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The Diary of Adam and Eve

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This is Mark Twain's imaginative series of diary entries by Adam and Eve. At first, Adam is puzzled by this new arrival, Eve, in the garden, and he is suspicious of her disturbing appetite for fruit. Eve, believing herself to be some sort of experiment, is curious about another experiment in the garden,
Paperback, 95 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Hesperus Press (first published January 1st 1906)
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Riku Sayuj
Jan 13, 2015 Riku Sayuj marked it as to-read

Expulsion from The Garden of Eden, Reinterpreted

We take upon ourselves the power of Judgment, without the power of Discernment. This is the message of the Expulsion story:

Consider Hobbes' discussion of Genesis:

"[We can look at] “You shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”(Genesis, 3. 5) And, “Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee thou shouldest not eat?”(Genesis, 3. 11)

For the cognizance or judicature of good and evil, being forbidden by th
Diane S.
Just what I needed right now, a humorous book about the world's oldest couple. Seems like men and women had trouble understanding each other from the very beginning. Go figure.

From Adam's diary. "She has now taken up with a snake. The other animals are glad, for she was always experimenting with them and bothering them; and I am glad, because the snake talks, and this enables me tot get a rest. She says the snake advises her try the fruit of that tree.I advised her to keep away from the tree. Sh

No fan of Mark Twain’s work--religious and non-religious alike--should overlook this slim masterpiece, a very creative, and most of all, hilarious peek into the minds and lives of Adam and Eve during their first days. The narrative is organized as half Adam’s diary and half Eve’s. The tones are sharply distinct, and there’s no mistaking whose is whose. Adam’s is a straightforward, puzzled, and sometimes cranky daily accounting of the day’s accomplishments and discoveries. Adam s
Mohamed Al Marzooqi
كتب مارك توين مقتطفات من يوميات آدم في عام 1904، ومن ثم كتب يوميات حواء في عام 1905، وتم جمعهما معا بعد ذلك في كتاب في عام 1906. والمطلع على سيرة توين سيدرك أن آدم في هذا الكتاب ليس سوى توين نفسه، وحواء هي زوجته ليفي التي توفيت عام 1904، لذلك يمكن أن أقول لك هؤلاء الممتعضين من تناول توين لقصة آدم وحواء بهذا الشكل الهزلي والساخر بأن هذا العمل شخصي جدا، وليس له أي علاقة، لا من قريب ولا من بعيد، بمعتقدات توين الدينية أو لا الدينية.

عندما ماتت ليفي كتب توين إلى شقيقه قائلاً "أنا رجل بلا وطن، أينما تك
Amira Mahmoud
حواء الثرثارة , التي تعشق التفاصيل
تعشق تسمية الأسماء بأسمائها
تعشق الجمال في أي مكان تقع عليه عينها
زرقة السماء والبحر
لمعان القمر والنجوم
حرارة ووهج النيران
تعشق أيضاً ذلك الـ آدم , الذي يراها كائن لا يُحتمل
يرى أن كل ما تهتم به حواء هو شيء تافه
يكفيه وجود بيته وقوته فقط
ينظر إلى الكائن الصغير ( ابنهما ) على أنه كائن غريب ( فضائي :D ) ..
لا يستطيع التعامل معه ولا فهمه , وتتولى حواء مسئولية حمايته والدفاع عنه
كما نرى هي ليست يوميات آدم وحواء في بدء الخليقة فقط
بل إنها يومياتهما على مر الزمان , من بداية
I listened to an audiobook narrated by Adam (Walter Zimmerman) and Eve (Cindy Hardin). It is only 1hr 8min long. Give yourself a treat. You will chuckle through the whole thing.

One of the funniest things I have heard in a long, long time. Everybody needs to laugh.

What's it about? Well, do any woman or mans see eye to eye on anything? We are different; let's just admit it. We of the feminine sex talk......and talk and talk and talk. To us something is important just for its beauty. And the men,
ياسمين ثابت

بعيدا تماما عن القصة الحقيقية الخاصة بادم وحواء

فالكتاب بيحكي حكاية هزلية عن ادم وحواء تانيين خالص مش الاصلين ومش بيربطها بالحكاية الاصلية بيوصف فيهم يوميات كل واحد منهم ومشاعره في بداية الخليقة لما كل واحد فيهم كان الاول وماكنش فيه زيه
متحيز جدا طبعا ضد المراة وملبسها كل المصيبة (تصرف نموذجي من راجل!) وبعدها في اخر جملة قال ان مفيش جنة من غير حواء (على اساس ان الجملة دي حتمحي كل التلفيقات اللي كتبها :D
الواد عايز يبين نفسه محايد بس طبعا مفيش حاجة اسمها

مارك توين سمعت عنه كتير قبل كدة وحافظة
Ahmed Oraby
أينما وجدت حواء، وجدت الجنة !
While Twain plays on and derives humor from some familiar gender stereotypes, this is in no way a one-joke piece. If anything, the book’s “gimmick”--the translation of previously undiscovered texts direct from the Garden of Eden--provides it with the fuel for genius. The man and the woman, while playing their traditional, stereotypical roles to perfection, also happen to be the first of their sexes. As a result, Adam and Eve are able to play out the battle of the sexes unhampered by the cultural ...more
Heba Nouraldeen
سألت حواء نفسها : لماذا تحب ادم؟؟
لم تجد جواباً على سؤالها ..اخذت تفكر ..هل لشهامته..قوتة..ثقافته..لا..لا
انما لأنه فى اعماقه طيب القلب ولأنه ملكٌ لها ...
انه حب يأتى ولا يعلم احد من اين كما لا يستطيع أحد تفسير كهنه
حواء تحب الشرح والتفسير..رقيقة ومرهفة الحس..نواة طبيعتها حب الجمال
تسحرها الألوان ..تكاد تفقدها عقلها..حنونة
تنظر الى النجوم المتلألأة محاولة الاحتفاظ بها فى ذاكرتها ..تذرف دموعها لكى تتضاعف عدد النجوم فى نظرها وتتمنى لو تزين بها شعرها
قد تحتمل مشاعر الحزن ولكن لا يمكنها تحمل الخوف تشعر وك
MJ Nicholls
This was boring. A pointless compilation of the stories Twain wrote that reference Adam and Eve, i.e. a few fragments alongside the amusing ‘The Diary of Adam and Eve’ that barely fills half this micro-offering. Oneworld Classics (now Alma Classics) are exemplary in bringing lesser-known classics into the public awareness, but cobbling together scraps from the Twain table and publishing them with a sexy cover is not shrewd business (specially since Twain is as sexy as sticky toffee pudd’n). I re ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Lau rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lau by: Anto, si no recuerdo mal
Shelves: muy-bueno
La guerra de los sexos empezó con Adán y Eva.
La historia es conocida, Eva nació de la costilla de Adán y a pesar de las prohibiciones ambos comieron la famosa manzana que les costó el Jardín del Edén.
Esta es una visión humorística y breve de eso mismo, dividida en diarios íntimos que "fueron traducidos" por Mark Twain, con unas ilustraciones muy lindas.
Lo había empezado en castellano y paré. Recomiendo leerlo en inglés, el humor se pierde un poco con la traducción.

El diario de Adán
Adán es muy c
Demasiado adorable y gracioso.
Here's a short version of what Twain tried to say in this book


I have come to this world omniscient and I am just bored to death.

I saw a man today and he(I learned to call him 'he' and not 'it' out of nowhere) looked very ordinary.

The man always ignores me. I so desperately want his attention.

I have feelings, I see colors, I know the name of everything, I feel sad, I feel intrigued, I give love, I experiment, I am inquisitive and he is so grumpy!

I find all the new things in this wo
This comment from a reviewer speaks to my feelings for this slim volume:

"Mark Twain first wrote the Extracts from Adam's Diary in 1904, and then Eve's Diary on 1905. Both pieces were brought together in book format in 1906. It seems that Adam was based on Twain himself, and Eve on his wife, Livy, who died in June 1904, right before he wrote the Diaries. They are seen as a posthumous love-letter to Livy, so you can tell the work is very personal, and has nothing to do with Twain’s religious belie
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~ la inceput, teribil de amuzanta. noroc ca eram singura in birou. [da, am inceput'o intr'o pauza la servici, dar nu a fost chip sa o las din mana. oricum, in mai putin de o ora se termina..:]. stropul de inceput:

Luni. Creatura asta noua cu parul lung ma cam incurca. Imi da mereu tarcoale si ma urmareste. Nu prea'mi place asta fiindca nu's obisnuit cu societatea. Mai bine statea cu celelalte animale...Azi e timp noros, bate vint de la rasarit. Cred ca o sa vina ploaia peste noi.."Noi"? De unde'
Bought this at the used book store today, and read in the car between grabbing lunch and christmas shopping.

I haven't read Twain since middle school; I have a hazy recollection of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer getting into mischief. I was not sure what to expect, but what I expected was far inferior to what I read.

Twain breathes life into Adam and Eve in a way that I've known only one other author to do (David Maine - in his biblical fiction novels).

Beginning the day after her creation, we
Cate White
I'd say this was the original Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, and would have been annoying bullshit if Mark Twain weren't so wry and humane. Apparently, his out-of-time insight into the construct of racial differences didn't carry over into gender. Adam wants to build stuff. Eve wants to talk all day. Adam wants his space. Eve just wants to relate. Anyway, after the Fall, Adam came to the conclusion that his lost connection to Eden was retained in his connection to Eve. Hence, all this ...more
Tannaz Pirasteh
پس از حوا

هر جا که او بود، بهشت بود


طنز کتاب فوق العاده بود کتاب کتاب شیرینی بود لذت بردن از هر صفحه ش آدم رو ترغیب به خوندن و خوندن بیشتر می کرد... این شد که خوندمش تا تموم شد... و لذت بردم
به نظرم هر کسی باید این کتاب رو بخونه... همه!

Beginner Reader ◕‿◕
في البداية أنا سعيدة جدًا جدًا أول مرة أقرأ شيء لم تقرأه أيٍّ من صديقاتي في عالم جودريدز...حتى أنّ القراء العرب له قليلين جدًا ....بصراحة مش مصدقة (: ( :

الكتاب ينتمي للأدب الساخر عبارة عن تخيلات للكاتب فيما لو أنَّ آدم وحواء كتبا يومياتهما ...فكيف ستكون...
في الحقيقةِ أنَّ الكاتبَ وقعَ في العديدِ من التجاوزاتِ الجوهريّةِ:
1- إنّ آدم وحواء كانا في بدايةِ الأمرِ في الجنةِ ....والجنة تقعُ عند شلالات نياجرا!!!
2-إنّ حواء كانتْ تحاولُ دومًا تسلقَ شجرةِ التفاحِ المحرمةِ!!!
3-مما كتب فيه((لقد أخبرتني ح
Terri Jacobson
The Diary of Adam and Eve, by acclaimed American author and humorist Mark Twain, is a riotously fun reading adventure. It consists of diary excerpts by Adam and Eve as they come to know each other. Adam calls Eve "the new creature," and complains that "it is always talking." Eve feels that "I have no defect like his." Their misunderstandings and eventual rapprochement are the gist of the book. A great book to perk you up or chase away the winter doldrums (or the summer blues).
What a perfect little book. It's sad that Mark Twain probably never saw it published altogether as one book. It's short and sweet, and oh so memorable. How amazing that this title got so little publicity. Now I'm on a crusade to read all of his lesser known works.
I read this last night; it was quite short and very easy to read. I felt at first that it was pretty sexist, but the more I read, the more I felt that Twain must have loved his wife. By the end, I felt that essentially the book was a tribute to women. It made me smile as I thought of how my wife also, in effect, tells me to stop swimming over Niagra Falls.
Dhanaraj Rajan
An absolute fun filled with interesting reflections (on gender, Moral Sense, God's attitude, etc).
I laughed very loud as I was reading the book and was underlining the passages that I liked. But then I gave up the underlining later. Otherwise would have underlined the entire book. A short book and can be read in a sitting. And I advise you not to miss it.

Mark Twain's account is amusing,witty, unique and intruding. There are no religious views here, in fact, God is barely mentioned. Twain's focus is more on the nature of men and women and the bond that draws and keeps men and women together. It's just a beautiful book.

محمود أغيورلي
قرأت كتاب مارك توين القصير المعنون ب يوميات آدم و حواء و هو كتاب مسل و ممتع و يتحدث فيه مارك توين عن اللحظات الاولى التي التقى بها أدم حواء , و أعتقد أنه استند في كتابة تلك اليوميات القصيرة على بعض التحليلات النفسية السائدة حينها
و الكتاب مقسم الى 4 اقسام , كل قسمين منهما يتحدث بهما احد الاطراف إما أدم و إما حواء , في القسم الاول يصادف أدم حواء و هي غريبة عنه لا يعرفها , فيحاول الهرب منها لانه يتوجس من معرفتها اسماء الحيوانات و قدرتها على التواصل معهم فهي كائنة اجتماعية
وفوق كل هذا , تحب التواجد
Dec 03, 2008 Lavinia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lavinia by: Vera
Brilliant! I was so impressed with it, that I told all my friends (who enjoy reading) to give it a try. At least one was enthusiastic about it.
Yiota Misiou
Με μια λέξη, Απολαυστικό!!!
Γεμάτο χιούμορ και ευαισθησία. Ο Μαρκ Τουέην είναι από τους συγγραφείς εκείνους που μπορούν να σε κάνουν να γελάσεις και να κλάψεις, να προβληματιστείς και ταυτόχρονα να περάσεις καλά. Σ'αυτό το βιβλίο περιγράφει με τον δικό του μοναδικό τρόπο τη συνύπαρξη των δύο φύλων που παρά τις διαφορές τους, που είναι μεγάλες, όταν αγαπιούνται αληθινά μπορούν να φτιάξουν τον δικό τους Παράδεισο.

Εύα: "Αυτή η αγάπη δε βασίζεται στη λογική ούτε στα στατιστικά δεδομένα. Έρχεται μόνη
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أولى قراءاتى ل مارك توين و ان شاء الله لن تكون الاخيرة ...للرجل لغة ظريفة لولا عيوب الترجمة ...لكانت من اروع ما قرات.... لغته سينمائية كومايدية اقرا جمله و اجد نفسى لا اراديا اتخيلها صور متحركة امامى ....

بالطبع لا يمكن اتخاذ تلك اليوميات على محمل الجد عند نقدها ..لانها كوميدية ساخرة ... هى تختلف ب الكلية عما جاء ف ثقافتنا الدينية الاسلامية ..عن قصة ابونا ادم عليه السلام و امنا حواء عليها السلام ....

تقول كتب الدين و التفسير ..مثل كتاب شيخنا الجليل الشيخ ا
Lovely read. Something to read in an evening or an hour or so. I am always in awe of Mark Twain's uncanny ability to transcend time in his writing. That being said, this is one of the few times where I felt my modern perception of feminism put a damper on the first read through. It was not until my second reading, where I sat back and just took what he was writing for WHAT HE WAS WRITING and nothing more, that I truly enjoyed this book. Also, reading the bio at the end of the book gave more insi ...more
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Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also work
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“After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; it is better to live outside the Garden with her than inside it without her.” 874 likes
“Wheresoever she was, there was Eden.” 107 likes
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