As all great stories, "The Phantom of the Opera" is based on some truth. Hence Mr.Leroux researches the legends of the Paris Opera House in order to come to an understanding of a great unfinished love story. Putting on his detective hat, Leroux combs police reports and is able to track down Christine..the object of the Phantom's desire. His subsequent interviews with the tortured soul (now an elderly woman) pulls the reader into deep thought. With a pure heart, many years previous, Christine's prayers were answered...but not how she figured they would be. The Angel of Music intervened in her life. One must be guarded in their prayers, as many times these answers to prayers can be frightening. Is Christine a victim of the Phantom? In Ms. Simon's story, Christine is a victim....but not of the Phantom.
In this story, Leroux will interview not only Christine but also her estranged husband and other fascinating characters who have guilty knowledge of the Phantom. The discussions are heartbreaking as Ms. Simon allows us a glimpse into the tortured soul of a man forever separated from God. The beauty which he has mastered (music) and has been delivered to him (Christine) fails to deliver any type of contentment...as he not only has been separated from God, but has willingly rejected Him. However much a villain the Phantom may seem, Ms. Simon's tale also emphasizes grace and forgiveness. With those two virtues in mind, perhaps everyone of us is a villain to some extent. Don't fret...as dark as this story may seem (...as does human existence, on occasion), Ms. Simon delivers hope. With all the angst inflicted on our tortured Phantom, is forgiveness possible? A great question, not easily answered...especially when applied to our own lives.
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