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»Hör mal, ich wollte dich fragen, ob du dich vielleicht mit mir verloben möchtest... Du weißt schon, für diesen Kurs.«

Es ist das Jahr 1939, als Dr. Alfred Kinsey an der Universität
Indiana mit seinen spektakulären empirischen Studien über
das Sexualverhalten von Männern und Frauen eine RevoluÉ
tion auslöst. John Milk, ein junger, ehrgeiziger, aber in sexuÉ
ellen Dingen völlig
...more
Paperback, 539 pages
Published 2007 by Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag (first published 2003)
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Shovelmonkey1
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
Jmoscari
May 27, 2008 Jmoscari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Punk
Aug 20, 2007 Punk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
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
Lise
Feb 03, 2013 Lise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 03, 2011 Colin Mckenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Hillary
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
Nitya
Jul 16, 2008 Nitya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Judy
Feb 02, 2012 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  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"
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Teddy
Jun 16, 2014 Teddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-reads
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
Tim
Feb 04, 2016 Tim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a bore! Kinsey and sex, a bore? In spades! Boyle takes some facts of Kinsey’s research and life (how much is impossible to say just from reading this book) and heaps upon it mounds of blather about the growing sexual perversities of Kinsey’s research team (the inner circle) and their wives. Perhaps he intended some sort of metaphorical or allegorical story, but if so, it missed me. The only explicit sex occurs in the context of their field work, and it is clinically described, sometimes in ...more
Jeannette
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
Sam Quixote
Jul 05, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The work of Alfred Kinsey is explored through a fictitious narrator, John Milk, who is there for the first lecture Kinsey gives on sex and soon after becomes involved in the sex research that will form Kinsey's legacy and change the world. But life in the inner circle is far different from the life presented to the media...

T.C. Boyle's novel is an excellent look into one of the 20th century's most interesting and important thinkers/scientists, someone who brought sex from the shadows and shame a
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May
Aug 18, 2010 May rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Anna
Feb 17, 2008 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dirk Baranek
Jul 14, 2012 Dirk Baranek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: us-literatur
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
Randy
Feb 17, 2014 Randy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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’
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Julie Barrett
I started off enjoying the book but the more I read, the less I liked it, until I finally reached the most unsatisfactory ending and put the book down in annoyance. I figured out pretty quickly that the narrator, John Milk, was an unreliable narrator - shades of Humbert Humbert in Lolita and the sheriff in The Killer Inside Me. Not that this book or the character Milk are nearly as interesting as the two other books I just named. Milk's passivity grated on me more & more as the story went on ...more
Lisabet Sarai
Feb 05, 2015 Lisabet Sarai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Chloe Stahl
Sep 29, 2014 Chloe Stahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine
Jul 17, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Elise
Oct 28, 2015 Elise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
T.C. Boyle, you are incredible. In The Inner Circle he brings historical fiction to the life of Alfred Kinsey (Prok). Kinsey is a famed sex researcher -- whom I had never heard of. Boyle always does an amazing job at capturing the 'psychology' of human life, in other words, he puts you inside someones heads and makes their thoughts flow as if you were one of the characters. There seems to always been an inner struggle in at least on character in Boyle's books. In this one, John Milk is the prota ...more
Rachel
May 09, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 26, 2011 James Curtin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joe
Jan 11, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Tousignant-fallon
I would give this a 3 1/2 star. There are lots of twists and surprising turns in this book. The story kept you reading but there were some unrealistic parts and some disturbing. I would say when I read a little of what the book was about my expectations were different than the outcome. This story takes place during the war when many men are out fighting and these "SCIENTISTS" are starting up a programme called "the marriage course" which turns out to be sex research. The main character Prok and ...more
Tiffany
Jun 27, 2014 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Andrew
Apr 02, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tjibbe Wubbels
Aug 10, 2014 Tjibbe Wubbels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english
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
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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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