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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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Worst writing style I remember in a while. 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.

X is deployed to the 7 th level of a vast underground complex — the level responsible for the offensive capabilities of their nuclear arsenal Level 6 is defensive, Level 5 is living quarters for the elite and political classes, etc. Once he does this simple, unremar This is one of those books that rewards patient reading–its cumulative power is immense.

Thankfully, much like war it described, this book was short. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. I recommend Level 7 for all fans of classic science fiction, especially works on Cold War themes.

Written in first person diary form. Two things about this book and author that make this an extremely good read: Quotes from Level 7. Sep 13, Manny rated it liked it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Uncredited cover for the edition 4. You are commenting using your Facebook account. The atomic war is fought and, as expected, lost by all sides. I just threw Paris Hilton in cuz I was tired: In any case, a hierarchy of bunkers roshwalld built, to host civilians, politicians, and military in case of nuclear attack from the opposite side, and, for a subset of the levsl military, to retaliate with a devastating attack of their own.


But the plot of this one sounds pretty great. This is an older book, written during the Cold War between the U. View all 6 comments. X guesses that they must have all been chosen for their mission because they don’t like others, and are all somewhat antisocial. After the totally destructive war, radiation spreads and wipes out life on the surface.

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

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

PBX Officer X decides to write a diary of his experiences, and the book takes the shape of this diary. Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references Pages to import images to Wikidata Interlanguage link template link number. It’s incredible how humanity have to destroy what they have on the hope that they,will win something completely desnecessary.

However, after twelve days the residents discover that the tape repeats itself. I recall being frightened by one headline about imminent war in particular.

Xwhatever becomes the last man on earth, continues keeping his diary, and the last 15 or so pages are really pretty macabre.

All references to government and politics are purposefully general in order to create a more universal message about the dehumanization of nuclear war. Detailed plot synopsis lwvel of Level 7 In an unspecified nation, the nameless officer X is taken to an ultra-secret installation called Level 7.

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

The rosywald, methodical reporting style has a cumulative effect; the last 20 or so pages are just devastating in their simply-written bleakness. 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. Nov 18, Brian rated it liked it Shelves: Learn roshwzld your comment data is processed. Gale of Galaxy Science Fiction in rated Level 7 4.


Simply told, very powerful.

This story is very sad, and chilling. Enemy is called just the rosywald and allies “allies”. As one might imagine, Level 7 plunges its occupants into periods of extreme depression.

Copyrights and trademarks for the films, television programs, music, books, and other promotional materials are held by their respective owners and their use is allowed under the roshwalr use clause of the Copyright Law. This book starts off really good and grabs your attention right away, and it ends even better.

Level 7 (novel) – Wikipedia

No trivia or quizzes yet. It is a fine fictional warning about what might await those who are ‘lucky’ enough to survive a first strike. 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.

His most famous work is the novel Level 7a post-apocalyptic science-fiction novel. Roshwals would such sociopaths be grown in the Western society?! Great summary and review.