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I like reading books about war dogs, shipwrecks, and lady aviators.

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The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss
Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper

Give me 20,000 francs or the chandelier falls! -- O.G.

The Phantom of the Opera - Gaston Leroux, Manuela Hoelterhoff, Anne Perry

Phantom of the Opera has long been one of my favorite musicals, so I was excited to finally get around to reading the original. I loved it!


Leroux's original text is compelling and carries a captivating atmosphere. It was fun to see how Andrew Lloyd Webber adapted the source material. I was most surprised by how utterly unsympathetic Erik/Opera Ghost is in the text. He's presented as a true monster until the very final pages, when we finally see hints of humanity shine through. In all the musical versions I've seen, an effort is made to humanize Erik early on... very interesting.


There were obviously syntactic and linguistic oddities, which are simply a reflection of the historical moment in which this text was written. I did pause upon seeing people referred to as "Orientals" and other racial terms we wouldn't use today. It's a good reminder of how far we've come. I loved that the Opera Ghost was frequently referred to as simply O.G. OG, indeed.


What's your favorite musical? Have you read its source text?