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The Kama Sutra Illuminated by Andrea Marion Pinkney
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Jul 01, 12

it was amazing

I have this huge book as part of my (at the moment, still relatively limited) collection (on the erotic life). Very beautiful, very epic, very tasteful/insightful/enlightening text (plus illustrations too).

I bought this book a few years ago, when I was 20 or 21 (I was looking for an introduction to the real Kama Sutra text).

This is a huge and very high-quality coffee table / art book. Generous full-color, beautiful illustrations throughout (enhanced by the size of the book's pages), and high-quality print.

This is a book that would appeal to anyone with an interest in eroticism (not pornography), or to anyone who'd like to "open their minds" to the distinction between what is erotic and pornographic.

The book features excerpts from the Kama Sutra. It was from this book that I directly learned how the actual/ancient Kama Sutra was not a sex manual (as it's taken to be in Westernized cultures), but as something psychological to enhance a person's personal/spiritual life.

Now I have to go look for this great book once again that's in my bedroom on the shelf (alongside Anais Nin and DH Lawrence)!

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UPDATE: These are the opening lines I remember that made an impression on me (and still do)--

"Decency, reality, and love;
Personal views and public opinion--
One who knows the Kama Sutra sees through all such things,
And is not programmed by one's appetites."

(Kama Sutra 7.2.51) / Page 21 of this book
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