Dear Sex Counselor,
I’m interested in learning more about the Kama Sutra. You have a lot of books on the topic; how do I know which one is right for me?
Ah, the Kama Sutra. So mysterious, so magical. Visions of dusky bodies twined like creepers around tree trunks and murmuring sweet, accented nothings. Yes, the Kama Sutra and related ancient erotic guides can indeed be a source of exotic sexual magic if you want them to be, but their information can also be modern, fun and applicable to present-day lovers.
Rather than having you traipse through our Kama Sutra book section unaided, we have done some of the exploring for you and can point you down some paths that you may want to follow.
Keep in mind, all of our books--with the exception of The Lesbian Kama Sutra--prominently feature and address heterosexual couples. They also tend to have scant information on safer sex and working with different body types. If you’re willing to work with the texts to fit your unique situation, there is plenty of material here for you.
If you’re looking for something that follows the original text closely, consider Kama Sutra: The Perfect Bedside Companion. If you just want something light and playful, check out Cosmo’s Aqua Kama Sutra.
Here’s the full rundown of what we carry:
Kama Sutra: The Perfect Bedside Companion
This small, attractively bound volume is the most faithful and traditional interpretation in both text and illustrations. It’s written in Richard Burton’s Victorian English, features the old acrobatic paintings of Indian lovers, and includes sections of the Kama Sutra often omitted in other guides. This would be good for someone interested in the “real” Kama Sutra, and is a beautiful, erotic work, though it is by its nature not particularly accessible.
Anne Hooper’s Kama Sutra: Classic Lovemaking Techniques Reinterpreted for Today’s Lovers
Showing positions from Kama Sutra, Ananga Ranga, Perfumed Garden and the Tao, this book is very comprehensive and full of good historical and cultural tidbits. The names, techniques and quotes are taken directly from their sources and the basic philosophies of each erotic text explained. In addition, Hooper provides helpful commentary on the difficulty of each position and ways to enhance their use. The clear explanations and close following of the source material makes this a good option for readers wanting to try techniques from the Kama Sutra and other texts for the first time.
The Illustrated Perfumed Garden
The focus in this book is actually the titular Perfumed Garden, but it references the Kama Sutra and other texts as well. It quotes author Sheik Nefzawi and excerpts his original text often, which is accompanied by lovely and tasteful photographs. Readers will find this works best as a positions guide. There are plenty of ideas for lots of variation for different situations, time constraints, preferences and body types.
We have many Kama Sutra books by Anne Hooper. Since they are similar in many aspects, the following four will get a shorter review.
Kama Sutra Erotica
Accessible and attractive, this is a good option for the bedside table of those who want to pick up morsels of Kama Sutra knowledge here and there and don’t feel like reading much or getting into the history. Visual learners will rejoice in the sight of the beautiful erotic photographs of heterosexual couples in different sex positions. This could make for a very saucy wedding gift.
Kama Sutra: Sexual Positions for Him and for Her
Like the title says, this reversible format book highlights positions from the Kama Sutra, Ananga Ranga and others that may appeal more and be more pleasurable to women or men.
Pocket Kama Sutra
Basically a smaller version of Anne Hooper’s Kama Sutra Classical Lovemaking Techniques Reinterpreted for Today’s Lovers.
Now back our regularly scheduled reviews.
This book is very good at addressing many facets of the sexuality of women that love women, including history, foreplay, masturbation, seduction, techniques, toys, coming out and safer sex practices. However, it is a Kama Sutra book in name only, though there are a few scattered references to the original text. Good for lesbians wanting a general sexual guide and/or who are just starting to explore their sexuality and sensuality.
Cosmo’s Aqua Kama Sutra
What a slice of Cosmo heaven; alliteration and cutesy-poo nicknames for body parts abound! This guide is extremely modern; some of the positions are from the Kama Sutra but all have different names and variations. It’s great for someone who wants some fun, new ideas for having sex in and around water.