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Eve's Diary

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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
Hardcover, 109 pages
Published June 1906 by Harper & Brothers (first published 1906)
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Sep 14, 2014 Anastasia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0-2013
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
Jun 27, 2012 Ania rated it did not like it
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
Cindy Huskey
Jul 09, 2012 Cindy Huskey rated it liked it
Shelves: humor
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
Mia Claire
Aug 28, 2011 Mia Claire rated it it was amazing
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 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
Apr 28, 2013 Luana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
Aug 04, 2014 Tatuu rated it it was amazing
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
Jordan Fleming
Oct 12, 2012 Jordan Fleming rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Apr 03, 2013 Lemar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-fiction
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"!

Mar 26, 2016 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: humour, audio
A short book which I listened to from Librivox. It was not humor laced as I expected it to be nor was it poignant. It was just some ramblings from the first woman. I remember laughing out loud over Adams Diary and expected the same but .........

The sentimentalist in me simply loved the last line by Adam " Wherever she was, there was Eden".
Feb 11, 2013 Theut rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Nikki May
Apr 24, 2015 Nikki May rated it it was ok
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Syl. A.k.a Topo di biblioteca
Another ultra shot book, but hilarious and thought provoking. Diary of Eve from her appearance on earth till perhaps her death. It is too short and very disjoint. Hence only 3 stars.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Eve's Diary, Mark Twain
Comic short story
عنوان: خاطرات حوا؛ نویسنده: مارک تواین؛
Jun 12, 2015 Christiane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humour, mark-twain
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
Mar 19, 2012 PurplyCookie rated it really liked it
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
Nov 14, 2015 Esther rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics, fiction, ebooks
I wanted a short book last night because I was bored with my other books and thought it would help me get through my reading challenge a bit easier. At first I thought, okay, this is a bit weird but also kind of funny, I can see how people would have liked it when it was first published.

Then Eve said, "If he should beat me and abuse me, I should go on loving him. I know it." And my mild liking turned into angry feminist loathing.

Other highlights included: "Then why is it that I love him? MERELY
Feb 05, 2015 Dewi rated it really liked it
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
Apr 05, 2013 Roberta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 05, 2015 Bev rated it liked it
Shelves: logos, classic
The diary starts at day #2 of creation and goes through the next 40 years (with big gaps in between....we don't learn about leaving Paradise, for example). The book is only 109 pages and each page is accompanied by a drawing, all of which are charming (which makes the actual reading part only about 50 pages)

I'll tell ya, for someone only two days old, Eve had a pretty impressive vocabulary! The book is actually kind of interesting, given that it was written by Mark Twain and must depict his view
Mar 08, 2013 Greg rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 15, 2015 Quỳnh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 28, 2015 Kellie rated it really liked it
I loved the quote from Sister Burton in a recent General Conference talk that "life without [her husband] would not be life" ( and I wondered where it came from - and this was the book. A quick half hour read and a lot of fun - didn't like/agree with some things (like her reasoning for loving him and that she would stay with him even if he were to beat her - what??? and the unloving portrayal of Adam), BUT thought that the premise for the book was so clev ...more
Sep 24, 2015 Quanjun rated it really liked it
Eve is the literary Eve, the woman who would be the first to experience the cliches of literary interactions between men and women, whose life, personality and character have been repeated for centuries past and will repeat for centuries more. She is the perfect embodiment of properties writers have seen fit to bestow upon their female characters, perpetually wondrous of the world, sorrowful but only enough to be adorable, mistakenly believing herself to be clever, irrationally compassionate ove ...more
Simona Bartolotta
Dec 10, 2013 Simona Bartolotta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900
Profondo nella sua (a mio parere, eccessiva) semplicità.

"Ovunque lei sia stata quello era l'Eden."
Amanda Butler
Dec 16, 2014 Amanda Butler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librivox
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
Jana Vasilcheva
Apr 24, 2015 Jana Vasilcheva rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
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
The book started out pretty funny. Her being clueless was endearing, and it was entertaining to read how little she knows and how she's trying to figure the world out. But the ending was kind of eh? I felt like I was missing a huge chunk of the book, there was a huge gap left in the story and the gap that was missing is what I was looking forward to reading about. It went from Eve becoming friendly with all the animals because Adam refused to speak to her, and then it skipped to them being put o ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Virginia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ovunque lei sia stata quello era l'Eden
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Aug 05, 2013 Taymara Stephania Jagmohan rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 16, 2011 wally rated it really liked it
Shelves: twain
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 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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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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“Some things you can't find out; but you will never know you can't by guessing and supposing: no, you have to be patient and go on experimenting until you find out that you can't find out.” 7 likes
“I had to have company -- I was made for it, I think -- so I made friends with the animals. They are just charming, and they have the kindest disposition and the politest ways; they never look sour, they never let you feel that you are intruding, they smile at you and wag their tail, if they've got one, and they are always ready for a romp or an excursion or anything you want to propose.” 2 likes
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