The Three Orwells

The challenge: to rewrite this poorly-written sentence about George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War.

This in turn allowed him, as well as serving bravely in the trenches on the Aragon front, to witness the events in Barcelona that spring when fighting broke out around the telephone exchange. [Geoffrey Wheatcroft, Spectator, 8 June 2002.]

Others chose to take this task seriously. I didn't.

1. Nineteen-Eighty-Fourwell

Winston fighted Eurasia doubleplusgood and sighted and thoughtcrimed nothing.

2. Melorwelldrama

He served at the Aragon front—bravely, most said—and saw... everything. Around the telephone exchange, he witnessed the fighting... dear God, the fighting! The events that sprung from Barcelona that spring were hard on Blair; hard to bear.

3. Eminorwell

Franco I'ma kill you! You don't wanna telephone me
Stalin neither - you ain't nuttin but a fake homie
Franco I'ma kill you! You ain't got the balls to beef
We ain't gon' never stop at the Aragon front
You better kill me! I'ma be another POUM-a dead

12 July 2002

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