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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The situations often verge on comical.

He has been chosen to be one of four “Push Button Command” officers, whose task is to fire the nation’s arsenal of missiles in the event of war. This story is very sad, and chilling. Roshwald was an American academic and writer.

The military in charge of the retaliation are specially selected and psychologically trained to be capable of “pressing the button”, the physical act of igniting thousands of atomic-bomb-carrying rockets through the push of one button. This book starts off really good and grabs your ldvel right away, and it ends even better.

Trying to find a book about a man in a missle silo 5 Aug 15, Lists with This Book. First off, I should say that the copy I first read was without the preface found in my new copy. Mar 14, Orshwald rated it did not like it. Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald.

Roshwald has described the human psychology about war with total and so, quite discomfiting accuracy, which is the most unsettling as well as interesting aspect of the book. PBX Officer X decides to write a leve of his experiences, and the book takes the shape of this diary. A Canticle for Leibowitz rsohwald generally considered one of the best…. After the totally destructive war, radiation spreads and wipes out life on the surface. This book might give you nightmares.


All references to government and politics are purposefully general in order to create a more universal message about the dehumanization of nuclear war. Dec 27, Samu rated it it was amazing Shelves: E forse anche per tutti coloro che pensano che “l’apocalisse” sia quella propinataci negli ultimi anni, l’avventuretta di improbabili ragazzini unici sopravvissuti di un imprecisato virus che ha ucciso tutti gli adulti.

I would think that since there is no reference to politics it would be more well known. What does he teach? You know, “If you got paid a trillion dollars if you just pressed a button – but that button destroys so many people The are given sterile names that coincide with their jobs and become very dehumanized. However, it is worthwhile as a quick reading experience. Want to Read saving….

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald – The Word Zombie

At last, the Loudspeaker orders the PBX officers to carry out their function: The lowest level, Level 7, houses the main character X who is a “button pusher”. Grim and horrifying depiction of life in an underground bunker, waiting to unleash the missiles that will destroy the outside world, then doing just that and lrvel the consequences. It should be interesting to see what sticks out now vs when I was 10 or The stripped-down, methodical reporting style has a cumulative effect; the last levell or so pages are just devastating in their simply-written bleakness.

The Paris Hilton inflection…. 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.

Review – “Level 7” by Mordecai Roshwald

This is going on my reading list. Level 7 functions because of its political neutrality, the simple story, and the many surreal moments — a delightful and terrifying nuclear fable. Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide.


Unfortunately, this book is not a shining example of the crazy diarist. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. It is left to the individual reader to determine if this indeed identifies a Western setting or merely reflects the author’s background. While I personally found On the Beach totally unimpressive and a drag, Alas, Babylon became one of my favorite novels.

Click on a plot link to find similar books! X is deployed to the 7 th level of a vast underground complex — the level responsible for the offensive capabilities of their nuclear arsenal Level 6 is defensive, Level 5 is living quarters for the elite and political classes, etc.

There are two more people like him who wait in shifts for the command to come. Once he does this simple, unremarkable act, his life in the bunker is, literally, without purpose, and he and the reader await the end of the war above.

May 11, Patrick Gibson rated it really liked it Shelves: X guesses that they must have all been chosen for their mission because they don’t like others, and are all somewhat antisocial.

rowhwald There are no names. Luckily, a helpful overhead voice breaks down the different levels of confinement from 7 on up and the people who’ll be stuck there, so he transcribes that to mind-numbing effect. No trivia or quizzes yet. Four thousand feet underground, Level 7 has been built to withstand the most devastating attack and to be self-sufficient for five hundred years.