Ellan Read

sometimes witty book reviews

FILM: Russian Ark

Title/year: Russian Ark (2002) Director: Aleksandr Sokurov Found: While re-shelving the DVDs at work Run Time: 96 mins Comments: I have been saving this movie for myself for several months … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Year of publication: 1969 Found: On a book club reading list Pages/Read time: 304, three days The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Iliad

Year of publication: This translation by Samuel Butler first published 1898. Found: In the sales bin at the uni co-op Pages/Read time: 415, three weeks-ish Comments: The Iliad – written by … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Monkey Grip

Year of publication: 1977 Found: Upon the recommendation of the friend mentioned in this letter Pages/Read time: 245, a week Comments:   Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip tracks the slow progression … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ariel (The Restored Edition)

Year of publication: 2004 (poems written 1961-62) Found: Second hand at the uni co-op Pages/Read time: 211, two weeks of lunch-break reading at work I have your head on my … Continue reading

January 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Feel of Steel

Year of publication: 2001 Found: In the mail Pages/read time: 223, two days Comments:   I read this book so quickly that I didn’t even mark any pages to look back on … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Congo: The Epic History of a People

Year of publication: 2010 Found: Under the Christmas tree Pages/read time: 639, three weeks Comments: As a white woman born, bred and living in Australia, the history of African nations, let alone … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Communist Manifesto

Don’t be intimidated by this text. Just because the authors Frederich Engels and Karl Marx unleashed 150 years of political turmoil with it’s publication doesn’t mean that you should be intimidated. Ok, maybe just a little.

December 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Even Silence Has An End

Year of publication: 2009 Found: My mother’s library Read time: Three days in bed with pneumonia Comments: When Colombian presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, was kidnapped the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Complete Shorter Fiction of Virginia Woolf

Like a large box of expensive chocolates, these stories are yours to consume when and how you wish.

December 5, 2016 · Leave a comment