Teaser Tuesday: Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott


Tuesday Teaser is great meme hosted by Should Be Reading and is a great way to find out about new books.Here are the guidelines: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott

I am still reading The Timeless Land by Eleanor Dark, so this week I thought that I would give you a teaser from the ebook that I am currently reading. It is a science fiction novella from the late 19th Century, and it is one of the strangest books I have ever read.
"The greatest length or breadth of a full grown inhabitant of Flatland may be estimated at about eleven of your inches. Twelve inches may be regarded as a maximum. Our Women are Straight Lines. Our Soldiers and Lowest Class of Workmen are Triangles with two equal sides, each about eleven inches long, and a base or third side so short (often not exceeding half an inch) that they form at their vertices a very sharp and formidable angle".
Yes, you did read that right. This book is about a flat land, where the inhabitants are all various different shapes depending on their gender and social status and they see each other as flat lines, despite the fact that from above they appear as easily (mostly) defined shapes. Worth reading if you want something completely different.  

5 comments

  1. This sounds really odd. I hope you review it so I can find out what you think when you are finished!

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  2. Yup, I'm also waiting for your review to find out what you think of it.

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  3. That´s a really interesting teaser! I´ve never heard of this book before.
    Here´s mine:
    http://ifyoucanreadthis.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/teaser-tuesday-24/

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