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The Book of Love : In Search of the Kamasutra - James McConnachie

The Book of Love

In Search of the Kamasutra

Hardcover Published: 9th August 2007
ISBN: 9781843543732
Number Of Pages: 267
For Ages: 18+ years old

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The Kamasutra was written in northern India in the third century AD, when erotic culture lay at the heart of an exquisite civilization.

The Book of Love is a unique portrait of this sensuous era, evoking the world of the pleasure-seeking men - and women - for whom the book was written. James McConnachie shows that the Kamasutra was always much more than a sex manual: it was a passionate portrayal of an ideal lifestyle that was, even then, under threat from the moralists.

He also demonstrates how the outrageous Victorian explorer Richard Burton, with the help of a clandestine coterie of sexual experimenters and iconoclasts, then unleashed this extraordinary volume on English society in an attempt to start a revolution.

And how the Kamasutra was driven underground into the hands of pirate pornographers, before being thrust once more into the daylight, in the wake of the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover.

The Book of Love
tells the story of the life of a work, of how something as fragile as an idea and a way of seeing the world can be cradled between hard covers - and survive.

About the Author

James McConnachie graduated from the University of Oxford in 1996. He is a journalist, travel writer and broadcaster. He has lived and travelled widely in India and Nepal.

"McConnachie's treatment of the rediscovery and reentry of Vatsyayana's erotic "bible" into India seems incomplete, but perhaps that subject would fill another volume by itself. Thorough textual genealogy offering the delights of a page-turner." - Kirkus Reviews

"A beautifully written exploration of the Kamasutra's third-century Indian world and how profoundly its nineteenth-century `discovery' has affected our own." - Lucy Moore

"Scholarly, stylish and entertaining." - Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

The Wheel of Sexual Ecstasyp. 3
Pleasure in the Passionsp. 35
The Hindoo Art of Lovep. 65
Rending the Veilp. 105
A Doubtful Book in Old Agep. 137
Overwhelming Obscenityp. 179
Kama Commodifiedp. 213
Note on Sanskrit Spelling and Pronunciationp. 237
Bibliographical Essayp. 239
Acknowledgementsp. 253
Indexp. 255
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781843543732
ISBN-10: 1843543737
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 267
Published: 9th August 2007
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 16.3  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.566
Edition Number: 1