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Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott
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it was ok
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Meh.

The idea of this story was much more attractive to me than the actual novel turned out to be. Concept: a story of two dimensional shapes and their interaction with a 3 dimensional figure. According to the commentary, it was written both to illustrate the possibilities of a 4th dimension through an analogy we could understand and also to make a pointed commentary on Victoria society, particularly the treatment of women. The problem was after the first chapter or so I quickly got bored with all the geometry references. I think that the clever novel would probably be well received by math and physics geeks (so I still recommend the novel to those of you in that camp) but for the rest of us it can be pretty dry.
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