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on 3 December 2017
Edwin Abbott Abbott published this, his brilliantly original novella in 1884 and it has always remained popular. If this is the first time you will be reading this, then you will soon find out why, and become a fan of it yourself.
Schooled in the Classics, Mathematics and Theology, and becoming a schoolmaster and theologian, you can see how the education and beliefs of Edwin A Abbott helped to inspire this book. And this story works on so many levels. With its details on shapes and dimensions this also is a satirical look at the way people were at the time, with females considered inferior and the stratification of society. Indeed, the more you think about this story the more things you notice, and so for instance I can see references to what we now refer to as eugenics, and I could also argue that this raises the possibilities that we are still finding out with regards to quantum physics. On top of that this could be seen as ultimately trying to prove that God must exist.
This is ultimately a book that you just cannot grow bored with, and each time you come back to it you seem to find another layer, which shows not only the genius of the author, but also that this never ages, always staying current in one idea or another.
In all this is a fascinating book to read, and although short is packed full of ideas, and it must be admitted that it isn’t hard to read, and at times very funny. This just seems to all come together seamlessly, making something that is really great to read.