People Not Characters

Hemingway wrote: “When writing a novel a writer should create living people, not characters. A character is a caricature…” Maybe. Like most readers, I want the people I read about to be believable, interesting, engaging, and live a long time in my memory. Here are a few of my all-time favorite people: Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, Nabokov’s Ada, Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Ford’s Frank Bascombe, Updike’s Rabbit, Didion’s Grace Strasser-Mendana, Zafon’s David Martin, T.C. Boyle’s Walter Van Brunt, Frank Lloyd Wright, actually most of the people Boyle has brought to life.

Care to share your favorite people?

—Chris

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