Flatland

Flatland

By Edwin A. Abbott

  • Release Date: 2010-12-17
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4
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Description

This mind-bending early science fiction classic imagines life in a 2-dimensional world. It's a universe populated by lines, squares, and circles, whose perfect flatness creates all new definitions of life, art, and society. Edwin A. Abbott, writing under the pseudonym of "A Square," combines scathing social satire with a brilliant examination on how we all accept our limits of perception, and how much people who transcend these perceptions are often met with resistance.

Reviews

  • I like it

    4
    By ururuk
    At first it was a little confusing but once I remember all the position of each shape, things become clear. I’m impressed how Edwin Abbott conveyed such a complicated idea in a simple and interesting way. It’s very much worth a read. Plus, it’s free. 😬
  • Amazing Read

    5
    By A person with a turtle
    Had to read this book for my philosophy class in middle school, way better book than I expected it to be ;3
  • How about that movie, huh?

    3
    By Foreseen Anomally
    I didn't read the book, but the movie was drop-dead witty and hilarious.
  • Wonky

    1
    By Book review19745
    Wonky. This book is for putting small children to sleep. But just because it's so Boring and pointless. It's full of geometric stuff that is a tad skewed. So honestly, take a nap. It's WONKY.
  • Unless Geometry is your life

    1
    By DANK_MEMES
    This book has a unique concept. Without saying to much its about a 2D figure describing life in a 2D world compared to a 3D world. Like I said, interesting concept, but it's butchered because of the long and drawn out chapters of useless information. I kid you not, there is an entire chapter (sections in this book) about how deadly a line can be if it doesn't move back and forth. If your not geometry smart then this book probably won't make sense. But even if you are it will bore you to tears. I recommend putting on some heavy metal or grabbing a kit-kat and taking a nice long nap.
  • Superb book!

    5
    By Dmn U
    Kinda puzzly at first, but you eventually grow used to it. The only problem is that the introductory chapters take up most of the book's length, and by the time the real action takes place, only fifty pages or less remain for it. But it is a nice read, though, and rather easy for what I expected!
  • Not what I thought it would be

    3
    By FezzyWam
    I came upon this book because it was cited in another book in reference to how difficult it is to understand another's perspective when it is not just hidden from our view but inconceivable as it was for the inhabitants of flatland. What I didn't expect was the detailed analysis of angles and the delving into the government of flatland. I found the book unnecessarily complex and so the point was lost.
  • An Old Friend

    3
    By Worzit
    I first read this book in seventh grade, at the recommendation of a friend who described it as "a geometry textbook with a plot thrown in." I suppose it's inevitable that my memory of the book will have changed over time: the archaic language came as a surprise, and the misogyny and rigid stratification of Flatland society (which was deconstructed in the sequel "Sphereland") seems to be a satiric criticism of Edwardian England, something that I couldn't have perceived at the age of thirteen. Probably the chief value of this book is its exhortation to us to try to think beyond that which we can readily grasp and stretch our imaginations to encompass wider possibilities.
  • Mmm good

    4
    By Meghjj
    2/3 of the book is boring, the rest is good. It has illustrations which makes it easier to understand . Overall it's a good book to read in free time.
  • Truly Intriguing

    4
    By souch3
    Bit slow at times but still very interesting with a compelling concept

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