The Phantom of Manhattan

The Phantom of Manhattan

Book - 1999
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It is 1906, and few in the teeming metropolis of New York City have heard of, let alone seen, the hugely wealthy man who controls so many of their lives. Few, too, would have heard of the extraordinary events that took place at the Paris Opera House more than twenty years before -- a story as dramatic as any of the operas themselves: a tale of love and murder and passion, the heartbreaking legend of the Phantom of the Opera...

It all began in 1882, when Antoinette Giry, Maitresse du Corps de Ballet at the Opera, took her small child, Meg, to a carnival. And there, to her horror, she saw a caged, filthy, manacled creature whose tormented eyes shone from a grotesquely deformed face. Overcome by pity, Madame Giry freed him, cured his wounds and finally let him find a dwelling place in the seven below ground levels of the labyrinthine Opera. The creature -- Erik -- was to become the Phantom of the Opera, his hideous visage masking a brilliant mind. He is a magician, an artist, a musician, and lover. But when he tries to lure the object of his adoration to his underground domain -- it must end in tragedy.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780312246563
0312246560
Branch Call Number: FORSYTH
Characteristics: 177 p

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Aug 28, 2015

A significant dparture from such Forsyth standards as The Devil's Alternative or The Day of the Jackal; no spies or terrorists here. It gathers bits of narrative from the perspectives of a number of different characters, as Forsyth often does. As the title implies, it's a sequel to the famous French story of the Phantom of the Opera. Quite a concise but captivating story, it can easily be read in one long evening.

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