|Title: Kama Sutra: Step by Step
Author: Chuck Wills, Daniel Wills
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley
Genres:: Aphrodisiacs, How-To Guide
Reviewer: R.W. Hulme
Chuck Wills, Daniel Wills
Reviewer: R.W. Hulme
When I was a kid growing up in Britain, the pinnacle of eroticism was to be found within the pages of my parent’s copy of Anne Hooper’s Kama Sutra.
I’d regularly sneak this erotic masterpiece out of their bookshelf to pore over what I now realize were deliriously vanilla photographs of copulating couples; and eagerly study what I now realize was rather dry sex advice from the former Penthouse Forum sexpert and Daily Mail columnist.
Which makes Kama Sutra: Step by Step a bit of a trip down memory lane for me: Kind of like a modern update of Anne Hooper’s original, this sleek coffee-table book features the same style of simulated sex photographs and the same rather tepid sex advice that I was reading a decade and a half ago; all updated for a slightly more permissive, but still generally pretty conservative audience.
Sleek, black and glossy, this beautifully produced book outlines a user-friendly introduction to the 2,000-year-old Kama Sutra; outlining techniques and positions from this ancient Indian manuscript and illustrating them ‘in action’ via soft-core shots of half-a-dozen clean-cut couples.
With a litany of sexual positions on offer, and enough information to master the majority of them, it’s a reference book some couples might actually make reference to. However, in this day and age, the sexually enlightened have probably already learned everything explained within these pages.
Kama Sutra: Step by Step remains resolutely vanilla throughout (check the index and you’ll find only a handful of references to anal sex, for example) and arguably doesn’t really add much to anything but the most limited of sexual repertoires.
It is a lovely looking book, though; with gorgeous photographs and a nice mixture of couples most of us can relate to. While the original Kama Sutra featured models strictly of the Caucasian persuasion, this update has a variety of skin shades on display, including one interracial couple.
But ultimately, this book is merely an update to Dorling Kindersley’s previous Kama Sutra book; one that gives the book a more modern sheen without really adding anything significant to its contents. It’s certainly a pleasant enough book and many couples will get a lot of out of it; but there’s not much here that hasn’t been seen before.
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