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De Ingewijden

3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  3,760 ratings  ·  368 reviews
Een jonge student gaat werken voor de historische Alfred Kinsey, die als seksuoloog wereldberoemd wordt en zijn theorieë over seks ook in praktijk brengt.
Paperback, 387 pages
Published 2004 by Anthos (first published 2003)
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Dr Kinsey, or Prok as he was known to his overly familiar and very hands-on inner circle was the man who lifted the covers on sex and took a good long hard look, often with the occasional poke or touch also involved. Revered and reviled by post-war American society as both a genius and a deviant he revolutionised the way people think and talk about doing “it”. This was especially significant at a time when most people wouldn’t admit to doing it, never mind thinking about it or talking about it. ...more
This book made me think about my sexual side in ways I never dreamed of. Boyle understands his protagonist like a true master - when John Milk is anxious about a sexual situation, I am equally nervous. What I found exceptionally impressive about this book is how well Boyle writes the erotic. Despite the blatant opportunity for the events of the story to become gratuitous, the novel is not pornographic in any way. Everything involving sexual subjects - which is pretty much the whole novel - is ha ...more
Fiction. The memoirs of John Milk, assistant and friend to Dr. Alfred Kinsey as he develops the Institute for Sex Research. This is a fairly dry book, which is amazing considering the sheer amount of sex going on, but that's mostly the fault of Milk, our hedging, awkward narrator. Milk is just no fun, though he's got some crazy hero worship for Kinsey. Kinsey is a god to Milk, and to his other assistants, and it's creepy and fascinating and really makes me want to learn more about Kinsey and see ...more
This is NOT the book to read on Melbourne public transport! Believe me you don't want someone peering over your shoulder on the tram or train on this one! This is my first TC Boyle and it's a great read! Boyle combines fact and fiction with the story of Alfred Kinsey's "inner circle" from the point of view of (fictional) John Milk a good looking nerd who gets drawn deeper and deeper in Kinsey's experiments and views on life, marriage, sexuality, to the detriment of his own marriage. The scenes a ...more
Colin Mckenna
I found myself gliding through the pages, to Boyle's credit - and I am not a fast reader. He has a narrative gift that drew me along despite strongly disliking the two central characters, which almost made me give it a three star. I don't know anything about the real characters so I'll assume he was was stuck with these flawed people. The narrator, John, is such a doormat that even as I think of him stumbling through every - I mean, every - piece of dialogue, it make me want to change the rating ...more
I sort of hate to give this only three stars, but the rating hinges to some extent on whether or not you've seen the movie Kinsey, which I have and which covers much of the same ground. I'm not opposed to Boyle's leanings toward the historical novel. They've produced great results, as with Riven Rock, but that was a book that transcended its subject, becoming just as much about a genre of literature (social realism) as about its more obvious topic. The Inner Circle doesn't so much do that--or, i ...more
This is essentially the story of Professor Kinsey, the famous sex researcher, as told by a young man, who in the late 1930's takes Professor Kinsey's class in college, gets interviewed by him for his now famous sex study, and ends up working alongside Kinsey in his research of human sexuality. The inner circle consists of Prok (Professor Kinsey), his wife, Mac, and the young men who join him in his research, as well as their wives.
I really want to know how much of this book is based on fact. P
Feb 02, 2012 Judy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who are not "sex shy"

This is one sexy novel!! Be advised that you may feel aroused while reading it and chronically horny in between the hours spent reading. It is a fictional account of the years leading up to and immediately following the publication of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male by Dr Alfred Kinsey in 1948.

I don't think many people heard the term "open marriage" until the 1970s. In fact, American views on sexuality remained conservative, Puritan and repressive until the "sexual revolution" and "free love"
Though fictionalized, this is a true account of Alfred Kinsey and his team of researchers who interviewed people from all walks of life about their sexual practices for the, eventual, Kinsey Report. The narrator, a young college student, John Milk, was totally committed to Professor Kinsey, nicknamed Prok, and became indoctrinated into Prok's way of thinking, as was the rest of Prok's inner circle. If you have the option of reading this book on a kindle or tablet that allows you to access defini ...more
I love Boyle's books, usually, and was very disappointed in this one. I also love Kinsey's sex response research, such a thorough and devoted worker, but somehow what was learned got buried in the trivia of the narrative. I expected too much of Boyle perhaps, wanting him to show us the total Kinsey and the effects of his pioneering research. Although we get partial views (e.g. Kinsey as a homosexual, a maker of rugs, a man of many interests), Kinsey just didnt come alive, nor did I get a good fe ...more
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Janine Flood
If you have already seen the film KINSEY, don't bother with this novel, because that's what it is, a novel, told by a fictional narrator who is not worth the imagining of. His name is John Milk and he is a research assistant on the Kinsey project, whose scientific objectivity is constantly at odds with his emotions. This grew tiresome very quickly, as did every character in the book (Kinsey included), with the exception of one character, John's wife, Iris. How I wish Boyle had alternated the nar ...more
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Dirk Baranek
Zweitbester Boyle-Roman. Einfach eine der irrsten Geschichten der Moderne: der Biologe, der sich fragt, warum die Wissenschaft alles über das Paarungsverhalten von Fruchtfliegen weiß, aber nichts über das des Menschen. Und der dann einfach anfängt, die Menschen wertfrei zu befragen, massenhaft. Jede Spielart, Absurdität und Vergnügen wird dokumentiert. Und da der Professor auch privat recht experimentierfreudig ist, nimmt die Tragödie ihren Lauf: der Aufschlag auf den Boden der prüden Wirklichke ...more
The Inner Circle by T. C.

T. C. Boyle writes social historical fiction often focusing on a charismatic type person (Dr. Kellogg in the Road to Wellville and Dr. Kinsey in The Inner Circle). Boyle also like to detail the collision of lifestyles (California hippies trying to survive an Alaska winter in Drop City or a yuppie couple and an illegal immigrant couple living wildly different lives in the same neighborhood, The Tortilla Curtain). In The Inner Circle Boyle imagines the collision of Kinsey’
Lisabet Sarai
T.C. Boyle is such a master of his craft. I flew through this novel, marveling at the vivid descriptions and subtle observations while shaking my head at the blind selfishness of its characters. I didn't much like anyone in the book, but I devoured it anyway, feeling a bit guilty about how much I was enjoying myself. Yes, I was being manipulated by the author - but I loved every minute.

Like Boyle's later and more ambitious novel The Women, The Inner Circle focuses on an egocentric genius, a man
Chloe Stahl
Good book about infamous sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, as told through his fictional first ever assistant, John Milk. It begins with John as a student in Kinsey's popular sex course at the University of Indiana at a time when sex was not discussed openly. Students are dying to take the class each year but certain members of the administration and others in the community and beyond do not approve that the course is being taught. In the book, Kinsey encourages everyone to be as open about sex as t ...more
Paula Mathieu
I am a fan of TC Boyle's way of mixing strange realities (like the Kellogg health movement) with fiction, in order to bring life to some of the more odd aspects of said reality. As such, I love that he chose Alfred "Prok" Kinsey, father of sex research, and focused on his inner circle of male researchers trying to turn an interest in sexuality into a respected academic discipline. And while I found the book readable and engaging--the image of Kinsey that arises in the pages is fascinating, to sa ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Christine rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: T.C. Boyle fans
I loved this novel about Kinsey and his hardworking team. It's written from the perspective of Kinsey's first worker bee, the young, innocent John Milk. Besides all the shocking doings of Kinsey's inner circle, the book includes John's love story, which makes it intimate and poignant, and ultimately unforgettable. I love T.C. Boyle's writing, and this one surely doesn't disappoint!
T.C. Boyle is a masterful story teller. He puts us right in the mindset of the times (late 1930's) when Dr. Kinsey began his very scientific research into the sex lives of the human animal (as he calls us). I was fascinated about how puritanical the times were in regard to sex. As the novel went on I began to seriously dislike how Dr. Kinsey manipulated his staff and their wives to be part of group sex, changing partners, whether or not they were interested. Dr. Kinsey's important research morph ...more
James Curtin
started this when it was first released but never finished it. did get to see him do a reading at smu in dallas. started it again and finished it at ccp in fall of 2011.
A tricky historical novel based on the life and career of Alfred Kinsey and his associates. The real Kinsey ("Prok") and his wife Clara ("Mac") are very much on the scene, but Boyle has fictionalized everyone else. The narrator, named John Milk (to suggest Harvey Milk?) may be based in part on Wardell Pomeroy, who was Kinsey's first associate researcher at Indiana University. The central figure, the only foil to the outrageous Prok, is Milk's wife Iris (to suggest Kinsey's favorite flower? Why d ...more
Tortilla Curtain? Phenomenal. Riven Rock? Fascinating. Drop City? Couldn't put it down. The Inner Circle? Talk about disappointed. It was boring. The protagonist was pathetic, the narrative was dull, there was none of that steady but inevitable build of tension, pulling me along like a trail of candy to the ultimate glory of a gingerbread house, that drew me to Boyle's work to begin with. The whole thing fell flat. More than once I wanted to pull John Milk out of the book and slap him because hi ...more
Such an Excellent Writer

I hadn't read a book by Boyle for years( the last one I read was East by East) but I always thought that his Road to Wellville was one of the most entertaining books I have ever read. So I thought I would revisit Boyle. I'm glad I did. I had forgotten what a pleasure it was to just read his writing. Clear, beautiful, moving ,sexy , and funny are just some of the words I'd use to describe the way he writes. In this book I found the subject fascinating and while I don't kno
Tjibbe Wubbels
This is a book in which actually surprisingly little happens, but it is still thought-provoking long after you've turned the last page.

John Milk is part of the inner circle of a group of scholars researching the sexual behavior of the human animal. The group is headed by professor Kinsey, or Prok for short. Prok does most of the thinking for the inner circle. John Milk never thinks for himself. He is only too happy to let Prok do the thinking for him. The same is true for Iris, his wife. Prok ma
TC Boyle is one of my favorite authors, but I have to say…this was not my favorite of his books. The topic was interesting, based on the true story of the Dr. Kinsey, the famous sex researcher, and his team. The writing was sharp and precise, fitting the voice of the narrator. But somehow, the book was…flat.

The Inner Circle is told from the point of view of John Milk, a low-level researcher on Kinsey’s team at the University of Indiana. He tells the tale of how the ground breaking research was
Nancy (NE)
I have very mixed feelings about this book. It is a fascinating story. I am more troubled by fictional accounts and interpretations of a real person's life than the actual content. It bothers me to have such personal material written about a real person and then wonder as to its authenticity, if any. If indeed this was close to Kinsey's life, then it isn't any wonder there was such controversy over his work. His research did much for our understanding of human sexuality. The level of objectivity ...more
Ian Mapp
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I listened to this one on tape, my first Boyle ingested in such a way. I'm glad I did. Often this makes or breaks the read, the narrator is tricky with an accent or self-indulgent, or s/he is compelling, as in this case, and the story comes even more alive. Michael Kramer, the Maryland based audio book narrator, with his brassy tenor, dry and somehow sweet at the same time, rounds out the humor and desolation in Boyle's own voice and makes this "read" a pure, un-obfuscated joy.

The story and cha
Sondra Wolferman
Feb 28, 2012 Sondra Wolferman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sondra by: Found in library
If I were to base my review on the quality of the writing alone, I would give this book five stars. But I hate to see good writing---and this is some of the best writing I've ever seen---wasted on a subject that is not worthy of the author's talent. The Inner Circle is a fictional account of the career of the famous 'sexologist' of the 1950's, Professor Albert Kinsey, or 'Prok' as he was known to his associates. The 'Inner Circle' refers to Prok's group of researchers who travel around the count ...more
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T. Coraghessan Boyle (also known as T.C. Boyle, born Thomas John Boyle on December 2, 1948) is a U.S. novelist and short story writer. Since the late 1970s, he has published eleven novels and more than 60 short stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988 for his third novel, World's End, which recounts 300 years in upstate New York. He is married with three children. Boyle has been a Distinguis ...more
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