Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (version 2)


Read by Linda Olsen Fitak

(4.2 stars; 2 reviews)

This is a satirical novel written by Edwin A. Abbott, first published in 1884. Abbott uses a two-dimensional world, with himself as the protagonist, known simply as "A Square", to deride the Victorian aristocracy and its hierarchies. But the book has retained its value throughout the years for its unique portrayal of a two-dimensional world, and how a Sphere introduces the Square to the incomprehensible possibility of a third dimension. Once the square fully understands the third dimension, he suggests to the Sphere that even a fourth, fifth, or sixth dimension could exist. But the Sphere sends the square back to his two-dimensional world, where he cannot convince anyone of the existence of a three dimensional world. - Summary by Linda Olsen Fitak
Read by Linda Olsen Fitak and Aaron White. (4 hr 31 min)

Chapters

PREFACE TO THE SECOND AND REVISED EDITION, 1884, BY THE EDITOR 12:02 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Of the Nature of Flatland 5:55 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Of the Climate and Houses in Flatland 7:00 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Concerning the Inhabitants of Flatland 12:00 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Concerning the Women 16:53 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Of Our Methods of Recognizing One Another 15:50 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Of Recognition by Sight 15:44 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Concerning Irregular Figures 10:59 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Of the Ancient Practice of Painting 9:04 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Of the Universal Colour Bill 10:58 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Of the Suppression of the Chromatic Sedition 13:11 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Concerning Our Priests 8:36 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
Of the Doctrine of Our Priests 14:35 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
How I had a Vision of Lineland 13:12 Read by Linda Olsen Fitak
How I Vainly Tried to Explain the Nature of Flatland 13:32 Read by Aaron White
Concerning a Stranger from Spaceland 9:13 Read by Aaron White
How the Stranger Vainly Endeavored to Reveal to Me in Words the Mysteries of Sp… 20:54 Read by Aaron White
How the Sphere, having in vain tried words, resorted to deeds 6:08 Read by Aaron White
How I came to Spaceland, and what I saw there 12:02 Read by Aaron White
How, though the Sphere shewed me other mysteries of Spaceland, I still desire m… 17:44 Read by Aaron White
How the Sphere encouraged me in a vision 8:13 Read by Aaron White
How I tried to teach the Theory of Three Dimensions to my Grandson, and with wh… 6:33 Read by Aaron White
How I then tried to diffuse the Theory of Three Dimensions by other means, and … 10:44 Read by Aaron White