July 28, 2017

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

I Am Legend is one of the great science fiction masterpieces.I Am Legend

I wrote the above line before reading the book, and have to say I agree now I have read it.

For such a short book (just 160 pages) it definately packs a punch. You could certainly polish it off in an afternoon.

This book was first published in 1954 and was Richard Matheson’s first sci fi novel. Both of those facts are really quite surprising as it’s a very brilliant piece of writing that asks some big questions.

It’s about Robert Neville the last man living on earth after a plague has turned everyone into vampires. Set in America it’s mostly about his trials living with the vampires, but there are sufficient flash-backs to help you understand the background of what’s happened.

The detail of how he manages to survive and outsmart the vampires is amazingly well thought through. And the story then moves into an exploration of what makes a human human as Robert Neville fights, investigates, discovers, has highs and lows – and somehow continues to live alone, surrounded by vampires for some time.

A really stunning book with a very unexpected ending.

 

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