Jesus Christ....im about to go pick this up. I read a brief summary, and other implications about the book and i am enthralled. Any of you /lit/heads read this? Suggestions, thoughts?
I found it dry and boring. It seemed fairly surface-level to me, the and the pacing was off -- the first half of the entire book is spent describing the setting, and only once that's over does the story actually start.
In fairness, the point of the book is not to tell a great story, but to thought-experiment with the idea of what living in a two-dimensional world would actually be like. The "caste society" of polygons is just something that the author came up with as window dressing, and is not essential to the story's experiment. I did find the quadrilateral's narrative voice to be annoying in places (they also have obdurate Victorian sensibilities, which makes them unrelatable today).
Like The Metamorphosis, Flatland is a quick and easy "what-if" read, and therefore worth the time. They each have a hook, but there's not much to them, beyond their hook. They are both...
If anyone likes this idea, also look up "the Planiverse", a larger book that I regret I have never read, but did flip through in the library once as a kid. This was my first exposure to the 2D concept, though I would read Flatland some years later.
t. math graduate