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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Preview — Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald. Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald. Four thousand feet underground, Level 7 has been built to withstand the most devastating attack and to be self-sufficient for five hundred years. Selected according to a psychological profile that assures their willingness to destroy all life on Earth, those who are sent down may never return.

Originally published inand with overcopies sold, this powerful dystopian novel remains a horrific vision of where the nuclear arms race may lead, and is an affirmation of human life and love. Paperbackpages. Published June 24th by University of Wisconsin Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Level 7please sign up. See 1 question about Level 7…. Lists with This Book. I read this book during the Berlin crisis while still in primary school.

Science fiction was already an addiction and I’d put away a book or two a day when school wasn’t in session. Politics was also of interest since Dad had been a vocal supporter of Kennedy against Nixon the previous year as well as active in community affairs. Indeed, he took me to village board meetings, encouraging my interest in public affairs and reading of the newspaper.

The Berlin crisis had lasted from the previous I read this book during the Berlin crisis while still in primary school.

The Berlin crisis had lasted from the previous spring and had resulted in the erection of the wall dividing the city and daily newspaper reports.

I pevel being frightened by one headline about imminent war in particular. Although fascinated by things military, the idea of actual warfare terrified me, particularly in light of the thermonuclear capacities of powers engaged. On at least one occasion I recall having run to Mother, crying.

Level 7 was probably obtained at the nearest library, out in East Dundee, Illinois. It scared the shit out of me. Sometimes I’ve marveled at how kids seem to enjoy horror stories, how modern kids I know gravitate to horror films.

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald () | Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

For me, the horror was contemporary politics. View all 4 comments. Dec 17, Veeral rated it really liked it Shelves: With no chance of redemption whatsoever. If you like happy endings, you might want to stay away from this book. This book is quiet similar to On the Beach and Alas, Babylonboth in the era in which they were published roehwald the primary subject matter with which they deal: While I personally found On the Beach totally unimpressive and roshhwald drag, Alas, Babylon became one of my favorite novels.

So where does “Level 7” stand? Well, while it may not become one of my favorites, it comes very close to being one. But in one department, “Level 7” truly is way better than both these classics.


Depicting Human Psychology about War. Roshwald has described the human psychology about rsohwald with total and so, quite discomfiting accuracy, which is the most unsettling as well as interesting aspect of the book.

There are no names. No names at all.

Detailed Review Summary of Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

Enemy is called just the roshwwld and allies “allies”. Even people living in the bunker are not known by what might be their original names. For example, the protagonist is known only as X from whose personal diary “Level 7” takes form. He lives in a bunker named “Level 7” with people which is feet underground. He is a “Push-Button” officer, the one that pushes buttons to launch nuclear missiles and annihilate the world when such orders are received.

This book is a scathing satire on war and the mentality which prevailed especially during the Cold War era. 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”.

Oct 02, Diana Welsch rated elvel really liked it. Level 7 is the tale of a military man who lives in a bunker 4, feet below the surface of the earth. His job is to sit in a room and wait for the command to push a series of buttons which will unleash complete nuclear destruction on the earth.

He is not told why he is to go into roshwal bunker beforehand, and when he gets there he finds out that he must spend the rest of his life there. He’s not the only one down there.

There are two more roshwaldd like him who wait in shifts for the command to come. Then, there is an army of nurses to care for their physical needs, scientists who keep the air flowing, psychologists to pooh-pooh the worries of those who miss fresh air and sunshine. Level 7 takes the form of this man’s diary, the only thing that keeps him sane in this unbelievable situation.

You never learn his name or the country of his citizenship. When the day of horror finally arrives, our man records the events and his thoughts and feelings, and he later discovers that the truth about this war is more horrifying and depressing than he had previously imagined.

This book might give you nightmares. However, it is just barely Cold-War-Era dated and far-fetched enough to not be as scary or depressing as it could be. It’s insanely memorable and I recommend it to everyone I know who likes nuclear war stories, but I had to subtract a star for its sexist, dated attitude towards women. Apr 14, John Walsh rated it it was amazing.

This is one roshawld those books that rewards patient reading–its cumulative power is immense. We follow the diary of a man who lives on Level 7 of a bunker where the best and brightest go in a kind of experiment to see how humans would endure extended life in isolation after a nuclear holocaust. The details of day to day life are interesting enough, but the book’s best aspect is the growing sense of dread that our protagonist will have to do his duty in case of war.

Once he does this simple, unremar This is one of those books that rewards patient reading–its cumulative power is immense. Once he does this simple, unremarkable act, his life in the bunker is, literally, without purpose, and he and the reader await the end of the war above. But things don’t go as goshwald.

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Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

It is a fine fictional warning about what might await those who are ‘lucky’ enough to survive a first strike.

Sep 03, Rebecca rated it it was amazing. I’m not sure where this book would rank on my list if I re-read it now – but it left an indelible mark on the mind of my twelve-year-old self.

Sep 13, Manny rated it liked it. Later, he roshwaald for this atypical and unprofessional lapse into poetry. A deeply sarcastic dystopian novel regarding the stupidity of nuclear weapons, decisions behind and behaviour of people involved. However, I have found the characters and writing too dull to empathize with the enormity of the act.

Jun 10, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: Ever since reading “Survivor Type” by Stephen King at what was most likely too young of an age, I’ve been a sucker for the whole writing-a-diary-while-going-mad genre.

If you’re willing to suspend the disbelief required of the best examples of this writing, i. Unfortunately, this book is not a shining example of the crazy diarist.

Although the initial premise is quite excit Ever since reading “Survivor Type” by Roehwald King at what was most likely too young of an age, I’ve been leveo sucker for the whole writing-a-diary-while-going-mad genre. Although the initial premise is quite exciting, the execution is more dull than anything. Luckily, a helpful overhead voice breaks down the different levels of confinement from 7 on up and the people who’ll be stuck there, so he transcribes that to mind-numbing effect.

No one has a name, only a number, and while I get that this is probably a plot device to show roshawld cruelly inhuman the military can be, it basically serves to make it impossible to remember who is who or levsl any human connection with anyone.

Luckily, towards the end, everyone starts dying as each level roxhwald contaminated with radiation. Xwhatever becomes the last man on earth, continues keeping his diary, and the last 15 or so pages are really pretty macabre.

It’s no “Survivor Type”, though. View all 3 comments. Ero molto titubante ad affrontare questa lettura per varie ragioni. Questa preme Ero molto titubante ad affrontare questa lettura per varie ragioni.

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

Questa premessa personale era importante per far capire che ho elvel questa lettura non “alla leggera” e che sento molto il tema trattato nel libro. E forse roshwadl per tutti coloro che pensano che “l’apocalisse” sia quella propinataci negli ultimi anni, l’avventuretta di improbabili ragazzini unici sopravvissuti di un imprecisato virus che ha ucciso tutti gli adulti.

Dec 06, Marcele rated it really liked it Shelves: This book provides so much food for thought. It’s incredible how humanity have to destroy what they have on the hope that they,will win something completely desnecessary. Oct 24, Michael Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Level 7 is the story of an atomic war, and of the post-apocalyptic world briefly succeeding it.