Oh, well, at least they were better than those damned dust storms. Robert Neville is in a battle against the world, or so it seems to him. But Robert doesn't want to turn into one of them. When he had enough bulbs, he went back to the house and dumped them on the drainboard of the sink. At the table he sliced himself two pieces of bread and poured himself a glass of tomato juice. The bastards ought to be here soon. He moved slowly across the living room, looking at the mural that covered the back wall. This book was an awesome look at the degradation of a man's sanity as he lives three years in near isolation while keeping vampires at bay. He married in 1952 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 1943. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering the unassailable fortress of forever. After the 'plague' finished in 1975, Robert Neville seems to be the only human left immune and alive. I mean, there is very little to connect the book to the movie starring Will Smith. I just finished reading this book. You read how more and more got infected, how they were buried (this will give you nightmares). Please try again. he thought irritably. It's well worth reading. It was all very depressing and it made him resolve to find a better method of disposal. It tells the tale of (seemingly) the last "human" alive on earth, Richard Neville, surrounded by zombie hordes. But Robert doesn't want to turn into one of them. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published He said: "When it comes to this story, there is no movie; there is just the book". Robert Neville sat down with a sigh and began to eat. It ranks with, Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. Robert Neville is the last uninfected man still alive. He tossed the hammer on the living-room couch, then lit another cigarette and had his midmorning drink. In some of the reviews that I previously read, they mention how the book is nothing like the movie. Ben Cortman was shouting. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. I assumed he looked like Will Smith in my head till Mathes. ", Absolutely disturbing modern classic! I realize this is one of the "classics" of science fiction (or science fantasy)and I don't care. Now it was a room entirely functional, and since Neville’s bed and bureau took up so little space, he had converted one side of the room into a shop. Now he reached over and took an icepick from its wall rack. LitCharts assigns a color and icon to each theme in I Am Legend, which you can use to track the themes throughout the work. A new terror born in death, a new superstition entering, ["Full circle. These he held against the whirling emery stone until they were as sharp as daggers. By day, the vampires go into a coma-like sleep and Neville uses this time to fight back the only way he can – by killing as many of them as he can find. The premise is simple: after a nuclear war, a mutation sweeps across the globe. Both the tank and the hothouse were undamaged today. However, there is no denying its influence, nor its simple charm. Some regard it as THE classic horror story. as this story unravelled. 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). He’d have to get out that damned manual again and check the wiring. He is of course apparently the only one in the entire world to whom this happened). Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. The vampire plague has claimed all human life. Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2018. In comparison with some of the 'vampire' drivel being served up today, this little novel is indeed legend. After violent attacks, the planks were often split or partially pried off, and he had to replace them completely; a job he hated. Robert Neville is in a battle against the world, or so it seems to him. You read how more and more got infected, how they were buried (this will give you nightmares). This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. By day he goes about his business: repairing his fortified house, stringing garlic necklaces, sharpening stakes, collecting supplies from what he can scavenge in town. In a few days, jagged pieces of the silver-backed glass would start to fall off. Trying to survive, and wondering what caused eve, Los Angeles, about 22 years into the future (Jan. 1976 - Jan. 1979 in this book; copyright 1954, which really shows in some of the book's views). Four-fifteen. He boards up his house, stocks up on canned goods, and researches a way to combat this disease. Sometimes the structure around the tank might be weakened or its rain catchers bent or broken off. I am legend.”, ["And suddenly he thought, I'm the abnormal one now. I remember enjoying the movie The Omega Man with Charlton Heston when I was young. He sat down and looked at the red second hand as it swept slowly around the clock face. Four-thirty. Then he went back into the kitchen, turned his chops, and switched off the heat under the string beans.