Yiyun Li: ‘Rebecca West made me weep unabashedly in an airport’

The Chinese-American author wishes she’d read Moby-Dick and more Roald Dahl – and finds West’s This Real Night uncontrollably moving

The book I am currently reading
A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson (with regular help from the OED and Merriam-Webster). All words are good words. I find reading a dictionary the best way to befriend them at a time when they are so often abused in public life.

The book that changed my life
Every book I finish reading (I don’t finish every book I start) changes my life. Some move me an inch; others take the ground from under me. Both experiences are essential.

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