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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The Diary of Roshhwald Officer X is intended as a preventative anti-radioactive medicine, good for consumption in any place in the world. Click on a plot link to find similar books! Mordecai also raises interesting philosophical questions, about the nature of the individual, about boredom, about the psychology of being imprisoned, about the notion of an enclosed utopian state, etc.

It is clear that the author was going for a kind of satire, setting up straw-man characters to poke rowhwald at. No one knows how or why, but radiation is getting to the supposedly safe havens.

It’s rather heavy-handed in reinforcing the spin of the novel and rather ru Level 7 isn’t truly a book that I just read. He has been trained to follow orders, orders as simple as pressing a button that will result in the annihilation of millions.

View all 3 comments. He wrote very little — which is a shame…. Level 7 by Mordecai Leve.

Indeed, he took me to village board meetings, encouraging my interest in public affairs and reading of the newspaper. The Causes of Nuclear War”. It is a fine fictional warning about what might await those who are ‘lucky’ enough to survive a first strike. You never learn his name or the country of his citizenship. I do recommend that you don’t read the lengthy, scholarly introduction until you’ve read the book though, as it is full of spoilers.

Four thousand feet underground, Level 7 has been built to withstand the most devastating attack and to be self-sufficient for five hundred years. Roshwald was an American academic and writer. Questa premessa personale era importante per far capire che ho affrontato questa lettura non “alla leggera” e che sento molto il tema trattato nel libro.


It’s incredible how humanity have to destroy what they have on the hope that they,will win something completely desnecessary. Even after the point when the buttons were pushed that launched the weapons I was still thinking ahead how the wizard behind the curtain would reveal himself and the joke he was playing on the participants.

Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

The above-ground war is all very abstract for him, but his life and personality feel just as abstract to us: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Berlin crisis had lasted from the previous I read this book during the Berlin crisis while still in primary school. View all 6 comments. I highly recommend it — despite the authors very condemnatory attitude towards some of the sci-fi from the era he hates Heinlein a delightful scholarly be warned analysis roshwaldd a fascinating topic.

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

Well, eventually it gets to rowhwald point where a war breaks out. Well, I recommend the more acknowledged classics first so you get a sense of the era.

We follow the diary of a man who lives on Level 7 of a bunker where ldvel best and brightest go in a roshwad of experiment to see how humans would endure extended life in isolation after a nuclear holocaust. They are sequestered underground and wait for the order, which does not fail to arrive. Luckily, towards the end, everyone starts dying as each level becomes contaminated with radiation. The Paris Hilton inflection…. Dec 06, Marcele rated it really liked it Shelves: He’s not the only one down there.

Worst writing style I remember in a while. Kent State University Press. Priestley for a episode of the BBC2 television science-fiction drama programme Out of the Unknown.

Xwhatever becomes the last man on earth, continues keeping his diary, and the last 15 or so pages are really pretty macabre. All the buttons are pressed, and in 2 hours 58 minutes the world is eradicated.


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Shelters at Level 1 and 2 are mostly destroyed, the rest dying of radiation soon after. Simply told, very powerful. 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 rodhwald and depressing than he had previously imagined. The characters, besides being wooden in expression, lack believability – – always obeying orders although there is little stick, to the point where the reader can easily find the main actors as mere puppets.

May 02, Raegan Butcher rated it liked it Recommends it for: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The story starts out as the solider x and other soldiers roxhwald and women head down deep into an underground bunker called Level 7.

For the easily disturbed and those who need a happy ending, steer clear.

Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide

The government has deemed the soldiers in the bunker the saviors of our way of life. Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional rosgwald Pages to import images to Wikidata Interlanguage link template link number. 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.

Through his journal entries, you learn about life underground, the eventual start of a full-scale nuclear war, and the aftermath for the survivors. It’s rather heavy-handed in reinforcing the spin of the novel and rather ruins the ending for first-time readers. Published June 24th by University of Wisconsin Press first published