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Jun 30, 2011"Get a bigger flute!" "Increase ur Size! 6" "Dont walk with tail between your legs." "V|agr.a, C|a.li5, and Phen.term.|ne CHeep!!"
Apr 15, 2012before 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
Jun 18, 2010Coming from a strong background in philosophy and the Classics, I found this book to be an invigorating read.
Jan 05, 2012Arguably 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.
Sep 21, 20193.75 stars
Jul 18, 2008Like 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.
Oct 12, 2007admittedly 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 second wife, personal adornment, and lying with courtesans.
Jun 16, 2011I've always wondered about this book after I heard about it in my history class in 8th grade. When I was downloading things on ibook I saw this and I felt myself enough of an adult to finally read it without being embarrassed.
Mar 05, 2016I picked up this edition today at the Art Institute of Chicago and it isnt The Kama Sutra, but simply a collection of paintings with some random blocks of textswhich I didnt enjoy reading. I picked up this edition today at the Art Institute of Chicago and it isn’t ‘The Kama Sutra,’ but simply a collection of paintings with some random blocks of texts—which I didn’t enjoy reading. ...more
Aug 15, 2009This is a funny book! Since the book was written in the ancient India, many of the non-sexual instructions like courtship, concubines, courtesan, prostitutes, are just passe and ridiculous!
Oct 21, 2018Found this again the other day in an old stack of books I needed to box up for storage. I ended up reading this again and lending it to a friend, as all good books should end up (if you have friends that return books).
Apr 15, 2019A seemingly antiquated theory of finding love, giving it, and keeping it. As stated prior. I do wish to respect all religions, especially those of the Hindu dharma. Although there are some good points in here, most is thorny, demeaning to women, and misleading to men. It's not very poignant in it's explainations or tied to any real truth. It bothers me.
Apr 05, 2012The 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.
Jan 12, 2012The Kama Sutra by Vatsyayana is a great book that gives a detailed description on several aspects on sex, love and marriage in Sanskriti culture. There's a lot of cultural information in this collection of tales and advice that is really interesting and rather surprising. These examples are made using the highest ideal/potential one can work towards. It's not the general standard that was actually lived by but the standards a person was meant to aim for.
Mar 29, 2012Come on who hasn't at some point in their life picked this up and flicked through it. Turned it upside down, trying to figure out just what is going on. Honestly if you need a guide for this stuff you're not thinking hard enough.
Jan 22, 2013It undoubtedly would've been helpful for me personally had I read this classic work as a younger man, rather than as one now approaching his 80's! Unfortunately, most Americans, hearing the name Kama Sutra, immediately think "sex manual". Here's how the 3rd cent. Indian author, Mallanaga Vatsyayanna, in the Epilogue sums it up:
Mar 24, 2012Great book on society and culture and sex...in that order. Not even 100 pages are explicitly dedicated to intercourse. More of the book is talking about what is acceptable in various cultures at that time.
May 09, 2012The Kama Sutra is a very interesting book, and gives a very interesting view on ancient Indian Culture. However, I can not see it as this "Ultimate sex guide" people seem to give it credit for. the Majority of the book is about how to interact with people in ancient Hindu society, and of course it's Sexual advice is truly dated. Read it if you want to read a truly classic piece of literature and gain a higher understanding of how Ancient Hindu and Indian Culture works. However, if you are going The Kama Sutra is a very interesting book, and gives a very interesting view on ancient Indian Culture. However, I can not see it as this "Ultimate sex guide" people seem to give it credit for. the Majority of the book is about how to interact with people in ancient Hindu society, and of course it's Sexual advice is truly dated. Read it if you want to read a truly classic piece of literature and gain a higher understanding of how Ancient Hindu and Indian Culture works. However, if you are going to read it thinking you are going to find some crazy erotic imagery then you will be very disappointed. ...more
Feb 28, 2008I 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 should be included in a dowry. I learned more about Chinese history and culture than anything else.
Feb 08, 2012Everyone knows what The Kama Sutra is about. Right? Well, for those of you laughing at me or looking at me askance, maybe you don't know quite so much as you think you do. Yes, it is about sex, but, more than that, it is a study of pleasure, of courtship. Only one chapter focuses on sexual positions, although the other chapters do include other sexual acts.
May 08, 2013To be honest I feel a little ridiculous rating a book which belongs to an era and culture so removed from my own. I don't feel that any person born in the west in the twenty first century can truly grasp much of the Kama Sutra beyond its basic meaning, and we certainly cannot fathom its cultural significance in its own day and age.
Feb 16, 2011You wont find any picture there ;) Book describes social norms, custom behaviors related to sexual life, relationships between men and women. For us, living in Europe, in modern times, its rather a source of knowledge of different culture, or a comic book, not guidebook telling us how to live. Im not a big fan of kidnapping women that dont want to have a sexual relationship with a man or of a thought that my spouse will have few other wives and even more courtesans. In a very detailed way author You won’t find any picture there ;) Book describes social norms, custom behaviors related to sexual life, relationships between men and women. For us, living in Europe, in modern times, it’s rather a source of knowledge of different culture, or a comic book, not guidebook telling us how to live. I’m not a big fan of kidnapping women that don’t want to have a sexual relationship with a man or of a thought that my spouse will have few other wives and even more courtesans. In a very detailed way author describes kinds of kisses and intercourses (but as I said, no pictures), 64 arts that woman should know to please a man (eg.: how to teach a parrot to talk, how to play on glasses filled in with water, she should also know everything about cocks fights, tattooing, body piercing, gardening, making bouquets, not to mention such common things like singing and dancing to name only a few), how to gain a wife and how to treat other wives of a husband if you are one of many wives, rules during quarrel of lovers including what exactly should be said, where to look, how to move a head (eg. when a man wants to make his woman to explain why she is upset he needs to embrace her with his left (!) arm and starts a conversation that way and she should pretend that she wants to leave the room still being angry - a man should try to convince her to stay...), how to treat a courtesan and lot of other things that from my point of view are just funny. Anyhow, as it’s one of the most famous books of the world I think it’s worth to read it even if probably we won’t use any of author’s advices. ...more
Jan 30, 2012The translation is absolutely flawless. Not only does it provide the original Sutras, but the reader is also provided with descriptions and advice from other parties. It's not just a book to give to your friend at her bachelorette party. It's a fabulous and educational read.
Feb 24, 2012I can't believe it took me so long to remember this one. Didn't everyone in the 50's & 60's read this? I mainly remember the part about how to enlarge the ole lingum. No idea what edition I had and the date read is a guess.
May 06, 2014Quite interesting and seemingly more authentic than Danielou's translation. However, due to the inevitability of mistranslations, Sanskrit enthusiasts like me would love to see the original.
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