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Phantom Before he was the phantom of the opera he was Erik a disturbingly gifted child horribly disfigured from birth who flees into a cruel world where he learns to survive at any cost Torn between good

  • Title: Phantom
  • Author: SusanKay
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  • Before he was the phantom of the opera, he was Erik, a disturbingly gifted child, horribly disfigured from birth, who flees into a cruel world where he learns to survive at any cost Torn between good and evil, driven to seek power as a substitute for the love he fears he can never know, Erik begins a dark journey that takes him across the face of Europe, from a gypsy cageBefore he was the phantom of the opera, he was Erik, a disturbingly gifted child, horribly disfigured from birth, who flees into a cruel world where he learns to survive at any cost Torn between good and evil, driven to seek power as a substitute for the love he fears he can never know, Erik begins a dark journey that takes him across the face of Europe, from a gypsy cage to the treacherous court of Persia, and ultimately to the cellars of the Paris Opera House, where he finally learns the true meaning of love In its original printings in the early 1990s, Phantom sold over 80,000 copies in hardcover and over 600,000 in paperback versions Besides English language versions, Phantom was published in Japanese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch and Swedish The original publishers were Transworld in the UK , Random House, and Bantam Doubleday Dell The novel won the prestigious British Romantic Novel of Year in 1991 Publisher s Weekly called the novel a powerful and moving tour de force and said that Kay adds a new depth and perspective, moving well beyond the familiar boundaries of the story Haunting and unforgettable, this is a book to be savored, a sensual and often poetic exploration of a man s internal conflict between good and evil and of a search for love amidst darkness and despair Don t miss it

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        Susan Kay b 1953 is a writer.She is most known for her book, Phantom, which expands upon the history of Erik, the character from Gaston Leroux s The Phantom of the Opera, in an episodic format of seven chapters from different characters points of view.Susan Kay did not travel to Iran to research the novel, although she did research in person at the Paris Opera House.Her first novel was Legacy, about the life of Queen Elizabeth I and won a Georgette Heyer Historical Novel Prize and a Betty Trask Award in 1985.She worked as a primary school teacher until leaving to bring up a family, and now lives with her husband and two children in Cheshire.


    1. If Kay had stopped where The Phantom of the Opera book and musical started, she would have had a decent book on her hands. Despite turning Erik, the Phantom, into a terrible Gary Stu, she did give him an interesting and detailed history. In fact, if you stop reading the book before Christine comes in, I'd imagine it's pretty enjoyable. However, I kept reading, and there's my problem.(Possible SPOILERS)Once Christine and Raoul entered the story, I moved from wariness, to shock, to disbelief, to t [...]

    2. Fantom, de L'Opera = Phantom of the Opera, Susan Kay Phantom is a 1990 novel by Susan Kay, based on the Gaston Leroux novel The Phantom of the Opera. It is a biography of the title character, Erik.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و سوم ماه اکتبر سال 1999 میلادیتوضیح: «شبح اپرا» اثر: گاستون لورو؛ میباشد که با ترجمه: مرتضی آجودانی، نشر کتابهای جیبی در سال 1343 آن را منتشر کرده، [...]

    3. Wow, I cannot say enough about this book. If you were captivated by any version of The Phantom of the Opera and loved the characters - especially Erik - you need to read this book. It was the first book to ever make me cry. Kay was so imaginative when she wrote the character of Erik and I thought she wrote him beautifully. I loved finally getting to explore his mind and the reasons why he was the way he was, and enjoyed reading of his supposed travels and finding out how he gained all of his kno [...]

    4. Well, I finally read Susan Kay's "Phantom." Before I wrote my own book, I had read nothing but the original Leroux book as I did not want to be influenced by any other writer.I must admit that this book is heartwrenching, sad, but beautifully crafted. I was continually amazed at the ability of the author to see into each character in the book and put it to paper.Erik, of course, broke my heart. I was sick after the first chapter when I saw how his mother treated him. It was a miracle that he was [...]

    5. This book pretty much killed my future enjoyment of published "fanfiction" (like all the Jane Austen stuff and whatnot). Not because it was bad, but because it was so good. Kay didn't give the feel that she was a silly fan playing around in her idol's sandbox, like what is the case with so many who write books based on another's creation. This book was an agonizing read, and the Erik here is a brilliantly rendered character. His journey from the depths to heights of humanity yanked me through th [...]

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    7. Phantom by Susan Kay has been a favorite of mine for a really long time. I first got hooked on Phantom of the Opera stuff in high school. I watched the movie with Gerard Butler, I read the original novel by Gaston Leroux and I found this book. Then, in college among moving stuff from dorm to home and back again, I lost my copy of it! It's probably still floating around somewhere but I bought a new copy and I'm so thrilled that I was able to read it again.Phantom really delves into the mind of th [...]

    8. My mind has touched the farthest horizons of mortal imagination and reaches ever outward to embrace infinity. There is no knowledge beyond my comprehension, no art or skill upon this entire planet that lies beyond the mastery of my hand. And yet, like Faust, I look in vain. I learn in vainFor as long as I live, no woman will ever look on me in love.My kingdom lies in eternal darkness, many feet below the level of the Parisian streets outside, shrouded in the chill silence of the grave. Darkness [...]

    9. First I have to say, I never really was interested in the Phantom of the Opera. I'm still not inclined to see this musical anytime soon.But the book is different. The author uses beautiful language that describes the emotions of the characters so well that you really emphasize with them. Especially the main character Erik, who was born with a mutilated face and has to wear a mask constantly to hide it.The book is divided in several parts with different point of views. The first part is written f [...]

    10. I can see that I'm very much in the minority here. This book did nothing for me, and even though I wasn't expecting to enjoy it all that much I still feel pretty disappointed with it. Susan Kay's 'Phantom' is a spin-off of Gaston Leroux's 'The Phantom of the Opera' (although Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical was obviously an influence on it as well). It retells the life of Erik a.k.a. the Phantom from his birth right up to his death. I first heard about 'Phantom' a couple of years ago but I was extr [...]

    11. Re-read For Valentines Day :)And won't change my ratingill 5 stars!In the Original novel by Gaston Leroux, few details are given regarding Erik's past, although there is no shortage of hints & implications throughout the book.Susan Kays novel Phantom, fills in those missing parts starting with Erik's birth & the fact his mother was horrified by his appearance. The story unfolds with how she copes or I should say dosen't cope with this "monster child." Right away you feel such powerful em [...]

    12. Rating: 4.5 starsI recently read The Phantom of the Opera, and while I liked it, I didn't love it. The character of Erik fascinated me, but I resented it when Christine and Raoul interrupted his story; they seemed almost superfluous, they bored me, they got in the way. So when Susan Kay's Phantom was recommended, I jumped at the chance to discover more about the enigmatic Erik. Phantom begins with his birth; horribly disfigured, he's instantly rejected by his mother, a rejection which will impac [...]

    13. I first heard about this book when I happened to see an interview with Hugh Panaro, the then-star of "Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway. He suggested the text as required reading for anyone looking to play the character of the Phantom or anyone looking to understand his character on a deeper level. Since "Phantom of the Opera" is (hands-down) my favorite Broadway show, and since I promised my father that I would find a way to produce the show with the Drama Club I direct, I thought I'd give it a [...]

    14. Oh boy. I could talk about this book for longer than it takes to read it, but I think I can sum up my feelings on it in one sentence.It is my absolute favorite novel that I have ever read.I have read quite a few novels. It's hard to decisively say which is my favorite. That is, it would be hard, had I not read this book.I've been in a sort of love affair with the story of the Phantom of the Opera for a year or so now. It started with a webcomic. That's another story. Right now we're talking abou [...]

    15. I have no words for how amazing this book is. BEST adaptation of the Phantom of the Opera I've ever read. Just wow.

    16. داستان در مورد یه افسانه قدیمی هستشیه موجودی که بخاطر قیافه خاصش طرد میشه و اواخر داستان عاشق میشهنکته ای که برام جالب بود این بود که این نابغه نازیبا مدتی رو در ایران در زمان ناصرالدین شاه گذرونده و در قتل امیرکبیر هم نقش داشته ! نویسنده اطلاعات خوبی داشته از کشور هایی که در خ [...]

    17. This novel seems to flawlessly set up every mysterious bit of The Phantom of the Opera, only to then proceed to fix every "mistake" of the story. At first I was baffled by how diligently Kay wove the tapestry of Erik's only life to scream "screw you!" at Leroux directly after.I'll be the first to admit it - I have never finished the original novel; however, I do consider myself a connoisseur of the stage show, and know enough of the work it's based upon to realize just how many liberties Kay dec [...]

    18. I first read this book when I was 14, so it's hard to know how I would have felt about it if I'd read it now, because it is so deeply ingrained in how I approach the Phantom mythology and the character of Erik.That said, I loved this book so much at 14 I remember reading the book during my freshman year classes, and then reading the whole thing over and over and over. Even now, I can pick up this book, flip to any random page, and just love wherever I'm at. There are only 2 other books I can do [...]

    19. I love Phantom of the Opera more than a lot of things. In fact, I'd say that it is my all-time favorite "love" story/musical/production/movie (2004) ever. I have no shame in the fact that I'm literally obsessed with POTO. But, of course, there are a few problems. I think this book a phenomenal retelling of the origianl work, and I appreciated how she attempted to stay (somewhat) close to Gaston Leroux's, and I enjoyed learning about Erik's past, whether or not it was true. I had some problems, t [...]

    20. This is definitely a must-read for any Phantom fan! There are truly no words to explain the beauty and the humanity that Erik a.k.a. The Phantom possesses in this book. It made me cry, it made me laugh, it made me gasp in horror and tremble with anticipation. Susan Kay does a fantastic job capturing the war-ravaged heart of Erik, giving him a horrible, loveless background but a deep-set humanity that surpasses all expectations. It is needless to say that I fell in love with this man for the beau [...]

    21. This is one of my favorite books. If you like the story of the Phantom of the Opera, you'll be both astounded and heartbroken by Susan Kay's portrayal of Eric's life - from his birth, to after his death. Often, with tales from the "bad guy's" perspective, you start to feel sorry for the antagonist. The traditional Phantom of the Opera does this already; you feel sorry for the "bad guy," but you ultimately end up siding with Christine.Phantom does something a little different. You fall in love wi [...]

    22. A long look into the mind of the Phantom of the Opera. I love the music and the opera and now understand the underground architecture. Poor Erik is raised without affection although he has talents and skills that are insurmountable.A sad ending to a hard life.

    23. Gaston Leroux's tale of a disfigured genius living in the cellars of the Paris Opéra and falling in love with a beautiful singer has become a classic, thanks due to the many film adaptations and especially to Andrew Lloyd Webber's award-winning musical sensation.After the début of Webber's version, the Phantom theme has grown into a cultural phenomenon with a league of “Phans” enthralled with the love story cum mystery thriller similar to the Romantic generation of the 19th century that wa [...]

    24. I read this novel a long time ago. I remember I was a teenager when I read this book. I've read it like 5 times and it still makes me burst in emotions. I remember the book's edge slightly peeping between others in my parents book shelf, all red and full of dust. I just wanted to read something and I was instantly drawn to pick it up. And when I did, I blew the dust away and there I saw the beautiful cover. A golden mask, the name "Phantom of the Opera" by Susan Kay in all its red background glo [...]

    25. I've met my match. I have never ever ever come across a book, barring this one, that I just couldn't handle reading for extended periods of time. Not because it was bad, but because it was just so darn sad!I'm a huge fan of Leroux's original novel and I'm always nervous about reading anything to do with Phantom of the Opera (I'm still recovering from The Phantom of Manhattan), but there really wasn't anything to worry about with this one. Susan Kay did a remarkable job of fleshing out Erik's pre [...]

    26. After all this time?Always.That quote can really apply to just about any romantic story, but especially the Phantom of the Opera. And this book, in particular. I'm coming back to this now after 10-ish years and it still holds up and I'm so content right now.Okay, so here's my life story with this whole phenomenon. Apparently my mother had the musical cast album when I was a kid but it scared me (not something I remember, I was probably 2ish). Got obsessed with the musical to the point of writing [...]

    27. I absolutely loved this book. It gave me all of the details of Erik's life that I craved to learn that weren't mentioned enough in Gaston Leroux's version. The characters were all believable and wonderfully written. I can not give enough praise for this novel.It begins with Erik's birth and ends almost twenty years after his death, but the detail and the events are wonderful. Erik was the insane genius I love so much, and Christine Daaé's personality had an unexpected note that wasn't really to [...]

    28. As soon as I finished this book, I paused for a few minutes and then turned to page one to relive the whole journey again. I loved Kay's writing style. The story was imaginative and fit like a glove for my idea of Erik. I can't say enough about the first 2/3 of the book. AND THENI don't know what happened. The last part of the book (essentially where Christine and Erik meet) didn't sit right with me the first time I read it. It was even worse the second time. I realize Kaye had to somewhat stay [...]

    29. I was REALLY into Phantom of the Opera when I was about 13, and still love the story and atmosphere, even if I'm not as enthralled with the musical as I was then. I read the novel a few years ago and liked that as well, so at that time I made a list of Phantom-based books, including this one. Basically, it's glorified fan fiction, but it wasn't terrible. One of the great appeals of the Phantom is speculating over his past, and this novel satisfies that in ways I enjoyed more than I anticipated. [...]

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