The Diaries of Adam & Eve, by Mark Twain

by Derwood Hunsdale-Talbot on August 14, 2009

Diaries of Adam & EveThe Dairies of Adam & Eve
Translated by Mark Twain
Review by D.B. Lee

What a precious little jewel of a book. Easily consumed at a sitting. And like a favorite recipe, one that you want to enjoy again, and to share with friends.

It’s funny, of course, as the best love stories often are. Peppered with wisdom (“principles have no real force except when one is well fed…”), fundamental human nature (“Just because I can’t know, I all the more want to know.”) and deep emotion rendered with exquisite austerity, as in this soliloquy from Eve: “By watching, I know that the stars are not going to last. I have seen some of the best ones melt and run down the sky. Since one can melt, they can all melt; since they can all melt, they can all melt in the same night. That sorrow will come–I know it. I mean to sit up every night and look at them as long as I can keep awake. And I will impress those sparkling fields on my memory so that by and by when they are taken away, I can by my fancy restore those lovely myriads to the black sky and make them sparkle again. And double them by the blur of my tears.”

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Mocking Otter September 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I have read most of Twain’s published works. I can’t tell whether he tossed this one off on a whim or that it represents a representation of deeply-held beliefs. Marvelously, it doesn’t matter. I’m beginning to think that his grocery lists were probably masterpieces.

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