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

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.

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  1. Heather in Arles
    January 26, 2014

    Loved this.

  2. George Kaplan
    January 26, 2014

    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.

    • January 26, 2014

      Everyman. Which I guess in the updated version would be every person.

      Wasn’t he? I mean a dissolute saint.

  3. January 26, 2014

    We like the same kind of people! Must be a “family” trait. Loved Lord Jim.

  4. George Kaplan
    January 26, 2014

    Hey, you two – get a room! Bwahahaha!

    • January 26, 2014

      Shove over, George! We’re moving into your book, now!!!

  5. January 26, 2014

    Bought the film recently and have not seen it yet.Have seen before but so many years ago.

    • January 27, 2014

      What I love about seeing films I’ve nearly forgotten is the sense of rediscovery.

  6. January 28, 2014

    I read the book 2x but never saw the movie. Looks like I’ve been missing out and best get it!

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