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The Inner Circle by T.C. Boyle
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May 27, 08


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 handled with such supreme finesse. And it's not even that Boyle avoids or waters down the sexual content - the sex is plentiful and explicit. Rather, Boyle does exactly what he should do - just as though it were any other type of novel, the events in the story are significant for specific reasons and propel the story forward. This does two things. First, it makes the novel a page-turner. But, more significantly, it forces the reader to consider the emotional implications, good and bad, of the sexual realm. An awesome read.
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Judy Yes, the sex writing is so well done. Writers should take note. I forgot to point that out in my review and I am glad you did.


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