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The Seven Minutes
Irving Wallace
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The Seven Minutes

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  1,134 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
In the stillness of the courtroom a bookseller stands accused of selling a book. Is it a work of sensitive genius or an execrable volume of pornography? Could it have driven a respectable college boy to commit brutal rape? And who is the author of the novel at the vortex of a storm of sensation and controversy?

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Published August 1st 1970 by Pocket (first published 1969)
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Asghar Abbas
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

So unassuming at first glance, but this book was so much more, a hidden gem. I have such respect and admiration for this book. I have deep, deep affection for its inner workings and mechanism, what it tried to do, what it stood for.

It won me over delighting me as it took me through twists and turns exhibited in it. I found myself cheering for the champions, all of them, the book surprising me at every turn, and then surprised me even more. The final act, all of it, felt so satisfying. Like writ
☼♄Jülie 
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I read this book way back in 1980 and it took me ages as it was quite a tome.
It was one of those books that everyone was reading and talking about because it was very controversial at the time, due to its subject matter and descriptions of same.
After reading it I thought the hype was a all bit of a beat up and found that what I really enjoyed most about the book was the way the drama was all played out in court.
Dec 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I reckon this novel should be read by everybody especially politician as well as conservative people. The novel vividly described hidden activation of censors and anti-censors and moral dilemma we are facing today. I was shocked to find that Gibbon`s Decline and Fall of Roman Empire and Mill`s Principles of Political Economy were listed in the Index of Prohibited Books because they are anticlerical. I learned one thing from the novel that moral standards are changing. ...more
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another extraordinary novel from the 80's (I must be longing for my college days!) dealing with free speech, what it is in all its iterations, how it's interpreted, and how it affects us all. I plan on reading it again very soon. I suggest you check it out, too!
Nov 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read this the first time in grad school and couldn't put it down - no so much this time!! Still a good story with a twist ending - I guess our taste in books changes over time.
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's nice to see the enthusiasm for this book and its author. I read and enjoyed this in 1972 or 1973, at a time when my reading taste was very commercial and rather indiscriminate, often consisting of healthy doses of the fast-paced, glossy fiction that authors such as Irving Wallace, Harold Robbins and Arthur Hailey produced regularly - I was in my mid-teens and such reading material seemed very grown-up (and to be fair to myself, I was also reading more serious authors such as Ayn Rand).

Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this a number of years ago. I liked it, as I did this author's "Fan Club" and a couple of others. But alas, college life intruded, and I set Wallace aside for good.
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Mildly interesting potboiler. The worst part of this book is that the characters speak in soliloquies filled with literary or legal quotations. Seriously, all the characters, all the time. Nobody talks like that.
Craig Masten
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a big fan of lawyer novels, but as an artist I've had many discussions about what obscenity in art means. The Seven Minutes by Irving Wallace, is a fictional account of a trial about blocking publication of an erotic book, which speaks to this issue in an informative and also entertaining fashion.
Good fiction writers often can do this better than non-fiction for a layperson (pardon the pun). Wallace is obviously talented in writing best sellers, but with this one somehow manages to make
Jul 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Extenso, mas deveras interessante.
Um abre-olhos, graças a um caso levado a tribunal, sobre um livro, Sete Minutos, que é considerado demasiado obsceno e pornográfico para a população dos anos 50. A história do livro não é muito trabalhada durante a história, mas sim a liberdade de expressão, de imprensa e de outros assuntos que são utilizados como argumentos, da parte de cada um dos advogados - defesa e o promotor - nomeadamente, a 'pessoa média', obtida através de dados estatísticos e da frieza
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Irving Wallace was an American bestselling author and screenwriter. His extensively researched books included such page-turners as The Chapman Report (1960), about human sexuality; The Prize (1962), a fictional behind-the-scenes account of the Nobel Prizes; The Man, about a black man becoming president of the U.S. in the 1960s; and The Word (1972), about the discovery of a new gospel.

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