Flatland

By Edwin Abbott.

Thoroughly enjoyable. This  was wise, engaging, amusing and tremendously imaginative. It is a shame that this is the only work of its type that Abbott wrote. To understand Flatland is a real paradigm shift and to look at the worlds within the worlds described is an excellent philosophical and literary mechanism. There’s so much in this book. The edition that I read on the kindle also had some great illustrations that further elucidated the analysis given by ‘the square’ who narrates. I was reminded slightly of Swift (due to the satire and imaginative content) but the attack on social structures didn’t quite seem as strong as Gullivers Travels or even A Modest Proposal.

 

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  1. That’s excellent. I’ve long been fascinated with this book conceptually but found it difficult to get through as a teen. I will give it another go on Kindle, hopefully my adult brain will have more patience with it.

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