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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Xwhatever becomes the last man on earth, continues keeping his diary, and the last 15 or so pages are lebel pretty macabre. Atomic War in Fiction.

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

On The Beach has a film adaptation which is ok as well…. If you’re willing to suspend the disbelief required of the best examples of this writing, i.

This was my first exposure to this sort of fiction, though I’ve read a great deal more in the intervening years. Now, radio contact with The Enemy’s shelter continues the war, as both sides claim victory and trade tirades against each other, with neutral nations blaming both.

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 rather heavy-handed in reinforcing the spin of the novel and rather ruins the ending for first-time readers.

Definitely going onto the TBR pile. Indeed, he took me to village board meetings, encouraging my interest in public affairs and reading of the newspaper. Views Read Edit View history. Books by Mordecai Roshwald. Instead the author portrays the war through the eyes of radar technicians and button pushers who only see blips on radar screens and are told via a loudspeaker on what buttons to push.

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Oct 02, Diana Welsch rated it really liked it. Learn how your comment data is processed. It is left to the individual reader to determine if this indeed identifies a Western setting or merely reflects the author’s background. I just finished reading Woollebel post-apocalyptic book about life underground, roswakd decided it was time to read Level 7 again. Rosqald, towards the end, everyone starts dying as each level becomes contaminated with radiation.

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The Berlin crisis had lasted from the previous I read this book during the Berlin crisis while still in primary school. Roshwald was an American academic and writer. This was a first novel, and lacks some polish and focus. Thank you so much for the review of this book! Feb 18, Miles rated it really liked it Shelves: The end is sobering and ultimately futile.

They have enough food, water, and air to last them 5 lifetimes. About ten years ago my teenage son and I both read it and agreed it was quite good. I really can’t recommend it more highly.

I just noticed it was published in The order comes for X, author of the diary, button-pusher by training, to push the buttons that will launch the nuclear arsenal of his country, which remains unnamed, against the enemy, another unnamed superpower. levrl

UW Press – : Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald, edited and with a new foreword by David Seed

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. X guesses that they must have all been chosen for their mission because they don’t like others, and are all somewh What I found most disturbing about this novel was not the hopelessness of the Level 7 dwellers, buried thousands of feet beneath the earth, then assigned to annihilate humanity and continue living for years.

Retrieved from ” https: See 1 question about Level 7…. Well, eventually it gets to a point where a war breaks out.

Thankfully, much like war it described, this book was short. Where is the stick, when the place where the main action happens, Level 7, has been physically isolated from the rest of the world, for years?! Sometimes I’ve marveled at how kids seem to enjoy horror stories, how modern kids I know gravitate to horror films. No wonder it was in crappy condition and smelled of mildew. Unstable officer X freezes up as the war is carried out, and must be replaced.

When the trio military, politicians, and technology experts realize that a second-strike policy that is, a policy of being able to strike back after a nation’s own annihilation, for example by launching a retaliatory and equally annihilating attack coordinated from an impenetrable bunker is technically feasible, both nations act upon it and set up a set of automated tools.


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.

The story starts out as the solider x and other soldiers I am so glad this novel is now available in e-book form. Then, there is an army of nurses to care for their physical needs, scientists who keep the air flowing, psychologists roswakd pooh-pooh the worries of those who miss fresh air and sunshine.

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

The book is apparently written in such a way to discourage the reader from determining which side is which. Return to Book Page.

However, it is worthwhile as a quick reading experience. The incredible stupidity of the human race, in pages or less. Gale of Galaxy Science Fiction in rated Level 7 4. Room enough levfl the button pushers, engineers and scientist to continue our way of life after a nuclear holocaust strikes.

Its basically about a man who is in training and gets promoted and taken 4, feet below ground to do his job, with a select group of other people. This page was last edited on 12 Marchat I lent it to my non-sf-reading brother and not only did he fly through it, so did his classics-reading wife, and both raved about it.

I had not heard of this book, your review makes me want to find it. Toswald, while it may not become one of my favorites, it comes very close to being one. Level 7 functions because of its political neutrality, the simple story, and the many surreal moments — a delightful and terrifying nuclear fable.