Eland Sparklers,
Kama Sutra: Connect the Dots
(Plume, 2014)

This is one of the odder books that has ever crossed my threshold for review.

Kama Sutra: Connect the Dots by Eland Sparklers (a pseudonym, obviously) is exactly what it says it is -- a copy of portions of the Hindu sex manual with numbered dots replacing some of the more intimate bits. The reader -- or readers, if you choose to do this with a partner -- takes pencil in hand and, yes, connects the dots to get a glimpse of what passes for ancient Hindu pornography.

Clever idea, I suppose. Question is ... why? What is the target audience here? Face it, connect the dots is a child's pastime, something that hones artistic skills and fosters creativity at an early age. Are there really adults out there who are so hard up for a glimpse of entwined limbs and sketchy nudity that they'll connect the dots to get it? Have those people never heard of the Internet?

Like I said, clever idea, but I don't see the point. I do not feel compelled to sharpen up my pencil for this one.

book review by
Tom Knapp

8 November 2014

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