The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian text widely considered to be the standard work on human sexual behavior in Sanskrit literature. It is over 1,700 years old, yet it remains a best seller to this day. Part of the reason, of course, is its incredible advice and creativity in the art of loving. But it is much more than that.
The book goes way beyond sexual advice in discussing how to achieve Dharma, the acquisition of religious merit; Artha, the acquisition of wealth and property; and, of course, Kama, or how to achieve pleasure and sensual gratification. In addition, the book is a fascinationg look at the customs and lifestyle of an ancient civilization.
This unabridged editon of the famous Sir Richard Francis Burton translation of The Kama Sutra includes only the most essential translator's notes and comments, so that the words and thoughts of Vatsyayana may be easily understood.
This is one of the world's great books and not just for it's sexual advice - which is fascinating - but for it's look at the mores and culture of an ancient civilization. Liked the reader, too. Heard other samples but they tried to give a romantic "syrupy" tone to the reading and it just doesn't fit. This book calls for a "matter of fact" rendition
and this reading does that very well. Five stars.
41 of 41 people found this review helpful
Wow! This was quite a listen! Sex positions and advice were incredible and insightful but a lot of the rest of the book is about ancient practices some of which which seem very strange today - even a bit absurd - like how to get your wife..or one of them..to help you seduce another woman!
I must say, though, that ancient time certainly did not have the puritanical attitude and guilt about sex many have today. They LOVED it and went after it full bore! Kind of refreshing. I agree with another reviewer that the narrator was just right for this kind of book.
38 of 39 people found this review helpful
not at all what I expected it was like listening to paint dry.....really.Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Zzzzz
1 of 29 people found this review helpful