could learn or gain something from the text. So let's call it a solid, enjoyable four star book.