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"Good deal of fog this morning. I do not go out in the fog myself," notes Adam in his diary, adding, "The new creature does. It goes out in all weathers. And talks. It used to be so pleasant and quiet here."
Adam has a lot to learn about Eve, and even more from her, as she names the animals, discovers fire, and introduces all manner of innovations to their garden home. Mar
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Paperback, 95 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by Hesperus Press (first published 1906)
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Tina Grimes I first read this book in a church book club. A lovely book, Mark Twain humor, and a favorite of mine.

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Muhtasin Oyshik
The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain

In this book, Mark Twain introduced the history of the Garden of Eden in his way. Twain described the life of the first parents-Adam and Eve- with subtle tones of humor and emotion. Furthermore, this story showed an analysis of the nature of a woman and a man.
I wish I could make him understand that a loving good heart is riches enough, and that without it intellect is poverty.

Delightful read.
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Mark Twain

Mark Twain retells the Garden of Eden story in the first person, presenting the separate perspectives in diary form of the legendary father and mother of the human race.

In Twain's version Adam comes across as the original couch potato, grumpily uninterested at first in the new long-haired creature with the different shape who keeps pestering him with her new ideas. Eve, by contrast, is the talkative, ever-curious experimenter whose inquisitive nature promp
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Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Petra's mechanic says her car isn't worth fixing by: riku sayuj
The first half of this short book was absolutely excellent. Eve is a free spirit determined to enjoy and bring order to the wonderful Garden of Eden. Adam is a curmudgeonly misogynist who thinks Eve talks too much and should give all this naming of animals and plants a rest.

The second half of this book is throw-across-the-room frustrating and annoying. The scales fall from their eyes, Eve fancies Adam like mad and falls in love with him. They marry and forever after she subsumes her individuali
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Caroline
***NO SPOILERS***

No fan of Mark Twain’s work should overlook this slim masterpiece, an ingenious and highly amusing 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 distinct. Adam’s is a straightforward, puzzled, and sometimes cranky daily accounting of the day’s accomplishments and discoveries. He shuns Eve and complains about her to hilarious effect. Eve’s is optimistic, wonder-struck, and feeli
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SheAintGotNoShoes
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely charming book ! It was a very quick and easy read with most pages bringing a smile.
Especially adorable were the parts after Cain was born and Adam first thinking he was a fish, then discounting that theory, thought perhaps a kangaroo, and so on !

Very cute.
Riku Sayuj
Jan 13, 2015 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
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Diane S ☔
Dec 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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Chrissie
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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,
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Jon Nakapalau
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
What did they really think about each other and their situation in the garden? Mark Twain gives us his version of this most interesting question; peppered with humor but not preachy.
Mikey B.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I found this to be mundane.

Aside from being a parody of “Adam and Eve” Bible version I couldn’t really see what the purpose was. Maybe, back in the day, this was considered controversial. Having grown-up with Monty Python and “Life of Brian”, Twain’s writing is rather meek. Eve is a caricature female – caring, talkative, loving flowers, animals… Adam is a knucklehead.

It’s a short book, otherwise I would not have completed it.
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
Ray
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a disappointment. I have fond memories of reading Mark Twain when younger - a wry look on life which resonates with me. So when I saw this I had to buy it.

The intro says that this was late MT, and that at the time of writing he was depressed at the death of his wife and child, and in financial difficulties.

The premise is good - diaries from Adam and Eve - and the first story is good, but the rest of it feels like filler. Overall not much of a read.
Magdalen
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely funny and definitely smart.
Ram Alsrougi
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Lovely.. kinda brilliant!. ❤
booklady
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Humorous, imaginative, insightful and ultimately tender, Twain knows men and women. We have not changed much. Finished this in under an hour on kindle at 1.5 speed. Going to get a copy for my daughter for her bridal shower. Not sure she will appreciate much now, but maybe someday...
Jared
Feb 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taught
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
Prashant
Apr 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-book
Here's a short version of what Twain tried to say in this book

EVE'S DIARY

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
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Carmen
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A light humorous account of the first meeting of a man and a woman in the garden of Eden which had me smiling half way though and laughing outloud at some moments. Did you think they were bored just because they were the only two people on Earth? You coudn't be wrong. Twain nails the common, misunderstandings men and women have about each other. This is a love story, have no doubt about that, the first love story of all and also one of discovering, adapting to, and appreciating, which are crutia ...more
Michael Perkins
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mark Twain was incredibly fond and devoted to his wife, Olivia (Livy). This comes through in this story. She pre-deceased him by six years. Adam's diary was published the year of Livy's death. Eve's diary two years later.

"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. At first I thought she talked too much; but now I should be sorry to have that voice fall silent and pass out of my life. B
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Valérie
This book describes the typical man and woman. Each of them has his own characteristics, but they still need each other, because they can only be happy together. The book has humor, makes you think and love is not left out.
Donna
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read anything by Mark Twain since high school, which was many yesterdays ago. And I had only read his full length novels back then, not any of his humorous short stories. So I'm very glad I started with this book as an introduction to them because I really enjoyed it. It's actually two short stories in one, Adam's Diary and Eve's Diary, published separately during the first decade of the twentieth century, but included in one volume here.

These days, it's not uncommon to find books wit
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Jim
This was an abridged edition. I'm not sure if that harmed it or I just didn't find this particularly funny & it was supposed to be. It was in places, but too much was just too absurd. Strangely, it wasn't the basic Adam & Eve story, but things like Adam not knowing where babies came from. Sigh. I guess I just store my funny bone in a different location than most. I'd still recommend reading this if you like Twain. I do, so no regrets since it was enjoyable & well narrated. ...more
Florencia
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Saturday night
Began reading.
Wednesday

Built me a shelter against the rain, but could not have it to myself in peace. The new creature intruded. When I tried to put it out it shed water out of the holes it looks with, and wiped it away with the back of its paws, and made a noise such as some of the other animals make when they are in distress. I wish it would not talk; it is always talking. That sounds like a cheap fling at the poor creature, a slur; but I do not mean it so. I have never heard th
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Lavinia
Dec 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Julia
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Lori
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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
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Sheila
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this while listening to the original audiobook with the same title by Mark Twain on Spotify (links attached). Go check it out!

This is my first time reading (and finished) a book by a classic author (my first one was Pride and Prejudice and I determine to win and get through the journey! Maybe later!), and well aww I'll just well I RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYBODY! YOU! YES, YOU! GO READ IT! It's available on Project Gutenberg (links attached).

What's so good about this, you may ask?
Well. I had
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Dhanaraj Rajan
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.

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Ritika Gupta
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.
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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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