Ellan Read

sometimes witty book reviews

The Trespasser

tw domestic violence, aggressive language First published: 2016 Found: This month’s pick for a feminist book club Pages/read time: 469, six days Comments: Danger doesn’t bother me. I’ll eat danger with … Continue reading

October 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

AUDIO BOOK: Metamorphosis

This. This is what I present to you as the 100th post on this blog. Does it mean something? Has this whole indulgence in literary naval gazing been as tedious for you as a day in the life Gregor Samsa? I hope not.

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Basicall, half of the epic is Gilgamesh missing his mate Enkidu and going on long adventures to prove his devotion to the bromance (*cough* romance *cough*). To prove his eternal love to Enky he goes looking for the secret to eternal life. No, that’s not a cliche. Because this epic literally did it first.

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Last Empress

Hannah Pakula presents a confident appraisal of Soong Mei-ling: China’s ‘last empress’ – a competent political tactician, devout Christian and fairly incredible person.

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Scarlet Letter

‘A squirrel, from the lofty depths of his domestic tree, chattered either in anger or merriment … so he chattered at the child, and flung down a nut upon her head.’

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Pianos and Politics in China

‘ Materialism may sometimes be a vulgar way of looking at art, but it is never inappropriate when seeking to understand art’s political and social context.’

August 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

ALBUM: Experimental Projects A (EP)

I would recommend experiencing this collection in the composer’s order, in a quiet space, with the weight of a grey afternoon pressing in on the window.

July 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Orlando: A Biography

‘Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.’

July 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Go Tell It On The Mountain

If you think To Kill a Mockingbird was ‘important’, or ‘eye-opening’ for you, then Go Tell It On the Mountain will ram home just how much you don’t, and perhaps never really will, truly understand.

June 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rare and Commonplace Flowers

‘The shooting stars in your black hair / in bright formation are flocking where, / so straight, so soon?’

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment