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Established in 2007 by the Leatherby Libraries, the Community of Readers is the summer reading program for Chapman University. This program is open to everyone who has borrowing privileges at the Leatherby Libraries and a current library account, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members select books from the Leatherby Libraries and receive prizes upon submission of their first review. The only requirement is that books must be obtained through the Leatherby Libraries.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera
Gaston Leroux
Call Number
PQ2623.E6 F213 1911
2nd Floor Humanities
Somewhat Recommended
Book Review
Many people know and love the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, but the book it is based upon is quite different.  Raoul is the main character in the original telling of the story, and he is so much more melodramatic that it borders on comical; the Phantom is more awkward and demanding but not so darkly romantic; and Christine is just kind of there.  However, for readers who know and like the literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, or fans of the musical who want more background on the main characters, this is a good enough read.
Submitted By
Kristin Laughtin-Dunker
Department or Major
Leatherby Libraries

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