The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

The Opera ghost really existed.


Christine is a beautiful young singer at the Paris Opera. She is watched by the Opera’s ‘phantom’ – a mysterious masked figure who terrorises the Opera’s management and players. With the Phantom’s help, Christine rises to become the Opera’s star performer, but when the Phantom demands her heart in return, Christine is torn between gratitude and pity for her strange benefactor, and love for her childhood sweetheart, Raoul.


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Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant

Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassant

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

After changing his five-franc piece Georges Duroy left the restaurant.


Georges Duroy is struggling in Paris, but he wants more. He thinks he deserves more than to be a lowly clerk. And when the opportunity arises, he takes it. He is particularly gifted at using the women of Paris for his own ends. Called Bel-Ami by them, he will stop at nothing to get to the top of fin-de-siecle Paris.

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Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Rating: 2.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

The rue du Coq d’Or, Paris, seven in the morning.


As a young man living in Paris, George Orwell finds himself struggling to survive with very limited resources. This memoir chronicles his time among the poor in Paris, and his drudging work as a dishwasher in a Paris hotel. Later, he recounts the time he spent living among the vagabonds in London.

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