I recently read Gaston Leroux’s “Phantom of the Opera” and really enjoyed it. I like classical literature and this was a great classical fantasy mystery horror book to read. The two main characters Christine and Erik are very complex. Erik, the phantom, is a fascinating villain. There are many themes in the book but the concept of being too ugly to love was one of them. Born looking like a cadaver, rejected by his parents sets the tone for Erik’s life. The desperate need by all people to be loved comes out in the book. Chrisine’s social stature, despite beauty and talent, means by society’s standard she should not reach upward to love the wealthy elite Raoul and likewise Raoul should not reach down to her. Erik despite having amazing talents in music is cut off from romantic love. The mystery of who is the Opera Ghost is fun to read especially early on. The scene where Christine tells Raoul about the unmasking of Erik while Erik is hidden very close by and Erik’s final dialogue with the Persian where he describes being kissed on the forehead by Christine are two pieces of brilliant, beautiful writing. If you like classical fiction, this is great book to read. Honestly, when I finished I felt like I was touched by something beautiful.