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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (26 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199539162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199539161
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This translation will change peoples' understanding of this book and of ancient India. Previous translations are hopelessly outdated, inadequate and misguided.' (David Shulman, Prof. of Indian Studies and Comparative Religion at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, quoted in NY Times 4 May 2002)

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Wendy Doniger has written a prize-winning on sexual deception, The Bedtrick (2000, Univ. of Chicago Press), and translated the Rig Veda and The Laws of Manu for Penguin.

Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst whose most recent books are The Ascetic of Desire (1999), a fictionalized account of the life of Vatsyayana, and the novel Ecstasy (2001).

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WE bow to religion, power, and pleasure, because they are the subject of this text, and to the scholars who made known the mutual agreement among the three, because those subjects are 1 Those who talk about pleasure say that pleasure is the most important of the three aims of human life, because it is both the cause and the result of the other two, religion and power. Read the first page
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Weir on 12 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Firstly the book is very nicely presented, with full colour illustrations from the original Karma Sutra. Once one starts reading the book it becomes clear that despite being almost 800 years old the relationships that the book describes are the same today. If you are looking for a sex guide then this version of the Karma Sutra isn't for you, however if you're looking to read a classic of World Literature AND learn something, including sexual techniques then this is a good choice. The one obvious drawback is that at times the language is difficult, but this reflects a true translation of a 13th century text. A worthwhile and fascinating text!
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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Mar. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I've browsed through a previous version of the Kamasutra and thought of it as a "sex" book.
Now I just had the chance to read this new version which a friend of mine passed me (in my country it will be published soon). I've been quite impressed: it seems more a handbook of life than a book just about sex. After all, who thinks that something about sex is still to be said in the age of image and hedonism and ... well ... pornography?
This book will still say something to the western world, something about living and having fun and enjoying life. It teaches how to conduct a balanced life, how to find (and recognise) a good partner and, of course, how to have a satisfactory sexual life; and all this comes centuries before Freud!
Expecially women will find something that in previous translations might have been hidden. Puritanism of the victorian age influenced previous translation in such a way that the book was intended for men. Now the original spirit of some 17 century old indian text returns: women that pretend men to do what women want, women that can get rid of men as they wish, women that are able to send husband back to his mummy.
Yet, it is still a mystery if this new version will help men to understand the everlasting mysterious feminine planet.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover on 23 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
I bought this edition (the Miniature edition) believing that I was getting a smaller version of the original Oxford edition, perhaps with fewer illustrations. Since I was interested in the text that was okay with me, but I was so disappointed. Apart from the very few illustrations (which I can tolerate) the text size is so large that you feel like browsing through the book rather than actually reading it. Furthermore, several parts of the text are left out, without this being shown in the "browse" view offered the to customers (the browse displays the original and unabridged version according to the table of contents!). Therefore, I really felt like a fool once I received the pocket version. It seems useful only as a gift idea or curiosity. Next time I'll buy the full version, no matter the price and size and shall not pay attention to the deceiving browsing options offered (Publisher, shame on you!).
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mamadou on 30 May 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
if you are looking for a pocket size book. this is the ideal. i haven't red it yet but i am sure i learn form whatever is in it.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Taylor on 15 Mar. 2013
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Arrived on time, bit small but we knew it would be - for my daughter's theology degree!!! I do not have three more words!
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