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?
Bravo! I like your choices. And I applaud your ambitions, especially as they involve a 3rd six-pack.ReplyDelete
However, I have a confession. In one of my dark moments, when my mind was inhabited by trolls and demons, I think I must have deleted my six-pack posting (i.e., I do not find it, and I have only a vague recollection of its former existence, and no recollection of its content); so, I have no idea what I listed. And I am astonished that you remembered the substance of my posting since I -- with my increasingly damaged mind -- had already forgotten all about it. In short, your posting reminds me that my mind is in worse shape than I have been willing to admit. Even now, I am babbling and meandering. Enough!
I created the draft of this immediately after reading your posting, so it really isn't a matter for memory. I find that writing things down immediately helps to fix them in memory and also to provide necessary information when I need it--since I will probably have forgotten it several days later.
I don't think Moby Dick will help much with boat-building. Although, perhaps you wouldn't want to escape the island paradise.ReplyDelete
I wasn't even aware that Frost wrote any plays! For poetry, Frost would be good for me, although I might want to go with Sandburg instead. Or live it up and bring both.
Aside from possibly Frost, the only one on your list which I might take would be The Alexandria Quartet. I've never read it, but have always heard of it and always mean to read it.
A couple of mine would be Atlas Shrugged and The Count of Monte Cristo. Nice fat books that are tried and true reads for me.
On the other hand, if I should manage to kill a whale, then I shall have just what I need to know to be able to butcher it.
Actually with that stack, it will be quite a while before I consider something like exiting my Desert Paradise.
Frost wrote 4? plays, but I doubt if he really ever expected anyone to actually put them on stage. I especially like _A Masque of Reason_ which has four characters: God, Job, Job's wife, and Satan.
Lawrence Durrell: one of my all-time favorite English writers. _Justine_ was an assigned reading when I was in grad school and I was so taken by it that I eventually read almost everything Durrell has written, many at least twice so far--perhaps three times for the "Alexandria Quartet.".
Thanks, Fred. I'm putting Durrell on my list.Delete
I shall be interested in hearing what you think of Durrell.
Fred, though I have already forgotten my previously posted (and apparently erased) six-pack, I will reconsider preparing and posting a reincarnation of such a list, but I will do so with several conditions: (1) I will limit the list to six books; (2) I will limit the list to books I have wanted to read but have thus far neglected; (3) I will set a deadline [no irony intended] for my reading of those six books. So, stay tuned at Beyond Eastrod for that six-pack, and if I forget to post it soon, please send me a gentle reminder (e.g., "Hey, snap out of it you old fart! Post the damned list!").ReplyDelete
Have no fear--I shall be awaiting your list.