Kamasutra (Oxford World's Classics)

The Kamasutra is the oldest extant textbook of erotic love. But it is more than a book about sex. It is about the art of living--about finding a partner, maintaining power in a marriage, committing adultery, living as or with a courtesan, using drugs--and also, of course, about the many and varied positions available to lovers in sexual intercourse and the pleasures to be derived from each.
The Kamasutra was composed in Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient India, sometime in the third century, probably in North India. It combines an encyclopedic coverage of all imaginable aspects of sex with a closely observed sexual psychology and a dramatic, novelistic narrative of seduction, consummation, and disentanglement. Best known in English through the highly mannered, padded, and inaccurate nineteenth-century translation by Sir Richard Burton, the text is newly translated here into clear, vivid, sexually frank English. This edition also includes a section of vivid Indian color illustrations along with three uniquely important commentaries: translated excerpts from the earliest and most famous Sanskrit commentary (thirteenth century) and from a twentieth-century Hindi commentary, and explanatory notes by the two translators.
The lively and entertaining introduction by translator Wendy Doniger, one of the world's foremost Sanskrit scholars, discusses the history of The Kamasutra and its reception in India and Europe, analyses its attitudes toward gender and sexual violence, and sets it in the context of ancient Indian social theory, scientific method, and sexual ethics.
"[This] new translation is fascinating, thought-provoking and occasionally even amusing."--Salon.com

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By Cindy (Pasadena, CA) · ★★★☆☆ · October 26, 2011
"Get a bigger flute!" "Increase ur Size! 6" "Don’t walk with tail between your legs." "V|agr.a, C|a.li5, and Phen.term.|ne CHeep!!"

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By James (Yeovil, M3, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★★ · April 15, 2012
before biff and chip, before the alphabet books, this is the first book i ever read. i remember well being read this book as i nodded off to sleep, and the pleasant dreams that would follow. as a
four year old this book meant a lot to me, it completely shaped my views on literature and what a book... ...more
By Nathan (Lansing, MI) · ★★★★☆ · January 05, 2012
Arguably the hottest non-fiction book I've ever read - the translator has done a fantastic job of not only providing a translation of the original text, but also including translations of the commentaries by ancient Hindu authorities.

The book is less pornographic than you would think - I have see... ...more
By Allen (New Orleans, LA) · ★★★★★ · July 03, 2010
Coming from a strong background in philosophy and the Classics, I found this book to be an invigorating read.

In general, nobody has any idea what Kama Sutra means, what the books is or what the author intended it to be. Simply put, dispel yourself of any preconceived notions before you read even... ...more
By Erik (Chicago, IL) · ★★☆☆☆ · May 28, 2012
Like most children, my brother and I knew where everything was in our house, paying particular attention to the things we weren't supposed to know about. This book was contained in a shoebox in the closet of my parent's bedroom.

The Kama Sutra is commonly mismarketed as a sex guide or as pornograp... ...more
By Scarlett (Chicago, IL) · ★★★★☆ · January 14, 2008
admittedly i did not read cover to cover, but i read enough to get a good sense. i was surprised to discover that much of it read like emily post's book of etiquette but for subjects such as kissing, scratching and biting (as in love play), how to behave toward the first wife if you are the secon... ...more
By Theresia monica (Surabaya, 30, Indonesia) · ★★★★☆ · February 15, 2011
not just sex n make love, guyzz!!.. ...more
By Cory (Greeley, CO) · ★★★☆☆ · February 28, 2008
I read the complete original text and I found it interesting in the fact that the content wasn't what I thought it would be. Most of the reading is outdated in the sense that it was written for the culture of that time. For example, I skipped the chapters about how to acquire a wife and what shou... ...more
By Johanna (Fagersta, Sweden) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 09, 2012
The Kama Sutra handles subjects of marriage, hetero- and homosexuality, monogami and polygami alike, how to steal a woman from another man – as well as the life of courtesans, and last mot not least, how to attract a woman by extra ”medicines”.

It handles things quite ”scientifically” and is in no... ...more
By Emy (Morocco) · ★★☆☆☆ · November 18, 2013
بصراحة لا اجد اي تعليق مناسب للكتاب.. حاولت قرائته فقط لانه كتاب قديم يعود لاكثر من 2000 سنة يحمل الحياة الاجتماعية للهنود وطريقة عيشهم لكن خاب ظني عند قرائته اعتبره من اسوء الكتب التي اضعت وقتي فيها.. الكتاب غير اخلاقي بالمرة ومستفز في اغلب فصوله.. فيه باب كامل لاساليب احتيال النديمات على الرجال... ...more