Die Legende von Bagger Vance ist ein US-amerikanischer Spielfilm von Robert Redford mit Will Smith, Matt Damon und Charlize Theron aus dem Jahre Das Legend Platine Suite liegt im Stadtzentrum nur m von der Straße İstiklal Caddesi sowie m vom Taksim-Platz entfernt. August · Südafrika ·. Bild könnte enthalten: eine oder mehrere Personen, Personen, die stehen, im Freien. Gefällt mirKommentieren. Im The Legend gefällt das. Ist das Ihr TripAdvisor-Eintrag? Nächste Orientierungspunkte Demiroren Shopping Mall. Überraschend wird auch dort klar, dass sie keine seelenlosen Monster in der Art von Zombies sind, sondern eine neue Zivilisation aufgebaut haben. Die drei sind gezwungen, sich ins Labor zurückzuziehen, wo sie sich in einem Raum mit der infizierten Frau verstecken wollen. Sehr gepflegte Anlage an den Angelique kerber beziehung des Mae Tabelle bundesliga österreich. Ausblick von unser Zimmer im ersten Stock sah nicht so toll aus.
According to Zizek, this misses the original message and "openly opt[s] for religious fundamentalism. Director Francis Lawrence said in that there would be a prequel and that Will Smith would be reprising his role.
The plot of the film would reveal what happened to Neville before the infected took over New York. Weiss was hired to write the script, while Lawrence was in negotiations to return as director on the contingent that the story was interesting enough.
Smith later discussed the premise, which would have his character and a team going from New York City to Washington, D. In , Warner Bros. Studio executives found so many similarities to I Am Legend in the screenplay, they had the writer Gary Graham rewrite it so it could serve as the next film.
Serving as a reboot of the story, the studio hopes to create a franchise of films. Will Smith , who is known for his reluctance to appear in sequels,  has not commented on whether he will appear or not.
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Return to Book Page. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson. I Am Legend 4. Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville's blood.
By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.
How long can one man survive like this? Kindle Edition , pages. Published May 14th by RosettaBooks first published Los Angeles, California United States.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about I Am Legend , please sign up. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Did anyone else struggle to visually imagination Robert Neville as being a blonde haired, blue eyed Caucasian instead of Will Smith?
Although after a while, when his character behaved unlike Will Smith's Robert Neville, I couldn't imagine him as Will Smith, or a blonde …more Totally.
Although after a while, when his character behaved unlike Will Smith's Robert Neville, I couldn't imagine him as Will Smith, or a blonde blue-eyed that he was supposed to be.
Hur SKitbra var den ? Cccccc 69 'kappa' ol. See all 14 questions about I Am Legend…. Lists with This Book. These words make me shudder.
But if you have only seen that Will Smith movie that went degrees on the book's message, the soul-crushing impact of these words will be lost on you.
That makes me sad To quote Stephen King, "I think the author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the u "I am legend".
A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. The old-fashioned burn-in-the-sunlight stake-through-the-heart vampirism, none of that newfangled emo sparkliness.
Neville stakes vampires by day, and researches the cause of the plague in his spare time. The long segments of the story are devoted to the relentless monotony of his scientific pursuit of the vampirism mystery - which he does figure out, by the way.
And it's quite neat. We witness the years of deep depression, alcoholism, and the suffocating isolation, loneliness and despair.
Then one day he meets Ruth who may be another survivor of the pandemic. And that's where any similarities to the movie stop, and the story becomes less of a lone-hero-tale and more of the soul-crushing-hopeless-revelation-tale.
Normalcy was a majority concept, the standard of many and not the standard of just one man. Matheson, however, brilliantly decides to take the road less traveled and turns the legend on its head.
He introduces an unexpected perspective that forces the protagonist and the reader look at things in a new - and shocking - light. After all, the line between a hero and a horror is very thin, and usually very subjectively drawn.
This is not a traditional vampire story in any shape or form. There is no supernatural element - unless you think so of germs.
Instead it involves evolution - of the hero and the monsters alike, and not in the ways that are comforting to the reader. The horror lies in its unsettling revelations about the human nature.
It is also a story in which happy ending is impossible by default - which Hollywood, of course, promptly 'fixes'. At least Will Smith got a blockbuster out of the butchered story.
Given the number of the cinematic adaptations of this book, it continues to fascinate Hollywood. I'm just waiting for the day when they make one that actually captures the intended impact of Matheson's story.
View all 52 comments. I loved this book! Was very creepy to read. I thought it was brillant from beginning to end. One of my favourite books of all time ever!
View all 22 comments. Honestly, this is a tough book to review. I'm the kind of SF reader who likes a bit of depth to be given to the cause of disaster, and this story large Hm.
I'm the kind of SF reader who likes a bit of depth to be given to the cause of disaster, and this story largely glosses over the "Why?
For the time it was written, this probably struck readers in a much different way. If you're basing your opinion of this book solely off your knowledge of the movie, I'd ahead and throw that idea out the window because this book is nothing like the Will Smith, good-guy-out-to-save-humanity, crying-over-his-dog, self-sacrificing version Hollywood has created.
This is much darker. He sound proofs his house, has a gas generator that he keeps running by way of a nearby gas station, and an ungodly amount of alcohol, cigarettes, and wine in his home.
I guess a scenario where all of those things exist in Neville's possession isn't outlandish but the story itself wasn't long enough to explore any sort of break down of these proofs, and thus it felt a bit unrealistic to me.
If you don't love it, no big loss. If you do, well now you know! This review and other reviews of mine can be found on Book Nest!
View all 41 comments. I just re-read this after watching some of the movies based on it. It's truly a chilling book.
It's an apocalyptic novel. The vampire plague has destroyed our society. Much of the book focuses on our hero's loneliness. It's well worth reading.
There are 3 movies that I know of that are based on this book. This follows the book I just re-read this after watching some of the movies based on it.
This follows the book pretty closely. Looked like a video game. I expected to see a Toon driving, not Will Smith. I did finally see this movie including both endings.
It was incredibly bad. The happy ending was ridiculous. View all 16 comments. I was going to rate the book a lukewarm 3 stars, but then I looked once more at the date of publication and reconsidered.
A bit of historical perspective, of literary context elevates this novel to the well deserved 'genre classic' status. At the time Matheson published his science-fiction take on the gothic vampire myth, the market was a lot different from today's oversaturated landscape that has largely trivialized the subject and gave it a curious teenage romance slant.
Even bringing i I was going to rate the book a lukewarm 3 stars, but then I looked once more at the date of publication and reconsidered.
Even bringing in the scientific method of study for the phenomenon and its associated paraphernalia the bloodsucking, the garlic, the cross, the wooden stake, the fear of light, the sleeping underground, the bullet invulnerability was probably a novel approach to a dusty theme: Something black and of the night had come crawling out of the Middle Ages.
Something with no framework or credulity, something that had been consigned, fact and figure, to the pages of imaginative literature.
Vampires were passe, Summers idylls or Stoker's melodramatics or a brief inclusion in the Britannica or grist for the pulp writer's mill or raw material for the B-film factories.
A tenuous legend passed from century to century. I didn't much care for the prose: I could also complain about the lack of action, but I believe this is more a novel about ideas than a high octane action thriller.
To finish with the grumbling, I would have liked a more rigorous attempt with the scientific speculations. Most of the ideas are sound, but the way they are fitted together seems fishy, with some of the argumentation incomplete.
Let me give you a few examples: The last one is the one I struggled with the most. Other reviewers noticed also that the monsters are closer in behaviour to zombies than to classic vampires.
Cesar Romero cites the book as a primary source, Stephen King alsao makes reference to it. On the positive side, two aspects of the novel stand out and will probably come to define it for me in later years as the actual details of the plot will fade from memory: Richard Neville is utterly alone, he has nobody to turn to, has lost his wife and kid in horrible circumstances, yet he must find the resources inside himself to go on living from day to day.
His heavy drinking, his episodes of paranoid depression and self destructive rage are painfull to watch, as are his efforts to organize his daily routines with checklists and his obsession in hunting down his afflicted neighbours when they are incapacitated during the day.
The episode of the feral dog is probably the best written part of the whole novel. The future of the human race might well be carried on by people with wings or by people who use photosynthesis instead of eating solid food or by vampires who drink blood and go out only at night.
View all 9 comments. Frankly, I was a little underwhelmed by the choice. Maybe even slightly vampire-negative.
I mean, with the whole Twilight thing. I wholly support zombies, however. At pages, it barely achieves book status at all.
It's really closer to a novella. Instead, it straddles genres, stubbornly refusing to be one thing or another. Perhaps this is the reason people keep trying to turn it into a satisfying film.
It is a potent canvas ripe for many different kinds of tales. The main storyline is pure apocalyptic fiction. The novel opens with our protagonist Robert Neville as the putative last man on Earth.
It is , which stands in for the future since this book was first published in The human race is either dead or turned into vampires Or both?
I suppose I could look this up The exception, of course, is Robert. Woven into the end-of-days context is an old fashioned cast-away story, akin to Robinson Crusoe or The Swiss Family Robinson.
I Am Legend begins well into the vampire apocalypse, introducing Robert as a man who has learned to survive.
It takes us through a typical day: Because anything having to do with vampires has to touch on the repression of sexual urges in some manner.
I Am Legend is also, and most fascinatingly, a grim kind of character study. Matheson makes a rather daring literary choice in not giving Robert anyone or anything to play off of.
There is not another human to talk to. There is no pet. There is only Robert. He is an angry, bitter man, which is altogether understandable.
He is also a high-functioning alcoholic. The novel's high points are a couple powerful sequences in which this hard, down-to-basics shell is peeled away to surprisingly moving effect.
If that ambiguous sentence leaves you scratching your head, I have succeeded. One thing I found entirely missing, other than people, is any semblance of lightness or joy.
Robert — who lives in the LA-area — never has any fun with his sanctified status as last living avatar of the human race.
He never goes to an adult bookstore and takes all the porn. I suppose this is closer to a realistic response to losing your family, friends, and the rest of the world.
Still, we can all use a laugh now and then, right? Matheson tells this story in the third-person limited.
The point of view is strictly confined to Robert and what he is seeing, feeling, thinking. The result is a constricted, almost claustrophobic atmosphere.
He is also good at suggesting the creeping madness that comes along with that confinement. So instead of dancing around themes or vaguely hinting at plot-points for another 1, words which is actually my first inclination , I'll just wrap this up.
This is a quick, surprising little novel with a slammer of an ending. View all 3 comments. This was creepy and sad too. I don't think I would have lasted long as the last person alive.
I would have just given up and let myself get caught! The vampires of this story are quite zombie like, I thought.
How events turn out in the end surprised me. View all 5 comments. Scifi and Horror Fans. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I just finished reading this book. Completely different from the movie The version , I wish they would have gone with this story instead.
The reader spends the whole story Which is really only pages following the last man on earth as he fights for his survival against vampires and yes, they are vampires.
He boards up his house, stocks up on canned goods, and researches a way to combat this disease. He is not a doctor or a scientist, just a regular man stuck in an irregular situatio I just finished reading this book.
He is not a doctor or a scientist, just a regular man stuck in an irregular situation. But, as Matheson so beautifully states, "Man can get used to anything", and so he does - burning corpses left on his doorstep by his vampire "friends", gathering fresh garlic, and fixing up his house for them to come back each night and try to drag him out.
Robert, the main character, spends years in this manner. He breaks into a nearby library and gathers an armload of books on anything and everything he thinks will be useful.
In this way, Richard Matheson gives us the first realistic look at vampires from a scientific standpoint. Some vampires are afraid of crosses because of experiences in their pre-infected life.
None can stand garlic - but it must be fresh and strongly scented. The reason they turn to dust? Well, read and find out. Learning the few ways there are to destroy them, Robert makes an attempt to kill a handful each day.
They have emotions and desires beyond that of fresh blood. While Robert spends his nights locked away in his home, the infected have set about creating their own society.
The most heart-wrenching moment A phrase I do not use lightly comes when a female vampire looks at Robert and tells him "I had a husband.
You killed him while he was sleeping. A fantastic look at who the monsters of this world really are. I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize for all of the Will Smith jokes.
It's going to be difficult, but I will refrain from including him in this review. Stuff I liked - Matheson does an amazing job in describing the situation Neville has deal with as the only person left in the world.
The scariest parts for me where when Matheson deals with themes like isolation and loneliness. That stuff was much more terrifying than the vampires more on them later.
There were entire chapters of 1. There were entire chapters of the book describing Neville's fruitless attempts to find companionship.
Those chapters along with the glimpse into Neville's past with his family were really, really good. Being alone like that is much scarier than Stuff I didn't like - vampires.
Yeah, I get it. They add another level of fear to the story, and that's fine. I just felt like when the story was really taking off, it would hold itself back by getting too technical with what these creatures were, how to kill them, how to test their blood to see if they were infected, whatever.
I wanted to hear more about Neville's family and how he is struggling to survive and less about what he reading at the library. Also, I'm not really huge vampire fan anyway.
I'm more of a ghost story, monster in the closet, things that go bump in the night kind of guy, I guess. Don't do it, Justin. You said no Will Smith jokes this time View all 42 comments.
But then I recently read and was enthralled by two other books by Matheson: Well, on the surface it is. Robert Neville is the last human being on Earth.
Everyone else has been infected with a virus that causes vampirism, but for some reason, Robert is immune. He spends his daytime hours securing his house, staking vampires, and trying to discover a cure for the virus.
At night he hides indoors while the vampires, some who are his former acquaintances, try to break in.
The thought, for example, of having free access to anything you want, including cars, jewelry, clothes, houses, art, scientific equipment, and every book in every bookstore and library in the world is exhilarating All those things are almost meaningless outside of their social context.
We all know that humans are social creatures, but none of us has actually experienced a total lack of companionship. What would it mean to rule the entire world alone?
Matheson writes so powerfully about these emotions. The story is called I am Legend because Robert Neville gradually comes to realize that vampires, the creatures he thought were only legend, are real.
Now, Robert Neville, the elusive human being who vampires fear, has become the legend. This is one I will listen to again. By the way, I am Legend is not a full-length novel, so some versions include additional stories in a collection called I am Legend and Other Stories.
View all 8 comments. Los Angeles, about 22 years into the future Jan. After the 'plague' finished in , Robert Neville seems to be the only human left immune and alive.
He's not anywhere like Will Smith, lookwise, English-German man in late 30s with blue eyes, blond going bald and later with a beard.
When we meet him he's been living at his present place for 5 months. Trying to survive, and wondering what caused eve Los Angeles, about 22 years into the future Jan.
The views of the time when the book was published show in the writing: But at no point was I irritated by this old-fashioned edge, which stayed just barely from feeling a bit sexist.
I don't think Matheson searched for what the meaning of the names were for this story, but I did think that naming view spoiler [his main character Robert was a very good coincidence - it means "of shining fame" Germanic.
The name already shows what he is to the human-like vampires for the feral type he's just blood-source really. And the way it ends is both view spoiler [frightening and tragic: But in the end, one can sort of see that there might be a more hopeful, human-like future that Robert will not see View all 7 comments.
Richard Matheson may be the most underrated genre writer ever. Terror Stories , What Dreams May Come - just to name a few, you realize how unique and diverse his talent was.
This novel, I Am Legend, a perfect little bricolage of apocalyptic, dystopian, sci-fi, horror, vampire, zombie, is probably his best known work, although I'm partial to Somewhere in Time Bid Time Return being such a romantic sentimentalist Richard Matheson may be the most underrated genre writer ever.
This novel, I Am Legend, a perfect little bricolage of apocalyptic, dystopian, sci-fi, horror, vampire, zombie, is probably his best known work, although I'm partial to Somewhere in Time Bid Time Return being such a romantic sentimentalist.
I haven't seen the movie which I understand is nothing like the book, which is too bad because I think the story is worthy of a good film.
Aug 15, Carol. SciFi and Fantasy Book Club monthly read. There are some excellent reviews out there. I know I was complaining about sqeeing and gifs recently, but I can't help but think a classic book like this could use a little modern reviewing.
I'm a little mixed in my reading reactions to a novella that feels more like a self-conscious allegorical tale than truly innovative storytelling.
The short, choppy prose suited the narrator, but gave a more limited ambiance to the setting. Given the protagonist Neville's relatively easy ability in m There are some excellent reviews out there.
Given the protagonist Neville's relatively easy ability in moving around the world seems to take a little siphoned gas and he's go to go , I felt like it was an incomplete story that left me with many questions about the world.
I do appreciate the sophisticated way Neville's personal history is blended in to the current experience, an impressive contrast to many writers who feel the need for long expository paragraphs, but I would have liked more.
The limited description leaves something lacking, perhaps the extent of the devastation. Is it enough that Neville feels isolated? Do we need the steps of how he got there?
What does 'humanity' mean if you are the only human? Why try to survive? I'm not sure, and as Neville poses these questions, I found myself wondering what he had done to find other survivors, the timeline of catastrophe, the extent of the world breakdown.
The spare depiction make me feel like it was more of a metaphorical tale, a study in the psychology of the individual and his coping with isolation and meaning without context of society.
In this respect, the movie was more able to give the visual sense of complete loneliness and the frustration of working for a potentially futile goal.
It was also hard to have sympathy for Neville. Truly an Everyman, he drowned his emotion in alcohol as often as he attempted to control circumstance.
I didn't admire or respect him; he was dogged but not creative or thoughtful. The lapses into existential questioning only reinforced the emotional distance.
The ending was a surprise; perhaps more likeable than that of the movie, but also more self-conscious and created.
There wasn't much build to the ending; there was very little sense of the "types" of vampires through the story--I had more of a sense of Neville's drinking preferences than the vampires.
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The "vampires" themselves were pretty damn scary. I got confused at times because I was like "Are they vampires or zombies?
Or a mixture of both? As for the ending I was blown away. One of the best endings I've ever read in a book.
It felt completely out of left-field and left me a bit gobsmacked. I Am Legend was a great, quick read and I have to give it 5 stars out of 5.
Matheson's writing is simply outstanding and I want to read more. With regards to the short stories, some were great and some were not so great.
Prey was a brilliant short story, it reminded me of Battleground by Stephen King. Dance of the Dead was also pretty eerie.
I didn't really include the short stories when giving my rating for this book, as I simply wanted to rate I Am Legend as a standalone book.
More Richard Matheson is definitely on my radar. Now for another buddy read with Sadie, Mindi and Ashley from bookstagram - can't wait!
One guy against a world filled with vampires. I went into this book with an expectation of action. When the story had action scenes, they were done very well, and there is a wonderfully suspenseful and thrilling chase scene in the first half of the book.
However, action, suspense and thrills were absent for most of the rest of the book. There is sad reminiscing of his past life.
There is a long drawn out sequence of attempting to befriend a stray dog. There is lots of time spent getting drunk, list One guy against a world filled with vampires.
There is lots of time spent getting drunk, listening to classical music while complaining about the vampires. The vampires mostly lack charisma, being more dumb brutes, than anything else view spoiler [ until late in the novel.
There is not enough here for me to rate it higher. Not a disaster, has a neat twist at the end, has some good sequences - but, I found it a bit of a snooze fest.
Quickly he pushed a metal wagon up and down the silent, dust-thick aisles, the heavy smell of decay setting his teeth on edge, making him breathe through his mouth.
I have not seen the film yet but the title is very apt, if a little on the nose, perhaps. The above quote is an example of the feeling of loneliness that pervades throughout the narrative.
The vampires are created by view spoiler [a bacterial infection hide spoiler ]. For most of the book, there is no dialogue to speak of, we just follow Neville around, dispatching vampires in the daytime, doing research, locking himself in and getting blotto after sundown, feeling miserable all the time.
Is there a point to such an existence? Neville asks himself that from time to time and there is no obvious answer, he is simply not to suicidal type.
I Am Legend is a classic of several genres, sci-fi, horror, vampires, and post-apocalypse. I love the scientific rationalization of the classic vampire lore, the need for blood, the aversion to garlic and the cross, the stake through the heart etc.
The overtly supernatural lore like transformation into bats and the lack of reflection are dismissed as superstition. In a world full of vampires with only one human being who is the monster really?
The narrative is well paced, without a dull moment, but it is by no means an action-packed thriller. Neville is something of an antihero, some of his actions and behavior are quite questionable and even downright reprehensible but the circumstances do make him quite a tragic and sympathetic figure.
There are some dramatic plot developments which I certainly will not elaborate on, and an ending which leaves you thinking about the morality of the tale.
I Am Legend is, of course, highly recommended. Talking about the various film adaptations: Four are listed at Wikipedia: It does star Vincent Price, and the Price is always right!
In both the Omega Man and the Will Smith movies the vampires are replaced entirely. The movie replaced them with light-sensitive goth weirdo hipsters, while the movie replaced them with big eared monsters.
At least the Heston movie is a hoot. One of them Neville found inside a display freezer. When he saw the man lying there in this enamel coffin, he had to laugh; it seemed such a funny place to hide.
Later, he thought of what a humorless world it was when he could find amusement in such a thing. He had forty-seven stakes.
He was his own ethic. Aug 21, Vanessa J. I enjoy being alone. There's some kind of peace in loneliness. I'm never more happy than when I'm by myself.
I've said, though, that if the loneliness if forced upon me, it's not so glorious. Robert Neville's situation is similar to this latter one. In both books, the hero is, or believes to be, the last man on Earth.
The rest of humanity had died because of a plague. Yes, you read that right: A plague of vampires. Vampires who had a scientific basis rather than a supernatural one, and I must say, it worked better that way, because I don't think the introduction of supernatural beings would have done good to the book, especially since it is horror science fiction sigh, like my favourite book series ever.
Vampires have always been seen as monsters. As they're monsters to our eyes, there comes this question: Are they in fact the monsters, or is it us?
In this book, something similar is addressed. But are his needs any more shocking than the needs of other animals and men?
Is he worse than the manufacturer who set up belated foundations with the money he made by handing bombs and guns to suicidal nationalists?
Really, now, search your soul; lovie—is the vampire so bad? All he does is drink blood. Why, then, this unkind prejudice, this thoughtless bias?
He has no means of support, no measures for proper education, he has not the, voting franchise. No wonder he is compelled to seek out a predatory nocturnal existence.
Of course, in my honest opinion I'm trying to be the less biased as I can , it worked better in The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, because the answer to that question was more developed and included things that only made the series very dark.
Th hero also questioned himself why he went on living - he being the last man he knew alive, there was no point in continuing his life, is it?
He found himself wondering again why he chose to go on living. I won't say, of course, yet I'm still trying to process that finale because I have confused feelings - does it really make sense and is that the way everything should have ended?
In the meanwhile, I recommend this book, and if you in fact read it, I would not complain if you came to this review to tell me your opininon about the ending.
View all 12 comments. This is a vampire tale, but one very unique to this genre. The last survivor in a plague that left humanity dead--or, undead--Richard Neville has spent the past three years learning everything he can about what caused this change.
Many are the days when he wonders why he even bothers to go on, when everyone around him is "lost". In a world of monotonous horror there could be no salvation in wild dreaming.
Just when you think you've read it all, a classic tale such as this comes your way I never would have expected the internal dialogue of the last man alive to be as captivating as this book was.
Robert Neville is alone, the last uninfected human left as far as he knows, and every day is a struggle to keep it that way.
His anger, depression, frustration and fear are thrown up against the desire to live almost every moment of every day and there are some when you're not sure which will win.
Some of the issues brought up are unique to the fact that Robert Neville is a man alone in I never would have expected the internal dialogue of the last man alive to be as captivating as this book was.
Some of the issues brought up are unique to the fact that Robert Neville is a man alone in the world and many weren't concepts I'd considered before.
Celibacy isn't something I've ever thought of as a potential problem in a post-apocalypse setting because there are usually a number of human survivors.
What do you do when you're the only one? He drowns his emotional pain and shock in whiskey which is probably how he stayed sane through the first year of being alone.
Isolation is a terrible thing that breaks minds and I'm not sure why it didn't break Robert Neville. The only explanation I can think of is that he had chores and music and he used booze as an anaesthetic.
I found his exploration into the workings of the germ and learning from books rather remarkable. I didn't find it at all unbelievable, but I was very impressed at his ability to learn so much with no help from an experienced hand.
I thought the explanation for the infection was novel and interesting. I found the distinction between the living and dead infected brilliant, and I was always interested in any theory Robert Neville posed because it was always well thought out and well presented.
The idea that the living were actually psychologically rather than physically changed was fascinating. If you consider how mass hysteria can produce physical symptoms of illness it makes perfect sense that many of the living would simply go crazy and think they too were monsters of the night.
I found the part of the story when he find the dog and tries to win him over very touching and heartbreaking.
There's little else to say about it. It was beautifully done and one of the most powerful parts of the book for me. I didn't ever stop being suspicious of the girl.
I knew she'd be the end of Robert Neville though I didn't know how exactly. The questions of how you come to deal with loneliness and what an intrusion company can be was very cleverly done.
When you're used to your life being just so and you get the thing you've been wanting for so long, suddenly you can really ask yourself if you really wanted it after all.
I found it emotionally unsatisfying at first, but it made a huge impact! He really was the outsider now and his death was a necessary part of the formation of the new society.
I didn't really expect or need him to live happily ever after, but I was sad to see him die. He survived so much for so long. But he was outnumbered and a threat they had to get rid of.
I usually avoid spoilers, but the meat of this story is in the story. It's a fantastic read and I highly recommend it.
A novel that has been both heavily criticized and revered, I Am Legend straddles an uneasy line between Horror and Science Fiction. However, there is no denying its influence, nor its simple charm.
In comparison with some of the 'vampire' drivel being served up today, this little novel is indeed legend. It ranks with Salem's Lot as one of my favourite reads on the vampire mythos.
I know that the science isn't sound, but Matheson has done a terrific job of introducing new ways to broach the subje A novel that has been both heavily criticized and revered, I Am Legend straddles an uneasy line between Horror and Science Fiction.
I know that the science isn't sound, but Matheson has done a terrific job of introducing new ways to broach the subject of vampirism.
And has ever a novel captured loneliness such as this? This book has been made into four seperate film adaptations. All of which deviate significantly from the novel.
Why meddle with brilliance? I read this AFTER seeing all four films, and none of those movies had anywhere near the impact the book did on me.
It's dark, and gritty, and bleak. Its tells a tale of human loss and suffering and our stubborn will to survive. You could quite easily pick this up in another 50 years time and think it were set in the near future.
It's incredibly This book has been made into four seperate film adaptations. It's incredibly well written and I was a little stunned when I found out it was first published in the 50's.
Brings to mind the old adage 'they don't make 'em like they used to! If you're at all interested in visiting the origins of these incredibly popular genres, start here.
Be prepared to feel a little depressed afterwards though. Four fifths of the way through and the only thing on my mind was how incredibly boring and one-dimensional Robert Neville is.
You would think that someone forced into solitude and surrounded by death and insanity would have a wonderfully colourful and twisted mind - if you're going to have a book revolving around a single character, make him a really good one.
So, it wasn't until he began chasing, abusing and kidnapping a woman in the name of science everything in this book was tunnel-viewed 'i Four fifths of the way through and the only thing on my mind was how incredibly boring and one-dimensional Robert Neville is.
So, it wasn't until he began chasing, abusing and kidnapping a woman in the name of science everything in this book was tunnel-viewed 'in the name of science' and dismissed any other possibilities and ways of thinking that I let my imagination take over the plot.
I Am Legend is actually unintentionally Nabokovian. Robert Neville is a delusional psychopathic woman killer safe in his fantasy world of vampires and violence where he presents himself as the last vestige of rational thought.
Closing himself off and leading a hermitic life, he spends his time dreaming about killing the filth of humanity who haunt his dreams and bitterly reflecting on his "wife", a woman who he was unhealthily obsessed with and murdered when she became a "vampire" ie he realised that she was not his misogynist vision of an inferior, man-worshipping, overly-emotional cretin lower than a dog who he treats with more respect.
One day, he finds, abuses and kidnaps a woman and locks her in his bedroom and she tries to win her freedom through seduction though in the end finds that hitting him over the head is more effective.
He gets arrested and is made to face what he has done, his victim even developing Stockholm syndrome, but further retreats into the safety of his self-deceptive mind where he twists the conventions of the world to point himself out as a legend, the last macho, narrow-minded, patriarchal "real" man.
I give this book an extra star from all the fun I had trying to salvage something interesting and in the wise words of The Smashing Pumpkins: This book had to be a commentary on where Matheson thought we were headed as a society - not just a simple tale of vampires created by a virus.
It is amazing how much he fits in to a page book. I am thinking that Matheson must have been a master of telling a lot of story in very few pages.
A very suspenseful and quick read. This would be a great choice for horror fans, post apocalyptic fans, and vampire fans Soy Leyenda, de Richard Matheson 33 65 Apr 26, I Am Legend 25 28 Apr 11, He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier.
In he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in He married in and has four children, three of w Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in He married in and has four children, three of whom Chris , Richard Christian , and Ali Matheson are writers of fiction and screenplays.
The tale of a monstrous child chained in its parents' cellar, it was told in the first person as the creature's diary in poignantly non-idiomatic English and immediately made Matheson famous.
Between and , Matheson produced dozens of stories, frequently blending elements of the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres.
Several of his stories, like "Third from the Sun" , "Deadline" and "Button, Button" are simple sketches with twist endings; others, like "Trespass" , "Being" and "Mute" explore their characters' dilemmas over twenty or thirty pages.
Others, like "The Test" and "Steel" , portray the moral and physical struggles of ordinary people, rather than the then nearly ubiquitous scientists and superheroes, in situations which are at once futuristic and everyday.
Still others, such as "Mad House" , "The Curious Child" and perhaps most famously, "Duel" are tales of paranoia, in which the everyday environment of the present day becomes inexplicably alien or threatening.
He also contributed a number of scripts to the Warner Brothers western series "The Lawman" between and Matheson also wrote the screenplay for Fanatic US title: Three of his short stories were filmed together as Trilogy of Terror, including "Prey" with its famous Zuni warrior doll.
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View All Audience Reviews. This is his legend. Light up the darkness. The people who are trying to make the world worse are not taking a day off.
In a deadly virus burned though out civilisation, pushing human kind to the edge of extiniction, Dr.
Robert Nevillie dedecated his life to the discovery of a cure and the restoration of humanity. On September 9th at approximately 8.