- Published: New York : ORB, 1997, c1995.
- Year Published: 1995
- Edition: 1st ORB trade pbk. ed.
- Description: 317 p. ; 21 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Lexile: 760
- 031286504X :
- 0765357151 (pbk.)
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I am legend
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I am legend -- Buried talents -- The near departed -- Prey -- Witch war -- Dance of the dead -- Dress of white silk -- Mad house -- The funeral -- From shadowed places -- Person to person.
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I Am Legend seems to be mostly concerned with the human response to isolation, and I found Matheson's take to be a little disturbing. Neville is understandably dealing with crushing grief, fear, and loneliness, but his response to the female vampires was...excessively rapey. It was off-putting and hard to relate to; this might say something about the time in which the author lived (IAL was published almost sixty years ago), or maybe Matheson just has issues, I don't know. Anyway, Neville eventually finds a measure of peace in the search for knowledge, teaching himself science in an attempt to understand the how and why of his world's transformation.
The story ends abruptly: Neville is discovered and killed by a community of "civilized" vampires, who fear him and his hunting skills. It felt to me like a missed opportunity to explore xenophobia and the human instinct to destroy rather than communicate.
I have not yet seen "The Last Man On Earth" or "The Omega Man", two other film adaptations of Richard Matheson's book.
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