A review by stellasono
Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions, by Edwin A. Abbott

challenging inspiring mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? N/A
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A


Its thickness may not look intimidating, you will have to repeat reading some passages to envision the universe in Euclidean space into your mind. I love how difficult this reading is. It is like Utopia, but in math. 

Flatland invites reader not only to construct the universe into lines and geometrical shapes, but implicitly tipped the issue on social structure where man and woman’s hierarchy is defined by its size and degrees (which the Priest is a circle in this book because it is considered as the perfect shape). The second part of the book is how the social structure is perceived differently in Cartesian space and Euclidean space, the sphere can be seen only a straight line in Cartesian space because it is inability to sense the depth of 3-D dimension (it could be even different from 4,5,6th or higher dimension). It reminds us how we are never able to understand the importance of someone’s status through other view.

I really recommend this book for those who loves challenging reading!