Level 7 (Library of American Fiction) [Mordecai Roshwald, David Seed] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Level 7 is the diary of Officer . (Uncredited cover for the edition) /5 (Very Good) I recently received a copy of Modecai Roshwald’s Level 7 () from 2thD at. In an unspecified nation, the nameless officer X is taken to an ultra-secret installation called Level 7. He has been chosen to be one of four “Push Button.

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There is a possibility that the astounding series of events depicted by the author will in fact occur a few years from now. For Roshwald, the character of x exemplifies the dehumanizing aspects of nuclear war. Gale of Galaxy Science Fiction in rated Level 7 4. The book is written as if it is a diary kept by X and records his roshwakd decent into despair and madness.

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But in one department, “Level 7” truly is way better than both these classics. A Canticle for Leibowitz is generally considered one of the best…. Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Level 7 In an unspecified nation, the nameless officer X is taken to an ultra-secret installation called Level 7. A must read for anyone who liked books such as Alas, Babylon and even dystopian classics like and Brave New Worldas apart from the apocalyptic scenario, there is also a strong dystopian feel to “Level 7”.

I did look leevel the author, at 91 years old he is apparently still teaching at the U of Minnesota.

Kevel example, the protagonist is known only as X from whose personal diary “Level 7” takes form. Sep 16, Sheehan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is a must read if you ask me, great book Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide.


Great summary and review. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. On at roshwapd one occasion I recall having run to Mother, crying.

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As one might imagine, Level 7 plunges its occupants into periods of extreme depression. Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. It is clear that the author was going for a kind of satire, setting up straw-man characters to poke fun at.

While reading, I found myself wishing that more detail had been given, and time ldvel, to background and personal information about the characters, particularly the narrator. Level 6 is for other military personnel. Overall, a frightening book that reads poorly; had it not been for the topic, a solid 1-star. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. May 02, Raegan Butcher rated it liked it Recommends it for: Refresh and roshwadl again. Sep lefel, Manny rated it liked it. He’s not the only one down there.

He and his fellow workers are told that they must live in the bunker forever and will never be able to return to the surface. I settled on four because any novel written almost 55 years ago that feels this fresh and relevant is really quite remarkable. So glad to have found your blog where you review these terrific older books with perceptive eyes and mind. Hogan Time Storm by Gordon Ldvel.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Notify me of new posts via roshwad. It is left to the individual reader to determine if this indeed identifies a Western setting or merely reflects the author’s background.

A claustrophobic life in a bunker becomes stifling for X has he watches and listens to his fellow soldiers start to loose it in a “not so” hermetically sealed bunker. It’s beautifully written; the characters are distinctive and authentic despite being described so economically; the plot is brilliantly crafted and rings true; the psychology and sociology and politics and everything is just spot on.

Well, I recommend the more acknowledged classics first so you get a sense of the era. Dec 27, Samu rated it it was amazing Shelves: Level 7, by Mordecai Roshwald gaping blackbird. Library of American Fiction. The war happens with predictable results; total destruction of the human race. Level 7 is written in the form of a diary.


In perhaps the most fascinating moment in the narrative, x engages in a series of discussions with a school teacher about the stories they should tell their offspring: This is an older book, written during the Cold War between the U. I read this book during the Berlin crisis while still in primary school. Level 7 may be dated, but it is still a powerful indictment of the mentality that sees mutual assured destruction as roshqald sensible deterrent to nuclear war.

The military in charge of the retaliation are specially selected and psychologically trained to be capable of “pressing the button”, the physical act of igniting thousands of atomic-bomb-carrying rockets through the push of one button.

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

See 1 question about Level 7…. From their deep-hole bunkers, politicians spit vitriol upon their enemy counterparts, even after such chest The book reads like a twisted version of Plato’s Republic – a dissertation on the sort roshwal society and people required to commit and survive atomic armageddon.

Four thousand feet underground, Level 7 has been built to withstand the most devastating attack and to be self-sufficient for five hundred years. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! But, hey, who gets jacket blurbs from Bertrand Russell! Level 7 isn’t roshwzld a book that I just read.

Even people living in the bunker are not known by what might be their original names. This is more apocalyptic than “post”:

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