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Eves Diary

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  855 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Eve's Diary is a comic short story by Mark Twain. It was first published in the 1905 Christmas issue of the magazine Harper's Bazaar, and in book format in June 1906 by Harper and Brothers[1] publishing house. It is written in the style of a diary kept by the first woman in the Judeao-Christian creation story, Eve, and is claimed to be "translated from the original MS." Th ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by Star Rover House (first published 1906)
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Anastasia
Decisamente inaspettato e davvero grazioso.
Nessun dialogo con Dio, nessun peccato originale, nessun ammonimento: solo Eva, il mondo da esplorare attorno a lei e Adamo, l'Altro Esperimento.
Davvero ammirevole da parte di Twain ritratteggiare la figura di Eva valorizzandola così tanto: è lei quella che da i nomi alle cose, è lei che scopre il fuoco, scopre le prime leggi della natura, è lei la prima ad amare e a soffrire per amore e ad insegnare anche questo delicato sentimento.

"Dal Diario di Adam
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Ania
Jun 27, 2012 Ania rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Good Omens"
Shelves: diary, short-stories
This was the expression on my face after I finished reading this story:

:/

Yeah, that's exactly it. And I so badly wanted to like it too! I mean, I love Mark Twain's wit. Just check out his author page. Nearly every quote is a golden nugget; except for maybe the anti-Jane-Austen rant!! Which brings me back to a point I want to make. Having read this book, I am not sure Mark Twain ever "understood" women, nor that he could distinguish one from a group of infantile children. Eve is filled with child
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Chloe Louise
I really really really did not expect to like this book, I am not religious and I thought it would be a boring read to be honest, however I thought that as it was short I would give it a go.

How wrong was I? I loved the character of Eve and how she talks about all of the flowers, the moon, colours, the river and the animals. I also liked the character of Adam.

I think Mark Twain has managed to turn the biblical story of Adam and Eve into a romance, which is so individual. I really thought this b
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Mia Claire
For people who have limited time for reading and whose favorite line is “So many books, so little time”, this book is for you. It is just a few pages and you could finish it in one sitting.

I found this book in the section “Banned Books” at manybooks.net and I have no idea why such an excellent book could be banned. After reading this book I was like: Wow! This is something. Well, duh – It’s written by Mark Twain, no wonder it has the bearings of a classic.

This book can be summed up into one wor
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Tatuu
Ladies and Gentlemen, a re-read! This is one of those books I won't tire of reading.

This is my favourite passage in the book, simply because I am a girl and we girls can go on and on about the men that we love. ;-)

After The Fall

"The Garden is lost, but I have found HIM, and am content. He loves me as well as he can; I love him with all the strength of my passionate
nature, and this, I think, is proper to my youth and sex.

If I ask myself why I love him, I find I do not know, and do not really muc
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Luana
“Il diario di Eva” è un raccontino breve breve in cui Mark Twain spicca per l’originalità con la quale racconta la storia più vecchia del mondo: la nascita del primo uomo e della prima donna. Il tutto visto dalla prospettiva dei due sotto forma diaristica. Eva inizia a raccontare dei suoi primi giorni sulla terra parlando di se stessa come un esperimento, e crede che anche il resto ne sia parte. Entusiasta, sempre curiosa, desiderosa di confrontarsi, Eva è una creatura semplice, felice per la pr ...more
Jordan Fleming
I've never actually been able to sit and read one of Mark Twain's books before. I've been forced to in school but my mind always wonders away from what is being read. I, however, really liked this story. It was short (thank god) and made me laugh outloud a few times.

The way that he was able to seperate man and woman just made me smile. Eve was and still is the stereotype of a woman. She is always talking -- because she "is so interesting... and when [she] talks aloud [she] is even more interesti
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Lemar
The charm, insight and wit that made the legend are all found in this slender volume. At one point Adam is writing about how Eve wants to friends with all the animals. This is particularly alarming in the case of the Brontosaurus. He figures it will wreck their home but it follows Eve around, "like a pet mountain". Twain uses his idea of the diary hilariously in delineating the differences between men and women. Eve is the more forgiving of the two, "he told on me, but I don't blame him"!

Beyond
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Cindy Huskey
As an avid reader and great fan of Mark Twain, I initially chose to read Eve's Diary expecting the traditional satirical wit. My interest was further piqued when I discovered the book had been banned in 1906. It wasn't until after I finished reading that I discovered the primary reason for its ban was the nude illustrations of Eve, not the content. Although I can imagine many were outraged at Eve's often flippant persona, I found it to be quite amusing at the beginning. After the first few pages ...more
Theut
"Dovunque era lei, là era l'Eden"
Forse è un po' banale iniziare una recensione con la frase più significativa del racconto, ma è anche quella che ne permette una (ri)lettura con occhi nuovi. E poi, come mi disse tempo fa un'amica, "in essa è contenuto il significato della parola amore".
Eva ed Adamo sono quasi obbligati ad amarsi. Sono soli, lui e lei, in un mondo nuovo, fresco, pieno di possibilità.
Ingenua, entusiasta e piena di vita lei, diffidente, taciturno e a volte scocciato dalla presen
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Nikki May
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Eve's Diary, Mark Twain
Comic short story
عنوان: خاطرات حوا؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛
Christiane
This is the story of the first two humans discovering their world and each other in the Garden of Eden.

There’s Eve, full of delight in and curiosity about everything around her, who appreciates beauty above all things and is full of love, compassion and wonder (and who never stops talking !).

And there is Adam, taciturn, moody, irritable, with a weak ego and no eye for beauty. He doesn’t seem to take an interest in or be good for anything except the practical side of life, building shelters and
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PurplyCookie
This begins in a somewhat light hearted manner than what you'd expect, and is indeed quite funny, but ends with one of the most powerfully affecting love meditations ever. It is written in the style of a diary kept by the first woman in the Judeao-Christian creation myth; Eve.

This one, being from the female perspective, is a little more introspective and emotional, but nonetheless still humorous when comparing how the two genders completely misinterpret each others actions and can witness the sa
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Dewi
my favorite excerpts :

He is strong and handsome, and I love him for that, and I admire him and am proud of him, but I could love him without those qualities. If he were plain, I should love him; if he were a wreck, I should love him; and I would work for him, and slave over him, and pray for him, and watch by his bedside until I died.
Yes, I think I love him merely because he is MINE and is MASCULINE. There is no other reason, I suppose. And so I think it is as I first said: that this kind of lov
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Roberta
What a nice little booklet! It's my first Mark Twain. I know, I know: how could an avid reader like myself could have been avoided Mr Twain for so long? Well: as a kid, I didn't like to read the classic kid-book. I misses Twain, Dickens and Kipling, for example. And while I was growing up, I sort of put them aside.
There's a lot of clever thoughts in these pages. And feelings, and awe. Sometimes you can tell that Eve's part is written by a man, I think she's too submissive in her declaration of l
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Nina
Let's just agree it's not Twain's best work, but without doubt it's just fun to read!
Even though it's written over a century ago, the stereotypes - both male and female, are still very up to date! The fact they reminded me about certain people in my surroundings, made me chuckle! ;-)
Greg
Really cleverly written. It kept me laughing the whole time, and yet throughout the book, I stumbled upon ideas of such profundity that I had to just stop and think about them for a while. I really love this book, and it's a super quick read, too, so find an excuse to read it today.
Quỳnh
Nhật Ký Tình Yêu là bức thư tình của nhà văn dành cho người vợ mới qua đời: "Nàng ở đâu, nơi đó là thiên đàng." Mình thích cuốn sách. Phong cách viết nên thơ, trong sáng và ngọt ngào. Phần lớn nội dung nói về việc Eva khám phá thế giới xung quanh nàng, phảng phất là mối quan tâm của nàng dành cho Adam; đến gần những chương cuối, cuốn sách mới thực sự trở thành một cuốn nhật ký tình yêu, mình xém khóc. Eva ở đây được mô tả như một đứa trẻ ngây thơ, ham tìm hiểu (Mark Twain giả định rằng chính nàn ...more
Luisa
3.5

Ma se la vita di uno di noi dovrà per prima arrivare alla sua fine, è mia preghiera che quella vita sia la mia; perché lui è forte, mentre io sono debole, perché io non gli sono indispensabile tanto quanto lui lo è a me - la vita senza di lui non sarebbe vita; come farei a sopportarla? Anche questa mia preghiera è immortale e fino a quando che la mia razza si perpetuerà non smetterà di essere pronunciata. Io sono la prima sposa che sia mai esistita e mi reincarnerò in tutte le spose che verr
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Amanda N. Butler
I really wanted to like this. In fact, for the first two parts, I loved it! But then my rating loses three stars for, as the story progresses, Eve remains childlike and passionate while Adam is the pensive, stoic one. And then there was this little gem:

"If he should beat me and abuse me, I should go on loving him. I know it. It is a matter of sex, I think."

I could have passed this quote off as Eve's individual personality; however, there is no way to write an Adam and Eve story that does not in
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Jana Vasilcheva
The more I read Mark Twain, the more it shows his love for animals.
There is always some ridicule or sarcasm in store for his human characters but nothing except appreciation and awe towards his animal companion. Which is a bit sad, yet so very beautiful.

As for the book itself (as well as Adam’s diary), I find it far more reliable and probable than the bible that it mocks with. I’m much more inclined to believe that at some point that’s exactly how men and women coexisted (even now) and I’m ver
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Taymara Jagmohan
Eve's diary is comical, and beautiful. I did laugh while reading it- without actually knowing it was about Adam and Eve. : )
I like the intensity of such a read. The history and the wit. I could have related- very much so.

It is such a pity that he should feel so, for brightness is nothing; it is in the heart that the values lie. I wish I could make him understand that a loving good heart is riches, and riches enough, and that without it intellect is poverty.- (insecurities belong to everyone, bu
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wally
fun little story from eve's perspective (as well as a bit from adam) in the form of a diary w/a missouri accent.

thus: nominative, HE; dative, HIM; possessive, HIS'N.

can't imagine any woman who reads this being disappointed but i'm a man so what do i know? by that, i mean the very last page...read this on the kindle, a true treasure.

bit of a spoiler, or not, eve wants to make a brontosaurus a pet. they disagree, adam and her.

another one....eve trees adam a number of times...which i thought inter
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Tim Jinkerson
This book was published in 1906, but it could easily have been written 100 years later - it hasn't aged. It's small - I mean really small - 110 small pages long, and 55 of those pages are illustrations. But you don't buy books based on the number of words you are getting, but the thoughts it leaves you with.

I paid less than the price of a pint for this book, it took about as long to read as a pint takes to drink, but it is well written and thought provoking. I thoroughly recommend it.
Laleh
hmm. well I can't quite say whether I liked or disliked it. The generalizations about the differences between men and women were interesting, and some were deep-make-you-think-things-over ones, but the fact that the diary would just jump from one place to another didn't appeal to me. I wanted to know what happened in between, and so the jumps made it slightly frustrating.
All in all, it was alright, and Eve's antics were funny, but definitely not my favourite Twain book
Anastasia
This is such a light and short read! It is a different take on the classic story; both humorous and thought-provoking, it recreates the famous scene with surprising plausibility and is very enjoyable.
It is hard to read without a tear, and anyone who has ever loved will be profoundly touched. Definitely worth reading again.
Joy
cute. an easy read. I enjoyed the poetic innocence. I also love the Sarah Brightman song based on this book and never knew it was from the end of this story. now I will love the song even more.

favorite quotes:
Eve:
"I am very interesting, but if I had another to talk to I could be twice as interesting"


Adam on Eve:
"She is all interest, eagerness, vivacity, the world is to her a charm, a wonder, a mystery, a joy; she can't speak for delight when she finds a new flower, she must pet it and caress it
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Virginia
Che storia emozionante! Eva si ritrova nell'Eden ed è subito curiosa di ciò che la circonda, dà nome a ogni essere vivente e ha imparato a conoscere e a capire cosa significa provare emozioni. Ma il sentimento più grande che lei prova è per Adamo, che continuerà ad amarlo anche dopo la caduta dall'Eden
Winston
Kind of a bland and flat little story by Twain.
I expected more ideas from the diary of the second human, but it turns out to be just a lot of weak jokes about the names of things and uninteresting observations about the world.
Eve comes across as a fairly dim young girl who is in love with Adam because "he is MINE and is MASCULINE. There is no other reason, I suppose."
I know Twain lived a century ago but really:
"But if one of us must go first, it is my prayer that it shall be I; for he is stron
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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).

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