5 Jan (Uncredited cover for the edition) /5 (Very Good) I recently received a copy of Modecai Roshwald’s Level 7 () from 2thD at. Level 7. Mordecai Roshwald Edited and with a new foreword by David Seed Library of American Fiction · Terrace Books “This story gives the most realistic. 20 Jan Level 7 Mordecai Roshawld University of Wisconsin Press, (Reprint, originally published in ) Level 7 is a fascinating science fiction.

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Luckily, a helpful overhead voice breaks down the different levels of confinement from 7 on up levvel the people who’ll be stuck there, so he transcribes that to mind-numbing effect.

Without any ties to the surface, the pushbutton officers can carry out their orders without hesitation.

I liked the book, but the dismissive, dated treatment of women put me off, for example: This book starts off really good and grabs your attention right away, and it ends even better. Quotes from Level 7.

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

He has been chosen to be one of four “Push Button Command” officers, whose task levvel to fire the nation’s arsenal of missiles in the event of war. X and his fellow shelter inhabitants belatedly learn the criteria that had determined rishwald to the shelters: His most famous work is the novel Level 7a post-apocalyptic science-fiction novel. Apr 30, Michelle Kisner rated it it was amazing. Ero molto titubante ad affrontare questa lettura per varie ragioni.


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. About ten years ago my teenage son and I both read it and agreed it was quite good. I would think that since there is no reference to politics it would be more well known.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Level 7 is the tale of a military man who lives in a bunker 4, feet below the surface of the earth.

Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

Return to Book Page. But, uses, let us say, a very over the top style to convey its point — from the first page I glanced at in We Who are About To… she definitely toned down her extravagant prose. Room enough for the button pushers, roshwlad and scientist to continue our way of life after a nuclear holocaust strikes.

This site uses cookies. I suppose we’ve heard that story before and become dulled to the prospect of a fusion armageddon. Cancel reply Enter your comment here Politics was also of roshdald since Dad had been a vocal supporter of Kennedy against Nixon the previous year as well as active in community affairs.

The above-ground war is all very abstract for him, but his life and personality feel just as abstract to us: Roshwald was an American academic and writer. The last paragraph of the story has to be the mordecak riveting.

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Review: Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Level 7 In an unspecified nation, the nameless officer X is taken to an ultra-secret installation called Level 7. Trivia About Level 7.

I suppose, however, moordecai it was more effective to maintain the “nuclear war mentality” by not making it so much a human story as an inhumane one. 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.

Retrieved 17 March Once he does this simple, unremar This is one of those books that rewards patient reading–its cumulative power is immense.

Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

X and his colleagues attempt to carry on human life, but discover that institutions such as marriage and preparations for child-rearing have been hollowed out by conditions and attitudes in the antiseptic underground. The book is apparently written in such a way to discourage the reader from determining which side is which. No trivia or quizzes yet.