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Extracts from Adam's Diary

Mark Twain

Book Overview: 

Get the true story of Adam and Eve, straight from the source. This humorous text is a day-to-day account of Adam’s life from happiness in the “GARDEN-OF-EDEN” to their fall from grace and the events thereafter. Learn how Eve caught the infant Cain, and Adam takes some time to learn exactly what it is.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .My life is not as happy as it was.


The new creature eats too much fruit. We are going to run short, most likely. "We" again—that is its word; mine too, now, from hearing it so much. Good deal of fog this morning. I do not go out in the fog myself. The new creature does. It goes out in all weathers, and stumps right in with its muddy feet. And talks. It used to be so pleasant and quiet here.


Pulled through. This day is getting to be more and more trying. It was selected and set apart last November as a day of rest. I already had six of them per week, before. This morning found the new creature trying to clod apples out of that forbidden tree.


The new creature says its name is Eve. That is all right, I have no objections. Says it is to call it by when I want it to come. I said it was superfluous, then.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A downright hilarious story of the "first couple", written from Adam's point of view. His diary entries are short and to the point. Feels like reading a scientific journal. The funniest part is him trying to figure out WHAT exactly Cain and Abel are and where they came from. It's was refreshingly po

This is a wonderful, fictionalized version of the Genesis story of Adam and Eve, though, with some "tricks". Somehow Twain managed to decipher Adam's hieroglyphs. One can really wonder about a lone-Adam and how he would react when facing Eve for the first time.

This is a story which would deserv

Lol !!! Absolutely brilliant. I read this twice in a row just to laugh again, and it was actually better the second time. A huge contender for my "favorites" list.

And there's even this gemstone :
"I find that principles have no real force except when one is well-fed."

This just might be my favorite of Mark Twain's work. And I've arranged my thoughts into a haiku:

So pensively gullible,
While Eve sets the score."

I didn't know this hidden gem existed until browsing through the table of contents for a Twain anthology I picked up for my Kindle. I had to stifle my laughter in order not to disturb my partner who was sleeping next to me while I devoured this quick read in bed. Very, very funny stuff.

I read it alo

Mark Twain's Extracts from Adam's Diary reads exactly as what it sounds like: a brief account of the Book of Genesis (beginning with Eve's inception in 2:21 and ending with Abel's birth in 4:2, by my estimate), as narrated in the first person by Adam himself in his diary. It begins thus:

"Monday. Thi

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