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The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana: The Classic Burton Translation (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – July 21, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0486452371 ISBN-10: 0486452379

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486452379
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486452371
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[The Kama Sutra is] tender, sage, and domestic.” —Fawn M. Brodie --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Language Notes

Text: English (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

My version had no illustrations.
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Crack the whip, make him read this book and get moving the way you want to again.
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Exquisite and replete with virtues of every imaginable nature.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David M. Taylor on October 29, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Great read with a very interesting history behind it all.Should deff get this for 5 bucks you can't beat that.Lots of detailed illustrations and explanations make it worth the while.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Raimo on June 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
As an earlier review failed to note, this is the translation of Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-90). A noted Victorian literary figure, Burton produced a number of translations for middle eastern works with a very specific sense of them AS literature. This means a fine sense of freedom (i.e. the opposite of a 'literal' or scolarly tradition) among other things, as well as various hesitations in what could and could not be published at the time. At his best, Burton ignored these conventions rather shamelessly; this counts for a great deal of the fun in reading the book or any of his other works.

Customers complaining about the quality of the translation, the "thrift edition" format favored by Dover Books - really a wonderful institution precisely for making such quality texts available at such low cost - or the lack of illustrations shouldn't blame research so much as simply read the title of the edition offered here. Readers (or perhaps 'customers' works better) seeking a nicer edition of the Burton text in particular should look towards The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana (Modern Library Classics). Otherwise, there is the Illustrated Kama Sutra of the Burton text as well as scholarly, if still friendly editions like the Kamasutra (Oxford World's Classics). As an insightful customer noted in an earlier comment, the original text was not illustrated; the introduction to Oxford World Classic edition discusses this at length. But for $3.50, this makes for a wonderful starting point nevertheless.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Heather G on October 26, 2011
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This book is a really great read if you're looking for something new to do with your partner, or maybe even your self. ;) I give this book 5 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Krystal on February 13, 2014
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Not at all what I expected. When I ordered it the description said it was fully illustrated. However, it is simply a book with a lot of writing. Paragraphs and paragraphs and paragraphs. Half the book is dedicated to how to find a wife and how to be a wife. It is not at ALL what I wanted. I suppose I should have paid more attention when I ordered, however their product description could at least be more specific. I wouldnt order this book if you are looking for new sexual positions, illustrations, or any way of spicing up the love life. This book will simply lull you and your lover to sleep.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By J Eihganrac on May 26, 2011
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This version lacks any sort of diagrams or art. The text is complete but without the usual art it is not at all satisfactory.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marshall on October 25, 2011
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this book was really good and made my experiences very worth while to my mate. she thoroughly enjoys everything I do now.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alan Smithy on October 28, 2011
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My girlfriend and I are very sexual people and are always looking for new ways to spice up the romance. We purchased the Kama Sutra and ever since the sex is better than ever, I have never helped her achieve climax so often. I definitely recommend it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Leary on May 4, 2009
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The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana by Vatsyayana. Published by MobileReference (mobi).

It was the film "Kama Sutra" that led me to this classic. The idea of someone documenting various forms of making love was intriguing and I started exploring further on the original work. The book was incredible. It was so informative I had no idea how much I would learn from just one book. I think that anyone who reads this book will definitly become a better lover, on one level or another.
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