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2020 Book Review: The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain

I found this book an interesting interpretation of the lives of Adam and Eve, the Biblical first humans ever created. I have heard it was meant to be considered humorous, but it wasn’t as funny as other books I’ve read have been, so in comparison to some of the works I’ve found funny this fell on the softer end of it.

What I found more interesting is the way it was told, yes like a series of diary entries, but the primitive understanding of the world around them that made me happy while reading. I’m usually surprised by authors giving their main characters all this power, intelligence, and forgetting the roots of personality or the evolution (emotional or otherwise) a character can go through. Mark Twain is a legendary writer and I’m glad he gave the characters more personality by their understanding of the world around them.

For example:

“They returned the Moon last night. I think it is very honest of them.It slid and fell down again, but I was not distressed; there is no need to worry when one has those kinds of neighbors. They will fetch it back.”

The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain

There are, if I’m being completely honest and I’m trying to be with these reviews, dry points, but that is just me and may only just be me.

This is one of the newer reads I’ve indulged in, within the last year. Though there were brief moments of dryness, I enjoyed it over all, and recommend giving it a read if you haven’t yet.


This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.


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