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The Inner Circle by T.C. Boyle
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Aug 18, 2010

it was ok

** spoiler alert ** I really like Boyle. I like his writing, but I hate the character of Prok. While I was reading it I would get so mad I would hurl the book away, then promptly pick it up because I wanted to know what happens next. In the book, Kinsey is a strong proponent of open sexuality and consensual sex, yet he manipulates people in to doing it. Iris believes he is blackmailing her into giving her 'history' and having sex with someone other than her husband to get her husband out of the army because he thinks it is for her own good. That is not free choice. Just because Kinsey believes that sex is 'an animal function divorced from emotion' doesn't mean he is allowed to force his opinion on other people or force people to stay married (for the sake of appearance) when they don't want to be. It also makes me mad that Milk is such a push over, and the one time he stands up for himself, he ends up apologising for it. This book made my blood boil. I still love Boyle, only he can make you hate a character so thoroughly yet respect his work.
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Desiree Totally agree with everything you said! I hurled the book when they interviewed the child molester and I really started to hate Prok at that part when he was willing to go TOO far for "reasearch."

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