So, I'm going to modify R.T.'s .challenge a bit and expanded it to the magic Ten, so popular among all sorts of listings. This will be my response to the Desert Island Challenge of Last Reads: Which ten books would you want to be marooned with you on that Desert Island Paradise?
Shakespeare: complete plays and poems
Proust: In Search of Lost Time
Anthony Powell: A Dance to the Music of Time
Frost: complete poems and plays
Melville: Moby Dick
Thomas Mann: The Magic Mountain
Walter van Tilburg Clark: The City of Trembling Leaves
Loren Eiseley: The Immense Journey
Jane Austen: Mansfield Park or Persuasion (a last minute decision)
Lawrence Durrell: The Alexandria Quartet
George Eliot: Middlemarch
Miklos Banffy: The Transylvanian Trilogy
This is something I'm taking a chance on as I haven't read any of the three works. However, the reviews sound interesting, and my father was born in what is now Transylvania, so I thought I would risk adding this trilogy. The work is set in pre-WWI Hungary and is the account of two cousins who followed two very different paths.
Those who are less math challenged than I am will have noted that there are twelve works listed here-not ten. Well, if one starts out with a six-pack, then it's only logical to expand to two six-packs, isn't it?