5 One of the finest novels ever written.SavalasRocks | 20/02/2008 | See all SavalasRocks's reviews (21)Regardless of the debatable merits of the recent Will Smith version of I Am Legend, one good thing to come out of the films release is that more people are exposed to the superb novel the movie is based on.It's hard to believe that this novel was first published in 1954, as it remains remarkably fresh and contempory.Infact, with modern concerns over the enviroment and mankind's place in the universe, the novel seems even more pertinent.I Am Legend is a delightful enigma. Is it a horror story? A tragic character study? An exploration of man's isolation in a terrifyingly plausible future? Well it's all those things and more and in the final analysis ends up being simply one of the most beautifully written novels in any genre. Richard Matheson's writing manages to wring every ounce of tension and tragedy out of the story that by the end you feel as drained as our protagonist, Robert Neville.This is a classic novel of the 20th Century(or any century for that matter).Buy it and remind yourself why reading can be such a pleasure.And be assured, there's a reason why Hollywood's had three cracks at adapting it.