Stand alone title: Published 1/4/1904: 90 pages
I borrowed this book from my library
This is Mark Twain’s imaginative series of diary entries by Adam and Eve. At first, Adam is puzzled by this new arrival, Eve, in the garden, and he is suspicious of her disturbing appetite for fruit. Eve, believing herself to be some sort of experiment, is curious about another experiment in the garden, perhaps some sort of reptile or possibly architecture. Eve gives names to everything, much to Adam’s annoyance. He tries to ignore her, so she seeks companionship among the animals particularly with a certain snake. Adam and Eve grow to love each other and, in the end, an elderly Adam is filled with a realization of that love as he stands at Eve’s grave.
I must confess…this is my first time reading Twain. Ever. I can hear the gasps of astonishment from here. Seriously though, you should know by now that I tend to just read what I like as far as book go. Perhaps I may or may not have mentioned before that I was a remedial student therefore not forced to ponder the literary classics like many other high school students. So while well aware of Twain this is my first time trying one of his books. I have to say I really enjoyed it and will be looking into other titles of his that might appeal to me.
So if I’ve never been motivated to read Twain before now, why now? I do believe one of my reading challenges has a book by him as a requirement, but I can think of a couple of other items this title will help me check of on the lists as well. So I’m grateful that I took on the challenges because had I not I probably never would have given this book a try. I also chose to read Mr. Twain this week in honor of Banned Book Week for I am sure some religious zealot out there probably challenged this tongue in cheek interpretation of Adam and Eve’s time in the Garden of Eden.
It is that very tongue in cheek attitude that Mr. Twain delivers in this compilation of several of his short stories and essays that made the book for me. I loved how both Adam and Eve are portrayed in such a modern light. Twain captures what any average American male would have though upon having this strange new long-haired creature thrust into his life. Then switches tone and delivers the events from Eve’s much more descriptive introspective interpretation of the world she finds herself in. We get to peek into each side’s POV of their lives in the garden and afterwards through some quite humorous diary entries that can turn sentimental almost on a dime and shocked me with how beautiful the passages I was reading were. Page 40 especially, brought tears to my eyes…
So while being a fun satire it also was a sentimental piece as well and I now see how Twain has earned the admiration from so many over the years. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future.