Book report: The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

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I would not recommend this book to anyone except die-hard PotO fans.

Leroux chose to tell this tale in the guise of a documentary, and he spent so much time proving its truth that the story became cumbersome and even tiresome. Andrew Lloyd Webber did us all a favor when he extracted the storyline from its coffin of “verifiable sources,” improving both its simplicity and–interestingly enough–its credibility. In a way, he did for PotO what Peter Jackson did for The Lord of the Rings, in taking the interesting kernel of the plot and making it accessible for a contemporary audience.

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