Wow!! That is something to think about for a good while to grasp.
"Successfully resists paraphrase..." I am going to have to think about that.
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Agreed. I'm not sure I would state it that strongly but I am willing to concede my mind is nowhere near as sharp as O'Connor's. For me, thinking about reviewing books and the books that I truly love, I think it comes down to the impossibility of explaining "why" a book is amazing. I can tell you a lot of facts about Pride and Prejudice but I don't think anyone can explain the essence of just what Austen did in that book (or any of her books).
I like your explanation. I was trying to reconcile her statement with something like Rosemary Sutcliff's Illiad retelling, which is wonderful reading. But I would only use it as a stepping stone to the actual Illiad, not a replacement of it. So in "resisting paraphrase" maybe it is just that the paraphrase could never substitute?
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