Book Review: The Joy of Sex

Posted On: August 4, 2009

The Joy of Sex: A Gourmet Guide to Love Making by Alex Comfort

This original The Joy of Sex, first published in 1972, has often been credited with inventing the modern sex manual and enjoyed unprecedented success world-wide gracing 8 million homes. Illustrated with line-drawings and watercolors of a couple, this book aims to be a personal one-couple notebook containing valid sexual behaviors, plus a certain amount about how and why they work.

Chapters are quirkily named such as: Starters; Main Courses; Sauces and Pickles. Terms are introduced in jargonless, non-intimating form. Though I have to say some of his information is hopelessly dated by now, such as saliva being the best sexual lubricant and petroleum jelly being too greasy and unwettable.

I would say this is a good book for sexually inexperienced couples looking to deepen their understanding of their own sexuality rather than the cheapness of lesser books or porn. Above all, read it to appreciate and savor lovemaking in all its varieties.

• A most celebrated classic
• Reader-friendly
• Suitable for sexually inexperienced couples looking to enhance their lovemaking practises
• Beautiful line-drawings and watercolors

Pocket Books, 1972

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