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In Flatland, originally published in 1884, a humble square describes his two-dimensional world to benefit the inhabitants of Spaceland, the three-dimensional realm he discovers when he is visited by a being from beyond his plane. 

With dry wit and wild imagination, author Edwin Abbott Abbott builds a meticulous fantasy world rooted in an astute apprehension of psychology, politics, and social structures, as well as basic geometry. The story of Flatland, at once ridiculous and profound, delivers an incisive satire of social discourse that remains remarkably relevant today.

Public Domain (P)2020 Zebra Grass Media LLC

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Wise, inspiring, humorous, and subtle satire and preaching.

If there is a review that says this is boring, overly expositive, pointless, sexist, racist, or classist, please do yourself a favor by treating those as opinions that misunderstood the story, and, after reading, by looking for a short biography of the author to see his character, his academic and religious stature, and social activism.

Most importantly, pay attention, as it is kind of like a proto-science-fiction novel, and the world’s logic swiftly begins to make sense as the story progresses, and should fully make sense by the end.

After reading this, if you are interested in initiating further literary degrees of higher-dimensional perception, in a clever novel, consider reading the epic Alan Moore novel, Jerusalem, which expands on the idea exquisitely.

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Charming story and concept

The beginning is a bit slow but the exploration of the different dimensions is charming. it makes you think what shades of reality we are missing

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Wonderful Read

This is a fantastic read, and the reader had the perfect voice and tone for the story.

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Amazing concept for the time.

It is a bit dated with word and terminology, but it is still an amazing concept .

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Audio Quit Working

Audio quit working. tried reinstalling. nothing works. other apps with audio work just fine. it is not my headphones because they work fine with other apps. the phone speakers also will not play audio through this app.

I hate leaving a one-star review but I don't see anywhere within the app that I can report a problem. hoping someone from Amazon will provide some help here so I can give a better review.

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So glad I read it

I'd heard of it, but never had a chance to read it until I stumbled on it on the Audible list. It's an absolute classic. The author was a genius to have thought of the idea and to have executed it so well. Philosophically - spot on. He targets probably the biggest challenge to mankind - how to step out of the thinking framework that you've inherited.