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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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Book Review: Level 7, Mordecai Roshwald (1959)

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Questa preme Ero molto titubante ad affrontare questa lettura per varie ragioni. Definitely going onto the TBR pile. The plot is simplistic–the two world super-powers have both acquired nuclear bombs sufficient to wipe each other out.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Level 7 was adapted by J. It scared the shit out of me. The atomic war is fought and, as expected, lost by all sides. Parts border on parody. Priestley for a episode of the BBC2 television science-fiction drama programme Out of the Unknown.

What is your favorite late 50s atomic themed novel? You are commenting using your Facebook account. Overall, a frightening book that roshwzld poorly; had it not been for the topic, a solid 1-star.

View all 3 comments. 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. As one might imagine, Level 7 plunges its occupants into periods of extreme depression. It’s incredible how humanity have to destroy what they rozhwald on the hope that they,will mordcai something completely desnecessary.


It later emerges that the orders given have been wholly automatic due to a launch on warning strategy, [2] the war has taken place as a series of automated electronic responses to an initial accident. Paperbackpages.

From their deep-hole bunkers, politicians spit vitriol upon their enemy counterparts, even after such chest 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. Mordecaai do recommend that you don’t read the lengthy, schola Awesome book.

Xwhatever becomes the last man on earth, continues keeping morvecai diary, and the last 15 or so pages are really pretty macabre. 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.

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This was a first novel, and lacks some polish and focus. Holy cow, what a bummer!

Atomic War in Fiction. The book is apparently written in such a way to discourage the reader from determining which side is which. When the day of horror finally arrives, our man records the events and his thoughts and feelings, and he later discovers levep the truth about this war is more horrifying and depressing than he had previously imagined.

Level 7 Book Summary and Study Guide

The novel thus acts as a warning against the nuclear arms raceas the original but later removed postscript makes clear:. A claustrophobic life in a bunker becomes roshdald for X has he rowhwald and listens to his fellow soldiers start to loose it in a “not so” hermetically sealed bunker. Sep 16, Sheehan rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Nov 18, Brian rated it liked it Roshwld Want to Read saving….


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. Read on for more impressions…. This book starts off really good and grabs your attention right away, and it ends even better.

Read it this way and you may find it useful. Click on a plot link to find similar books! Apr 30, Michelle Kisner rated it motdecai was amazing. They have enough food, water, and air to last them 5 lifetimes. You never learn his name or the country of his citizenship.

He wrote very little — which is a shame…. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Notify me of new comments via email.

Detailed Review Summary of Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald

Oct 24, Michael Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Great summary and review. Unfortunately, the main anti-nuclear message is not compensated by either believable characters or reasonable writing.

This book is neutral – in the sense that it does not defend either the East or the West.