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