Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Diaries of Adam and Eve

Written by Mark Twain
Published in 1997 by Fair Oaks Press

The author assumes that the readers will have a basic understanding of who Adam and Eve are, and what they did.

Audience- General, although he seems to be leaning towards the readers with at least a basic knowledge of Adam and Eve.

Narrative (Who's telling the story?)- Adam and Eve respectively. First person.

Purpose- To help us into Adam and Eve's minds.

Rating- 4 out of 5 stars. Would recommend. This book can step on toes. It's well-written and fairly funny, but does get a touch disrespectful. Shows the contrast between men and women very well.

Format- Journal Entries

Length- 124 pages, including foreword and afterword. Can finish in an afternoon.

Sex- Mentions Eve being covered by fig leaves, but does not describe her body, nor does it talk about them having sex.

Overall, this book has merit. It's funny, sweet, and toward the end quite romantic. However, it does have moments of being disrespectful, and does poke fun at religion. It does give excellent insight into the minds of men and women, and showcases the difference of the genders well. Eve was very much into beautiful things, and Adam was into building shelters and whatnot. It was slow starting, but picked up toward the middle, only to die down again.

This book did not move me. If that was Mark Twain's intent, he failed miserably.


  1. We read small portions of this for my Lit and Film class last February. I would back up your recommendation, but it definitely doesn't flow with our religious ideas. I tend to want to picture Adam and Eve immediately bound to each other from the beginning. This version definitely makes you think. I haven't read the whole thing, but I look forward to perhaps doing so one day! Good job, Yannie!

  2. Mark Twain was famously sceptical about religion. I hadn't heard of this one, but might have to read it now. It's probably free for Kindle, so thanks for the tip!

  3. It definitely is not a LDS book. Hopefully, I'll be able to read the rest of the Adam and Eve books by Mark Twain.

  4. It is true that Mark Twain was known for being skeptical about religion. I do wonder why he was. I mean, I'm sure that if we could ask him, it would make a lot more sense.