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I read a lot of books, at least 2 a month, but this book took me a whole month to read. Putting aside it being a hard read, I learned a lot and am very happy I took the time to read it.
We use our book as a great coffee table book. It always draws up fun conversations,and looks gorgeous in our home. We received our book as a wedding shower gift from a friend, and loved it when we got it. We did read over it once, but that was all. Now it's just for aesthetic purposes and conversation starters.
I really liked the diversity that flipping through this book brought to the bedroom. It helped me to relax and experiment without having to completely come up with ideas myself.
The Kama Sutra Bedside Companion looks like a pretty good read, though to me it fell short of that. The intended audience of this book is male, which, combined with cultural differences, makes it difficult for me to apply any information within the covers to my relationship. Some of the writings, including how to show affection to a woman through repeated blows to her back during sex, just didn't seem like they would be appropriate for every relationship.
Overall it was a gem to add to my book collection. It's one I've read over and over, and my partner loves it when I bring it out. Often when he's out of town on business he gets me to email him passages. It was beautiful, sexual and spiritual all at once, something that is sometimes hard to find.
A great introduction to Kama Sutra teachings, but not a great "bedside companion". If you are looking for a book to teach you new positions, this is not a good book for that purpost.