The Book of Love book. Read 7 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. An engaging, enlightening â€œbiographyâ€ of the ancient Hindu m. An “enticing elegant and stylish” biography of the ancient Hindu manuscript that became the world's most famous sex manual (The New York Review of. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Tracing the celebrated sex manual from its palm-leaf manuscript origins in third-century India to contemporary.
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The Kama Sutra is an ancient Indian Sanskrit text on sexuality, eroticism and emotional .. Book 3 of the Kamasutra is largely dedicated to the art of courtship with the aim of marriage. The book's opening verse declares marriage to be a. Yet the book began its long life in third-century India as something quite The first work to tell the full story of the "Kamasutra," "The Book of. The first work to tell the full story of the Kamasutra, The Book of Love explores how a way of looking at the world came to be cradled between book covers-and.
In the popular imagination, it is a work of practical pornography, a how-to guide of absurdly acrobatic sexual techniques. Yet the book began its long life in third-century India as something quite different: Over the ensuing centuries, the "Kamasutra "was first celebrated, then neglected, and very nearly lost--until an outrageous adventurer introduced it to the West and earned literary immortality.
In lively and lucid prose, James McConnachie provides a rare, intimate look at the exquisite civilization that produced this cultural cornerstone. He details the quest of famed explorer Richard F. Burton, who--along with his clandestine coterie of libertines and iconoclasts--unleashed the "Kamasutra "on English society as a deliberate slap at Victorian prudishness and paternalism.
And he describes how the "Kamasutra "was driven underground into the hands of pirate pornographers, until the end of the "Lady Chatterley "obscenity ban thrust it once more into contentious daylight.
The first work to tell the full story of the "Kamasutra," "The Book of Love "explores how a remarkable way of looking at the world came to be cradled between book covers--and survived. New York, New York, U.
The Book of Love: The Story of the Kamasutra. The first work to tell the full story of the Kamasutra , The Book of Love explores how a remarkable way of looking at the world c… More…. The first work to tell the full story of the Kamasutra , The Book of Love explores how a remarkable way of looking at the world came to be cradled between book covers—and survived.
Then, out of nothing and The Book of Love illuminates both the luxurious third-century world that gave rise to the Kamasutra and the nineteenth-century colonial explorations that brought it to Europe, as well as our own often hilarious response to it.
Brings the story up-to-date without stinting on the entertaining pen portraits and anecdotes.
Paints an enticing picture of the society in which the Kamasutra was written. A scholarly, stylish, and entertaining study.
James McConnachie is a journalist, travel writer, and broadcaster. A graduate of the University of Oxford, he has lived and traveled widely in Nepal and India.
He lives in Winchester, UK.