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About meI am a solicitor and presently Professor of American Public Law at Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK where I have worked for the last 24 years. I am a director of a charity that assists death row prisoners across the world - see

About my libraryI have been a book collector since childhood. My principal collections are Folio Society books (presently 1169 titles and growing on an almost daily basis), Greek/Latin literature, English judicial biographies, biographies of US Supreme Court justices and American constitutional law. But I have lesser interests too... :-)

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Hello again, I see you have added the 2 volume work on Japan by Tutman. Is this set thrilling, worth owing, a delight? I am very tempted but would like an opinion. thanks a million
great Folio society collection. UK a good location to be to keep on adding. I see we have a good many books in common

How are you and happy new year! I have succumbed to the Folio Society and have been considering the Elizabeth David books. I just can't buy them all at once. Which do you think is the best?


The only other Northern Broadsides production I've seen was Lenny Henry in Othello, which I thought was brilliant and so We Are Three Sisters didn't lower my opinion of the theatre company too much.

I saw Collaborators at the National this week and thought it was everything that We Are Three Sisters wasn't - brought the characters, particularly Bulgakov and Stalin, to life in a way I couldn't possibly have expected and I loved. I think that depth of character and subtlety of language are the most important things to have in a play - I love Chekhov and Simon Stephens above pretty much all other playwrights. I saw the touring production of Punk Rock in Oxford and was completely blown away by it. It's those two things that I really want to try to get when I write, and I've been told before that my use of dialogue and imagination for backstory and motivation were really promising, I just need to learn how to incorporate more momentum of plot into what I write. I think that that was why We Are Three Sisters had to be disappointing when it's strength of character that I admire more than anything in a playwright.

What are your thoughts on what makes a good play? It's interesting to hear an opinion from someone who's seen as much theatre as you have.
I thought the We Are Three Sisters script was a bit disappointing - I was expecting more differentiation between the sisters and they all came across as quite similar. I didn't like the actor playing Branwell much (very pantomime). Perhaps it could never have been as good as I thought it would be - what with The Three Sisters probably being the best play I've ever read and Jane Eyre possibly the best work of prose. It could be improved by more imaginative direction, I think, with a lot of work needed to give more range to the three sisters' characters. I don't think it was entirely appalling - just very much could have been better. It would be interesting to hear what you thought as I don't know anyone else who's seen it. Any thoughts?

A pleasure to help. It took my mind of some of the more mundane areas of legal practice for a few minutes.


My understanding is that Letters of Marque faded away after the Crimean War and were abolished in the Paris Convention. I assume this applied to Letters of Marque and Reprisal as well as just Letters of Marque. The UK signed the Paris Decleration and so I assume have not used Letters of Marque and Reprisal since then (with the resources of a huge empire and navy they may not have needed to use them anymore). The US did not sign the Paris Decleration (if I remember from when I studied some US history, this was because the US said they did not have a large navy and would need to rely on letters of marque). So constitutionally, they may be able to grant Letters now, but I think that the international convention is that powers should not issue them (is international convention binding on a sovereign state - I guess not?).

Sorry I can't be more helpful. It's an interesting question. Let me know if you find out any more.

All the best

J'ai lu les 5 permiers tomes des Hommes de bonne volonté. Je pense que ça devrait te plaire. Mon problème est que j'ai lu ensuite La Curée de Zola, et, comme il y a une certaine ressemblance, j'ai maintenant l'esprit un peu embrouillé... Je ne sais pas quand j'aurai le temps de lire les 22 tomes restants.
Thank-you appaloosaman. I will have a look at that link in more detail - at first blush it looks very intriguing. I am not sure that Jacob has entered into the spirit of the mock trial yet. He has been selected to serve as a juror. He tells me has already decided to find the defendant guilty !
This is still in print, at least on (see below), but these reprints seem to put together in their first volume up to 6 of the original novels:

Les hommes de bonne volonté, Tome 1 : Le 6 octobre, Crime de Quinette, Les amours enfantines, Eros de Paris, Les humbles, Recherche d'une église [Broché]
Jules Romains (Auteur)

Prix conseillé : EUR 30,00
Prix : EUR 28,50

You can also buy second-hand single-novel volumes if you want to have a try. I have not tried to look at English translations.

And of course, I made a big blunder yesterday when stating that the whole series covered the two world wars. It doesn't since it stops in 1933. But the rise of nazism at that date misled me.
Dear Appaloosaman:

I don't like very much myself being suggested to read a certain book, but I've lately discovered in my father-in-law's garret the book series "Les Hommes de bonne volonté", by Jules Romains. I went through the first of the ?20 volumes (entitled "Le 6 octobre" (1911 I think)), the last volume being "Le 7 octobre" (1933). The series covers the two world wars and describes the life in Paris in various social circles. This is very well written, to the point that I could recommend it to a foreigner. In a way it also recalls Perec's descriptive style. This is why I thought you might be interested.

Jules Romains is almost forgotten now in France. If you want to have a try... (I will myself read the first volumes in my next summer holidays.)

Wow, thanks for that reply. I can see I asked the right person. I had a hunch it wasn't going to work out quite so perfectly.

Thanks again.
Sorry to bother you, but you seem to have a comprehensive understanding of Latin. A memento mori is a reminder of death, either a small sculpture, painting, or keepsake even. Would memento mari make any sense if you were referring to a seashell on a desk, as a sort of playful reference to the original phrase?

I received "The Persian Wars" last week, and it arrived in fine shape. I really appreciate you adding this bit of fun to what is already a fun group.

I have received The Persian Wars, in excellent condition after its trip over the ocean. Thank you for your generosity in providing such a valuable prize for the little contest we Folio-heads held!
I had quite forgotten that I remained such a mystery on this forum - I'm not sure when I will find the time to add my books, but it's certainly time I updated my profile a bit!

Tea break over, back to perusing the lists...
I assume that this note about Felon was written before the one in my other email, and that he is still "Lazarus". :) Hope so!
I read The Master and Margarita during my holidays and enjoyed it thoroughly, even if I found the second part a bit less attractive than the first. In some places, the tone recalled me Calvino. (Maybe I should write the reverse...) I'm glad that I decided to read it finally. My favourite character is Belemoth.
I didn't deserve it...
Sincerely hope you shall like the book. After all, Pinget was a kind of solicitor or lawyer if I remember correctly.
Je ne suis pas fanatique de compte-rendus sportifs (c'est un euphémisme). Mais c'est amusant à lire...

Très bonne idée de lire L'Inquisitoire en anglais, car en français ce serait probablement terrible. J'en ai eu une idée en parcourant quelques pages de la traduction anglaise qui, pour moi, serait inabordable. Le problème de la traduction, c'est que certains détails et jeux de mots ne peuvent être rendus (voir à ce sujet ma revue et aussi celle de lriley qui m'avait conseillé ce livre).
Bonne chance.
I finally bought Le Maître et Marguerite (in French since I do not read Russian—but I saw somewhere that some readers learned Russian just for being able to read this book in its original language...) I'll give you my impressions next month.

I wonder if I ever mentioned to you Robert Pinget's L'Inquisitoire (published in the 1950s). I suspect it would be the kind of book you love.
Yeah, that's right: I beware of reviews! The same is true for introductions: I'm used to skip them and to read them afterwards. Some introductions are so badly done that they reveal the whole plot.

I think I will try The Master and see what happens. Thank you.
I have one free week scheduled in August, and I wondered which book I could take with me. (And not an FS book, because I will be reading in the sun!)
The other day, I looked up in a bookshop at the French translation of The Master and Margarita. I was simultaneously tempted to buy it, and also dubitative on the few passages I read. They reminded me badly of Ulysses, which I could never read... As I know The Master is one of your favourites, would you suggest that I bypass my prejudice and go ahead with it anyway? I'm afraid to miss something if I don't try it.
Thanks for your comment.
wow - 2 more books and you'll hit 3,000!
RE: Batrachomyomachia

Is there an English translation you would recommend?

While your offer would be of interest to me, I am not sure how much benefit Anne would derive if I were to review it. I am a state court judge with limited practical familiarity with Federal Rules of Evidence and Rules of Procedure. Although we have adopted some Federal Rules of Evidence, we do not follow all of them. We also have our own (some would say arcane) Code of Civil Procedure. We have a similar provision for disqualification under the Illinois Code of Judicial Conduct, but not identical. We do not have broad general power to appoint experts in cases.

With that caveat, if she would like me to read it, I will. Since I cannot promise any intelligent response, I would understand if she were to say "no, thanks." Should she wish to send it, you may give her my e-mail address from my profile.
Thank you for the recommendation of Huysmans, but I have a hard enough time working my way through "normal" syntax. I will have to be much more fluent before I tackle that one.

I found your colleague's article on Lexis. Thanks for mentioning it. I am interested in all aspects of the "race" issue and the law. It will be interesting to see the opinion on the Voting Rights Act that should come down before the end of this term. Of course, the outcome does not appear to be in much doubt based upon the current makeup of the Court.

I am just a circuit court judge in Cook County, Illinois, hearing civil cases, with no inclination to hear criminal cases, but the topics interest me. As I am sure you know from your work, Illinois has been at the center of "death penalty" controversy on a number of levels.

Should you ever get as far west as Chicago, let me know. It would be a pleasure to meet you.
I added you to my interesting libraries, first, because you are the only other person among the hundreds of thousands of members who has listed "Judging in Good Faith". Second, I found your library on American Constitutional Law interesting, and found on it books to add to my wishlist.
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