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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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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 of society and people required to commit and survive atomic armageddon.

There are no names.

Dec 17, Veeral rated it really liked it Shelves: Apr 30, Michelle Kisner rated it it was amazing. Level 7 takes the form of this man’s diary, the only thing that keeps him sane in this unbelievable situation. To ask other readers questions about Level 7please sign up. While I personally found On the Beach totally unimpressive and a drag, Alas, Babylon became one of my favorite novels.

Return to Book Page. But then again they have been selected from the masses for such a mission so they must be of an unusual character makeup anyway. X guesses that they must have all been chosen for their mission because they don’t like others, and are all somewhat antisocial.

They aren’t told of the one-way nature of the assignment until they are actually in Level 7, however, and some of them don’t take well to their situation. Notify me of new posts via email. University of Wisconsin Press.

Level 7 (novel) – Wikipedia

It is clear that the author was going for a kind of satire, setting rowald straw-man characters to poke fun at. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: This is an older book, written during the Cold War between the U.


The Diary of Push-Button Officer X is intended as a preventative anti-radioactive medicine, good for consumption in any place in the world. No trivia or quizzes yet. However, this was removed in editions published before because it was felt that it spoiled the ending of the book.

Selected according to a psychological profile that assures their willingness to destroy all life on Earth, those who are sent down may never return. It’s no “Survivor Type”, though.

For first time readers I’d recommend reading that preface after the whole of the novel.

Shelters at Level 1 and 2 are mostly destroyed, the rest dying of radiation soon after. 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 rosdald of war. Mar 14, Ilia rated it did not like it. I usually buy two, sometimes even three books for that price! A little difficult to find a copy of this.

Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide

No wonder it was in crappy condition and smelled of mildew. This is more apocalyptic than “post”: Nuclear war destroys humanity, or humanity destroys humanity through nuclear war. No one has a name, only a number, and while I get that this is probably a plot device to show how cruelly inhuman the military can be, it basically serves to make it impossible to remember who is who or forge any human connection with anyone. Well, while it may not become one of my favorites, it comes very close to being one.

To paraphrase a great man, who paraphrased many before him — the path to peace lies rosaald strength. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

Hogan Time Storm by Gordon R. Originally, the manuscript contained a preface by Martian archaeologistswho discover the diary amongst the ruins of a destroyed Earth.

I am even more impressed the story feels so ish. Library of American Fiction. Once he does this simple, unremarkable act, his life in the bunker is, literally, without purpose, and he rowsald the reader await the end of the war above.


The mood of the story is grim, as X realizes that once he makes the descent down into Level 7, there is no turning back to the outside world.

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

Click on a plot link to find similar books! Great summary roswzld review. Apparently the first proponent of this measure was a Hiroshima police officer, and it actually was effective enough that not a single Nagasaki police officer was killed in the intial blast there according to Wikipedia, anyway. As Level 7’s safety falls into question, its inhabitants confront their growing isolation, overconfidence in technology, loneliness below a dead world, and the insanity of a society whose momentum toward annihilation exceeded its collective will to live.

Dec 06, Marcele rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 02, Diana Welsch rated it really liked it. So glad to have found your blog where you review these terrific older books with perceptive eyes and mind. I had not heard of this book, your review makes me want to find it. A couple from Level 3 go out to report on conditions, and are dead within 5 days, finding nothing but ash and darkness.

Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide. Level 7 functions because of its political neutrality, the simple story, and the many surreal moments — a delightful and terrifying nuclear fable.

However, after twelve days the residents discover that levvel tape repeats itself. The novel thus acts as a warning against the nuclear arms raceas the original but later removed postscript makes clear:.