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on 12 October 2017
How do I classify this?
A romp into mathematical reasoning?
A political satire?
An introduction to geometry?
A classic of early science fiction?
A Christian allegory?
It's all of these, yet totally unique, an intellectual morsel that should have been twice as long.
The author takes us into a world of two dimensional figures where everything in life is determined by the size of one's angles and no one questions the harsh order of a strict social hierarchy.
What happens when the unthinkable occurs and a sphere enters their world, convincing a square of the reality of a third dimension?
Beautifully written and unforgettable.
In defence of Abbott, it is obvious to me that Flatland does not represent his social ideal, but he is making a comment on the faults of Victorian class structure which he intends to challenge by his own Christian faith.
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on 19 March 2017
Wow! If you love off the wall and you have a basic grasp of geometry this is the book for you. One of the most enjoyable books I've read in years! This book must have been light years ahead of its time. Through modern eyes you glimpse hints of the social prejudices of the Victorian era but this in no way mars the enjoyment of the book, if anything it adds to the amusement and enjoyment. How many books have a square (an actual geometric one, not a boring person) as the protagonist? The story draws you in and is exciting from beginning to end. The deeper you get into the book the more thought provoking it becomes. Great ending too!
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on 16 May 2017
This acts as a primer for basic maths concepts, as well as a bit of a history lesson. The story is both mathematical and allegorical, demonstrating the class differences of the time (some of which you may still find relevant, or perhaps just it's the groups of people involved that has changed).

It's also such a famous work that Ian Stewart wrote a sequel :) (By Ian Stewart Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So [Hardcover])
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on 20 July 2017
Takes a while to get your head around this book but it certainly makes for an interesting read.
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on 19 August 2017
An unusual,. but very thought-provoking book. Stimulating and intellectually challenging. A good read for the "thinker".
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on 14 April 2017
If you haven't read Flatland then buy this now!
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on 12 September 2017
Great
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on 3 September 2017
mildly entertaining and thought provoking in a quasi-scientific and -philosophical way
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on 17 July 2017
I personally didn't like the book. Quite odd ideas indeed.
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VINE VOICEon 16 May 2004
Some science books make stuff seem complicated. Even more compliacted than it needs to be. This book, does not. This is an excellent example of a book being able to open your mind to wider possiblities by explaining stuff you already know about insticivly but have never put into words yourself. Although this book is not for the expert, it is ideal for someone just getting going or needing the chance to recap the basics.
It had me thinking for weeks.
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