Reviewed by Emma Rogers
This modern take on the Kama Sutra is a 144 page book of illustrations mainly, with very little words apart from the titles of each position! Originally drawn by French industrial designer Ionna Vautrin and translated into English, the cartoons, drawn one-to-a-page in this A5 sized pocket guide, are stylised in a suggestive style where you don’t actually see any ‘parts’ just the hint of what each position entails.
I found myself having to turn the book in several lateral directions in order to work out what was going on in each picture, but there is definitely a sense of humour involved with each sketch. You may ask what’s modern about this book, so apart from the new style graphics, the names of each position are based on 21st Century culture. The front page shows the Kim Kardashian ‘Break the Internet’ pose with a bottle of Champagne in hand and the strategically placed glass. Some of the other positions are inspired by 50 Shades of Grey elements. Although the book isn’t divided into sections, there are definite themes – some for men/women, men/men and towards the end there are also groups involved.
Some of the positions are called something as ordinary as ‘electric blanket’ and others are more familiar, or variations on classics. Some of them are just plain weird too, like the 100% Mohair, which as far as I can make out, is just about dressing in a bear suit?!
Definitely not a book you want to leave around for children to see, nor ask questions about. It’s for adults only.
This probably isn’t a book for most people, but as a hen party present for one of your closest friends, a fun Valentine’s gift or a Secret Santa in a group of girlfriends, it would probably be quite popular with a glass of prosecco or two!
RRP: £9.95 (paperback)
Available to buy from Amazon here.