I wonder if T C Boyle had any misgivings concerning his decision to narrate 'first person' through the fictictious John Milk. I wish he had these doubts in the first chapter and then reconfigured the novel as it would have worked better for me if he had used the third person narrative as he did in "The Tortilla Curtain". John Milk's first person narration really grates due to his weak voice and the events around his marriage were depressingly repetitive and just uninteresting reading.
John Milk is obsessed about his work and the fact finding collection of sexual detail which impacts on his relationship with his wife, Iris. Boyle's use of the Zombie Cocktail at the end of the novel, especially if based on fact, is a serious endictment on Kinsey's character, and could be argued as an early example of attempted Date Rape. Kinsey came across as a control freak and possibly a borderline personality.
The basic plot is fascinating concerning the collection of facts for the Kinsey Report which is arguably the most pivotal sexual analysis of the 20th Century. I believe that this report was instrumental in breaking down the barriers promoted by Christian, Jewish and Muslim suppression of sexual freedom which they have fastidiously enforced for obvious self-purporting reasons.
Potentially, this novel could have been much better but sadly is limited by the extensive Milk element to the plot.
Footnote. Bizarrely, this novel was characterised as Gay by the Charing Cross Library. One wonders if they think if a book is about sex then it has to be gay!!