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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Library (January 1, 1904)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XITYZO
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,226,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love Mark Twain's take on religious stories. This diary of Adam tells Adam's feelings about all the things happening to him as the first man on the earth, particularly how he meets Eve and his troubles with her.

It is short, and if you only have a short time to read something, this might be for you. Funny. No, it's hilarious. It has the stamp of Mark Twain's humor all over it. And then you'll probably want to read it again sometime when you have another brief encounter with free time.
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Extract from Adam's Diary is one of two diaries that Twain made in different short stories. They are often paired together, but not in this edition.

That being said, "Extracts.." is a funny, short, irreverant read. It's less of a commentary on God and the story of creation and more the story about the foibles of men and women.
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When I got my Android phone, one of the first things I did was download the Kindle app and then go in search of free Kindle books. I had read a few books and short stories by Mark Twain before, but I was unfamiliar with this one. I'm glad I stumbled on it, because it is one of the funniest things I have ever read. I was actually laughing out loud as I read it. It is a funny but honest commentary on the differences between men and women, still true even though it has been over 100 years since it was written.

I highly recommend it for anyone with an hour to kill who wants a good laugh.
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Mark Twain is, well, Mark Twain. Always irreverent, entertaining and humorous. He makes us take a look at parts of our lives that we have always taken for granted and flushes them out of our subconcious. Adam's Diary is no exception. If the original family, indeed, did exist, this, to me, is a more rational view of their encounters than the pallid tale found in Genesis. Like present day relationships, Adam and Eve have a hard time understanding one another. Both do things that the other considers to be 'completely off-the-wall' and with the advent of children the misunderstanding becomes even more polarized.

If you enjoy a good short satire, this diary is for you. Be prepared for a lot of giggles and a few hearty laughs.......
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I do love Twain's humor. There is something so true about being human, funny without being cruel, and always a good lesson to learn. In this case about the relations, the similarities, the differences between the sexes, albeit with a Victorian era slant.
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Twain had a gift for telling stories, and what great subject matter he picked. The beginning of the world as told by Adam... Very Funny!
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You could only appreciate this book if you love it just because it's Mark Twain. It seems like he may have written it in elementary school. Not entertaining. Not very Mark Twain-ish. At least it's short.
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How did I get to be over 50 before I finally read this? Most Mark Twain writings are longer, but none of them made me laugh more than this one.
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