Book review: The diary of Adam and Eve

Title: The diary of Adam and Eve

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Hesperus Press Limited

If Adam and Eve had kept a diary, what would they write?

This book is a collection of Mark Twain’s works on Adam and Eve. Using Adam and Eve as the main characters, Mark Twain imagined what life was like for them in the garden of Eden, when they were casted out, and their interaction with each other from the time they met to the death of Eve. Written in the form of a diary, it allows the reader to see the thoughts of the couple. Though the 2 main characters are characters from the bible, this is not sermon material. The author was merely using them to explore the interaction of the 2 sexes. In a way, he showed

how their interaction changed as their relationship progressed, from viewing each other differently when they just met, to professing their love for each other in the end. The story was written almost 100 years ago, yet the reader might identify some of his or her thoughts with what was written. After the 2 diaries, there are some short stories related to the couple eg Eve’s autobiography (imagined by the author, of course).

I find the last line of the diary particularly touching: “wheresoever she was, there was Eden

PS: I borrowed this book from the library. I have not received any form of compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the publisher or author mentioned in the post.


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