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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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Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide

The other five levels are for various important civilians and, the closer one gets to the surface, the less provisions are provided. Email required Address never made public.

But the plot of this one sounds pretty great. Certainly thought provoking and worth reading. It is a fine fictional warning about what might await those who are ‘lucky’ enough to survive a first strike.

I really can’t recommend it more highly. This is an older book, written during the Cold War between the U.

When the t Level 7 is the story of an atomic war, and of the post-apocalyptic world briefly succeeding it.

It’s incredible how humanity have to destroy what they have on leevl hope that they,will win something completely desnecessary. Paperbackpages. However, this explanation may explain the actions of his characters, but makes the story similar to the bad horror movies of levwl early s, in which the viewer simply knows that the normal human response would have averted the danger.

Level 7 was probably obtained at the nearest library, out in East Dundee, Illinois. 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. Depicting Human Psychology about War. People begin dying on the middle levels. I read this book during the Roshwld crisis while still in primary school. Jun 10, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: Science and Technology in Myth and Fiction It is left to the individual reader to determine if this indeed identifies a Western setting or merely reflects the author’s background.


His most famous work is the novel Level 7a post-apocalyptic science-fiction novel. I suppose, however, that it was more effective to maintain the “nuclear war mentality” by not roshwld it so much a human story as an inhumane one.

They are sequestered underground and wait for the order, which does not fail to arrive. I recommend Level 7 for all fans of classic science fiction, especially works on Cold War themes. His last words are incoherent scrawl as he slowly dies of radiation poisoning, leaving Level 7 itself as the last funtioning “life” on Earth. The earth is scorched due to nuclear war and the only survivors are those who went underground.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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.

This is more apocalyptic than “post”: As a warning and social statement, it is something of a relic. Over the course of the novel the purpose of levek other six levels is described in an educational program by the loudspeaker. His job is to push the buttons that launch the nukes at the enemy if told to do so by his command. The characters, besides being wooden in expression, lack believability – – levep obeying orders although there is little stick, to the point where the reader can easily find the main actors as mere puppets.

If you’re willing to suspend the disbelief required of the roshwale examples of this writing, i. The Diary of Push-Button Officer X is intended as a preventative anti-radioactive medicine, good for consumption in any place in the world. However, they also dislike the others within their own community, and are incapable of building real relationships on Level 7. Thank you so much for the review of this book!


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

Originally, the manuscript contained a preface by Martian archaeologistswho discover the diary amongst the ruins of a destroyed Earth. The war happens with predictable results; total destruction of the human race.

The above-ground war is all very abstract for him, but his life and personality feel just as abstract to us: One of the most powerful scenes recounts the discovery of the length of the tape of music. Level 7, by Mordecai Roshwald gaping blackbird.

He and his fellow workers are told that they must live in the lveel forever and will never be able to return to the surface. The story starts out as the solider x and other soldiers men and women head down deep into an underground bunker called Level 7. I read them regularly and enjoy them immensely.

Feb 23, Kathleen Fowler rated it liked it. The novel thus acts as a warning against the nuclear arms raceas the original but later removed postscript makes clear:. No one has a name, only a number, and while I get that this is probably a legel 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. Dec 06, Marcele rated it really liked it Shelves: This site uses Akismet to reduce spam.

After the totally destructive war, radiation spreads and wipes out life on the surface. At last, the Loudspeaker orders the PBX officers to carry out their function: I would think that since there is no reference to politics it would be more well known. The Paris Hilton inflection….