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3 Aug 2014
When I look back, the Garden is a dream to me. It was beautiful, surpassingly beautiful, enchantingly beautiful; and now it is lost, and I shall not see it any more. The Garden is lost, but I have found HIM, and am content. He loves me as well as he can; I love him with all the strength of my passionate nature, and this, I think, is proper to my youth and sex. If I ask myself why I love him, I find I do not know, and do not really much care to know; so I suppose that this kind of love is not a product of reasoning and statistics, like one's love for other reptiles and animals. I think that this must be so. I love certain birds because of their song; but I do not love Adam on account of his singing—no, it is not that; the more he sings the more I do not get reconciled to it. Yet I ask him to sing, because I wish to learn to like everything he is interested in. I am sure I can learn, because at first I could not stand it, but now I can. It sours the milk, but it doesn't matter; I can get used to that kind of milk. It is not on account of his brightness that I love him—no, it is not that. He is not to blame for his brightness, such as it is, for he did not make it himself; he is as God make him, and that is sufficient. There was a wise purpose in it, THAT I know. In time it will develop, though I think it will not be sudden; and besides, there is no hurry; he is well enough just as he is.

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  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; First Edition edition (3 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500732079
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500732073
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.3 cm

More About the Author

Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father's death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army - although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days - it was the river pilots' cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley's Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned - this is exactly what happened.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but why not get a collection? 22 July 2010
By Bill R. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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"Eve's Diary" is one of the most famous and notable entries in Mark Twain's series purporting to be the diaries of Adam and Eve. Like the others, it is a different take on the classic story; both humorous and thought-provoking, it recreates the famous scene with surprising plausibility and is very enjoyable. This begins somewhat more light-heartedly than the related stories, and is indeed quite funny, but ends with one of the most powerfully affecting love meditations ever. It is hard to read without a tear, and anyone who has ever loved will be profoundly touched. Often seen as a tribute to Twain's recently deceased wife, this is a small masterpiece. Anyone interested in Twain should read it, especially those who enjoyed related pieces, and it is highly recommended for anyone interested in Genesis - and indeed for everyone, as its core element is the most universal of human feelings. Though well worth reading in itself, it is available in collections - The Bible According to Mark Twain, etc. - alongside related pieces and many other works, making a standalone hard to justify.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Twain is a god of American Literature. 4 Jun 2008
By William Hoffknecht - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I recommend almost any Mark Twain writings, and the Diary's of Adam and Eve are two of my favorites. Twain did a miraculous job of creating an almost perfect idea of what Adam and Eve must have been really thinking if they actually thought like men and women.
Funny, sweet, and good-natured, this is a good tale for both young and old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Touching 22 Feb 2011
By Adriana in Los Angeles - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the companion to Extracts from Adam's Diary. Although the tone of this story is quite different that Adam's Diary in that it is not overtly humorous, it is still a worthwhile read. The two stories together poke fun at the differences between the sexes. This one, being from the female perspective, is a little more introspective and emotional, but nonetheless still humorous when comparing how the two genders completely misinterpret each others actions and can witness the same event and come up with two different versions of what happened. Yet despite these seemingly irreconcilable differences, the two still come to love and depend on each other.

I do recommend reading Adam's Diary first, otherwise the end of Eve's Diary has little meaning. I actually teared up on reading it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars But where are the illustrations@ 17 Sep 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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5 stars for Mark Twain, but two stars because the gorgeous period illustrations appear to have been left out (they aren't in the sample). You can get the complete illustrated book from Project Gutenberg:
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2.0 out of 5 stars NOT MY STYLE i guess 5 April 2013
By mammamax - Published on Amazon.com
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NOT MY STYLE---it just did not "do it" for me--a bit too bland. It seemed to be dry reading.Not much of a plot.
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