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GM March 10, 2013 at 07:58 pm
It's interesting to see how people coming at this book from different starting points react to itRead More differently. I was introduced to Flatland years ago when I was in college by either a Math professor or a Physics professor (can't remember which for sure). When read from a starting perspective that the book is an exercise in describing an alternative existence (which fortunately for the author was made simpler by taking one of our three dimensions away) the story introduces an intriguing framework for defining a society. For me, the book's insights hinged less on what the author was saying about social issues we face in our three-dimensional existence and more on the idea of "seeing" how the nature of this two-dimensional world led its inhabitants to adopt social conventions that might seem absurd to us, but that were developed as solutions - sensible or not - to real dilemmas faced in Flatland. I came away from the book thinking about how silly some of our solutions might look to a being that was capable of seeing a further dimension of reality beyond our three-dimensional perspective.
David Nolta February 12, 2013 at 12:22 am
I just saw it. I am eager to know what you thought about the ending... No spoiler alertRead More needed--there are no surprises in the ending--you know the ending from the beginning. But the image of the daughter in the study--what do you think it meant? GREAT FILM. But yes, deeply disturbing and sad.