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Kamasutra (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – June 26, 2003

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"A radically different view of the famous sex manual."--The New York Times


"A fresh translation of the Kamasutra, gloriously rendered by Wendy Doniger and Sudhir Kakar. Put Doniger, one of the University of Chicago's top historians of religion, and Kakar, India's leading psychoanalyst of sex, together and you've got the kind of moxie and revisionist energy that lead some to try 'splitting the bamboo.' In a highly entertaining and learned 57-page introduction packed with crisp insights and droll asides, they put the Kamasutra in historical context, outline its numerological conceits, and clarify its gender ambiguities. Thanks to two nervy scholars, we now have a Kamasutra in which everyone's on top."--Philadelphia Inquirer


"A new look at the ancient Indian textbook of erotic love has fleshed out--and in some cases corrected--the original translation from Sanskrit into English, done in 1883 by explorer and writer Sir Richard Burton."--Chicago Tribune


"The Kamasutra is one of those rare publishing gems, an ancient Hindu treatise on sex and romance that has engaged generations of serious scholars as well as lesser minds like Homer Simpson. Far from being an ancient dime-store manual, the Kamasutra comes off as a potent social commentary. Nonetheless, it is also a terribly sexy book."--Religion News Service


"If you're a serious student of sex, or of India, or if you and your honey want to read each other a different kind of pillow book, the new translation is fascinating, thought-provoking and occasionally even amusing."--Michael Castleman, salon.com


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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (June 26, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192839829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192839824
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,627,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
this book is excellent. most think the kamasutra is a sex manual. o.k., so it can be used as one - but if taken at face value, could create some pulled muscles and ligamentus issues...
this translation of the kamasutra has more "meat" to it than the burton translation a 100 years ago. also..it is more accurate.
furthermore, it is easy to understand. this book is about how to live life and how to approach human relations in a rational way. sometimes that is sex. sometimes it is marriage. sometimes it is just group interactions.
if you apply to proper context to this book (whatever is important to you, basically), the book is a great way to introspect and understand your own life using a 400 AD context.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2012
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I am happy with the book. However, my husband's interest in the book completely deflated when he saw that it did not contain any illustrations. I guess I will need to read it and draw him pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bwroop on April 29, 2015
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A scholarly presentation of an indian classic by a scholar who is at least as interested in demonstrating the breadth of her vocabulary as she is in communicating something of of substance to the reader. I have a PhD in one of the humanities and got a bit tired of dragging my dictionary around in order to translate phrases that could have been easily and effectively put into plain English.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By danielle riggens on December 9, 2012
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I bought the book for an Anthropology course. Usually I would donate it to the school library but this book I am keeping. I love the diversity of Humankind.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Sawi on March 17, 2013
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Paperback, handy, and light weight. The price was cheap. The translation was very good, yet some parts were not clear to me. It's worth reading the book, and read it again - for further understanding.

The book is not the one translated by Sir Richard Francis Burton, but of Wendy Doniger and Sudhir Kakar. What made me bought this book is that, it allows me to read the contents of this Hindu text with no pictures - yes, no illustrations, only the treatise and commentaries, as this is my primary requirement before.

The treatise has a very good flow of sentences. It is justifiable that this book is not a pornographic work, but a very good literature, a classic to be read - ars erotica and scientia sexualis.

Nothing good happens to a man who does nothing. - Vatsyayana
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By colormeviolet on May 29, 2015
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This is such a great book. The Kama Sutra was never meant to be pornographic in nature but sort of like a reference guide on how to conduct oneself in life. This is a great rendition of Vatsyayana's version of the Kama Sutra. There are very little to almost none of images, but the descriptions are worth enough to remedy that.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MedievaL on April 4, 2014
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word of advice. I wouldn't recommend this to my worse enemy.this book is nothing to do with the true tradition of what kamasutra truly is yet another mockery of hindu religion.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Lolly on March 14, 2012
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I had ordered this book as a valentines gift. I was disappointed when I realized I had missed the "miniature" part of the description. This book is no bigger than the palm of your hand.
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