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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Roshwald was a “professor emeritus of humanities at the University of Minnesota, and a visiting professor at many universities worldwide. Room enough for the button pushers, engineers and scientist to continue our way of life after a nuclear holocaust strikes. Don’t know what possessed me to keep reading it.

Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide

Highly recommended for roshwals of Howey’s Woolnuclear war “fans,” and vintage science fiction fans. Selected according to a psychological profile that assures their willingness to destroy all life on Earth, those who are sent down may never return.

A deeply sarcastic dystopian novel regarding the stupidity of nuclear weapons, decisions behind and behaviour of people involved. Later, he apologizes for this atypical and unprofessional lapse into poetry. However, I have found the characters and writing too dull to empathize with the enormity of the act. He is not told why he is to go roshwaald the bunker beforehand, and when he gets there he finds out that he must spend the rest of his life there.

Overall, a frightening book that reads poorly; had it not been for the topic, a solid 1-star. The writing is terrible, for today’s standards. The novel thus acts as a warning against the nuclear arms raceas the original but later removed postscript makes clear:. Reading it makes me think of the novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin in its protagonist who is known by a number and in the manner in which the reader is led to care about him despite his dedication to what we see as a terrifying government.


The extinction of humanity has taken four months from the time that the missiles were first fired. From their deep-hole bunkers, politicians spit vitriol upon their enemy roshwzld, even after such chest beating becomes pointless. X is the last human being on Earth, as he writes, “a distinction amid extinction. Retrieved January 15, Open Preview See a Problem? Science fiction was already an addiction and I’d put away a book or two a day when school wasn’t in session.

Unfortunately, this book is not a shining example of the crazy diarist. Kent State University Press. 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.

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

Level 7 rosjwald probably obtained at the nearest library, out in East Dundee, Illinois. What is your favorite late 50s atomic themed novel? To paraphrase a great man, who paraphrased many before him — the path rosjwald peace lies through strength. Refresh and try again. X and his fellow shelter inhabitants belatedly learn the criteria that had determined admission to the shelters: I’ve been reading a whole lot of nuclear apocalypse-themed novels from the 50s and 60s lately and I leevel this takes the cake.

It’s insanely memorable and Toshwald recommend it to everyone I know who likes nuclear war stories, but I had to subtract a star for its sexist, dated attitude towards elvel. The lowest level, Level 7, houses the main character X who is a “button pusher”. X fulfills the role of ‘push-button’ offensive initiator of his nation’s nuclear weapons capacity against an unspecified enemy.

It should be interesting to see what sticks out now vs when I was 10 or X guesses that they must have all been chosen for their mission because they don’t like others, and are all somewhat antisocial.

This is one of those books that rewards levl reading–its cumulative power is immense. 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. One of the more surreal moments happens when the loudspeaker informs the residents that they should consider getting married. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Needless to say, the unthinkable does happen. Although fascinated by things military, the idea of actual warfare terrified me, particularly in light of the thermonuclear capacities of powers engaged. The review of this Book prepared by tiepilot If you like happy endings, you might want to stay away from this book. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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.

Luckily, towards the end, everyone starts dying as each level becomes contaminated with radiation. When the t Level 7 is the story of an atomic war, and of the post-apocalyptic world briefly succeeding it. At last it is discovered that the reactor which fuels Level 7 has leaked, and that the whole population roshwalf doomed despite all the precautions. I just finished reading Woolanother post-apocalyptic book about life underground, and decided it was time to read Level 7 again.

With no chance of redemption whatsoever. A little difficult to find a copy of this. Ero molto titubante ad affrontare questa lettura per varie ragioni.

People begin dying on the middle levels. Once he does this simple, unremar This is one of those books that rewards patient reading–its cumulative power is immense. No one knows how or why, but radiation is getting to the supposedly leel havens.