A favorite character, Lord Jim, psychologically suspect: Chang-rae Lee: By the Book – NYTimes.com

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Richard Brooks directs Peter O’Toole in Lord Jim

What kinds of characters draw you in as a reader? And as a writer?

Like most people, I’m fascinated by characters who are completely flawed personalities, riven by anguish and doubt, and are psychologically suspect. Wait a minute — basically that’s everybody, isn’t it, in life and on the page? As a writer, I’m drawn to characters who, for one reason or another, seem to find themselves desperately out of joint, alienated but not wanting to be, and ever yearning to understand the rules of the game.

peter o'toole lord jim

via Chang-rae Lee: By the Book – NYTimes.com.

14 comments

  1. George Kaplan

    Fascinating. “riven by anguish and doubt…psychologically suspect…desperately out of joint, alienated but not wanted to be…”, I thought that was a description of me! 🙂 Peter O’Toole looked like a ravaged and dissolute saint.

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