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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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. About ten years ago my teenage son and I both read it and agreed it was quite good. Have you read One Nation Underground: It is left to the individual reader to determine if this indeed identifies a Western setting or roswwld reflects the author’s background.

At first the underground levels are levek but the radiation slowly makes it way down, level by level. This book is neutral – in the sense that it does not defend either the East or the West.

Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

It is submitted for the benefit of the West and the Roswapd, as well as anybody caught in between. After the totally destructive war, radiation spreads and wipes out life on the surface.

Enemy is called just the “enemy” and allies “allies”. 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. I settled on four because any novel written almost 55 years ago that feels this fresh and relevant is really quite remarkable. Retrieved from ” https: I suppose, however, that it was more effective to maintain the “nuclear war mentality” by not making it so much a human story as an inhumane one.


Jun 10, Melissa rated it it was ok Shelves: This book is a scathing satire on war and the mentality which prevailed especially during the Cold ,evel era.

This book is quiet similar to On the Beach and Alas, Babylonboth in the era in which they were published and the levwl subject matter with which they deal: This book might give you nightmares.

Worst writing style I remember in a while. As one might imagine, Level 7 plunges its occupants into periods of extreme depression.

Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide

The story starts out as the solider x and other soldiers I am so glad this novel is now available in e-book form. Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide. However, after twelve days the residents discover that the tape repeats itself. However, it is just barely Cold-War-Era dated and far-fetched enough to not be as scary or depressing as it could be.

Through his journal entries, you learn about life underground, the eventual start of a full-scale nuclear war, and the aftermath for the survivors. In any case, specific national identities are arguably irrelevant to the book’s themes of dehumanization, the abstraction of nuclear warfare, and the danger that this leads to when combined with the destructive potential of the weapons involved.

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.

However, this was removed in editions published before because it was felt that it spoiled the ending of the book. I expected a much worse novel, to be honest.

Detailed Review Summary of Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

The Berlin crisis had lasted from the previous spring and had resulted in the erection of the wall dividing the city and daily newspaper reports. This is a quick read, which surprised me.


He’s not the only one down there.

This was not one of them. The writing is terrible, for today’s standards. To ask other readers questions about Level 7please sign up. This is levrl of those books that rewards patient reading–its cumulative power is immense.

The naming or rather numbering convention is clever in that it allows the reader to identify him with either of the superpowers of the cold war era. So glad to have found your blog where you review these terrific older books with perceptive eyes and mind. When the trio military, politicians, and technology experts realize that a second-strike policy that is, levsl policy of being able to strike back after a nation’s own annihilation, for example by launching a retaliatory and roswaldd annihilating attack coordinated from an impenetrable bunker is technically feasible, both nations act upon it and set up a set of automated tools.

I usually buy two, sometimes even three books for that price!

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

I was more repelled by the personalities of the individuals on level 7. Thank you so much for the review of this book! You never learn his name or the country rosald his citizenship. I’ve been reading a whole lot of nuclear apocalypse-themed novels from the 50s and 60s lately and I reckon this takes the cake.