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The Diary of Adam and Eve

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A book by Mark Twain

I myself am no great Twain expert.. so I had that thrill of discovering an unknown Mark Twain --John Updike--This text refers to an alternatePaperbackedition.

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Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: Modern Library
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Twain demonstrates that he is the master of the light parody

  • Nov 6, 2007
Mark Twain was a master of many things and in this short essay, he shows that one of those things is the light parody. He recounts segments from the diaries of Adam and Eve, first from Adam's, then Eve's and then from Adam's again. He lightly touches on their ignorance of their surroundings and how they interact with each other within that ignorance. While it is a clear parody of some of the inconsistencies of the tale of the Garden of Eden, it is so gentle that at times it is easy to miss his handling of one of the inconsistencies. At the end of the story, they describe the love they had for each other, yet didn't quite realize that it existed.
In a caption written forty years after their departure from Eden, Eve says," But if one of us must go first, it is my prayer that it shall be I; for he is strong, I am weak, I am not so necessary to him as he is to me - life without him would not be life; how could I endure it?" The final caption appears in a section entitled "At Eve's Grave." "Adam: Wheresoever she was, there was Eden."
For this illustrates the true problem between the sexes, not the other situations such as "Men from Mars, Women from Venus." It is that a paired man and women do not truly understand the feelings that each has for the other, each believing that the feelings are disproportionate from one side to the other.

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