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Published on 14.05.2015


HIM: If she could just be quiet for a few minutes, it would be a really peaceful show.

HER: I think he’s someone who’s only interested in having a rest.

If we were talking about Mark Twain, those of us who have reached a certain age would probably think of the mischievous little boy who accompanied us during our childhood, the fearless, curly-haired boy called Tom Sawyer. Neither could we forget his friend, Huckleberry Finn. Other people would name ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ and explain why the author is considered one of the masters of American literature.

But today I want to talk about a small (by extension) piece of work by Twain, written in 1897 and which I love. Perhaps some of you have already heard of it, thanks to the stage version that has been performed on two occasions in Spain: one interpreted by Miguel Ángel Solá and Blanca Oteyza, one of the best plays I have ever seen in my life, and the version interpreted recently by Ana Milán and Fernando Guillén Cuervo.

I’m referring to ‘Adam and Eve’s Diaries’

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The book is written like a diary and tells the story of how the first man and first woman met in Paradise. Both people give their personal view of how they began to get to know each other, the surprise at the other person’s reaction, how they were incapable of living together and how it was impossible for them to live separately.


It rings a bell, doesn’t it? Because centuries and centuries later… something tells me things haven’t changed…


While I’m reading (sometimes I take the book from the shelf and re-read the underlined paragraphs, phrases that need to be remembered), I smile, laugh, reflect and I put myself (yet again) in the other person’s shoes and I remember that we are not the same but, even so, it seems to work.


The style is delicate, telling us the story with sweetness and a great deal of humour. In addition, we love the edition published by Libros del Zorro Rojo (Red Fox Books). With illustrations in black and white by Francisco Meléndez, providing realism and irony; the same characteristics the protagonists have and, without a doubt, the author too. 

Pita Sopena




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