Sunday, I saw previews for the forthcoming Will Smith movie, I Am Legend. I recognized the title, so I picked up Richard Matheson's book, copyright 1954. Despite a few details in the book that might not be familiar to many of today's readers, such as the reference to Edgar Guest, it's still a powerful book. It did seem strange that civilization as we know it came to an end in 1975, the year I graduated from high school.
I Am Legend starts in 1976, when Robert Neville has lost his wife and daughter to a plague. The plague hit the world after a war. Following the war, the earth was hit with dust storms, mosquitoes, flies. People became sick, and, before he knew it, Neville was the only person still living. The only PERSON still living. He was surrounded by vampires who had taken over the bodies of people he knew. Neville barricades himself inside his house, uses a generator, and leaves occasionally to find gas and supplies.
At times, he finds reasons to build up hope that he can defeat the vampires, find someone else alive, successfully survive. Despite his situation, he fights on, killing vampires and burning bodies. I Am Legend is a suspenseful story of one man's day-to-day survival against terrible odds.
It's a short, powerful book. I'll probably never see the movie, but I'm glad I read the book.
I have been a library manager/administrator for over 30 years, in Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and, now, Indiana. Winner of the 2011 Arizona Library Association Outstanding Library Service Award. I am a contributing Book Reviewer for Library Journal, Mystery Readers Journal, ReadertoReader.com and VibrantNation.com. Winner of the 2009 and 2010 Spinetingler Awards for Best Reviewer. First Fan Guest of Honor for Desert Sleuths Chapter of Sisters in Crime, Write Now! Conference.
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