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"Life of Pi" -- Vocabulary from Chapters 1-20

November 8, 2012
"Life of Pi" by Yann Martel is the simple story of a boy on a raft. If that sounds relaxing, there's one problem -- there is also a tiger on the raft.

Before you see the movie, read Yann Martel's exciting novel "Life of Pi" and learn these word lists: Ch's 1-20, Ch's 21-42, Ch's 43-57, Ch's 58-80, and Ch's 81-100.
religious
I have kept up what some people would consider my strange religious practices.
sloth
My zoology thesis was a functional analysis of the thyroid gland of the three-toed sloth.
award
I got every possible student award from the Department of Zoology.
length
In this case, a 'length' is one trip across the pool -- across the length of the pool.
Even in his sixties, when he was a little stooped and a lifetime of counter-obstetric gravity had begun to nudge his flesh downwards, Mamaji swam thirty lengths every morning at the pool of the Aurobindo Ashram.
stroke
Under his watchful eye I lay on the beach and fluttered my legs and scratched away at the sand with my hands, turning my head at every stroke to breathe.
territory
Note that in chapter 4, Martel is using 'territory' in a number of different ways, for comparison -- both as a political territory added on to a country, and as a habitat for animals (or even people). So it's under both the jurisdiction of a state as well as the jurisdiction of particular species.
Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured.
imagine
You must imagine a hot and humid place, bathed in sunshine and bright colours.
rite
Off we went on this Hindu rite of passage, Mother carrying me, Auntie propelling her.
escape
It yearns mightily for “freedom” and does all it can to escape.
social
Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured.
enclosure
A biologically sound zoo enclosure—whether cage, pit, moated island, corral, terrarium, aviary or aquarium—is just another territory, peculiar only in its size and in its proximity to human territory.
cage
Note the many uses of cages (or enclosures, or corrals, or territories), both in a literal sense (here in the zoo) and a metaphorical one (religion, etc) throughout the book -- it's a running theme.
A biologically sound zoo enclosure—whether cage, pit, moated island, corral, terrarium, aviary or aquarium—is just another territory, peculiar only in its size and in its proximity to human territory.
corral
A biologically sound zoo enclosure—whether cage, pit, moated island, corral, terrarium, aviary or aquarium—is just another territory, peculiar only in its size and in its proximity to human territory.
limit
Within the limits of their nature, they make do with what they have.
suspicious
That I was a swimmer made no waves; it seems to be a law of human nature that those who live by the sea are suspicious of swimmers, just as those who live in the mountains are suspicious of mountain climbers.
universe
And so, in that Greek letter that looks like a shack with a corrugated tin roof, in that elusive, irrational number with which scientists try to understand the universe, I found refuge.
doubt
I’ll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics. Doubt is useful for a while.
flustered
Her flustered explanation to Father was, “Whoever heard of a lion eating a cotton sari? I thought lions were carnivores.”
carnivore
Her flustered explanation to Father was, “Whoever heard of a lion eating a cotton sari? I thought lions were carnivores.”
altar
An altar can be used for any offerings, not just sacrifices.
Two pictures rest behind a small altar: to the side, Ganesha again, and in the centre, in a larger frame, smiling and blue-skinned, Krishna playing theflute.
vestibule
One priest was working in his office, his back turned to the bay windows, while the other was seated on a bench at a round table in the large vestibule that evidently functioned as a room for receiving visitors.
stride
He asks of demon king Bah only as much land as he can cover in three strides.
compelling
I’ll stick to my Krishna, thank you very much. I find his divinity utterly compelling.
mutter
The Son mutters, “May you never bear fruit again,” and instantly the fig tree withers.
devotion
It is a beautiful religion of brotherhood and devotion.
atheist
I’ll be honest about it. It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics.
mosque
The hill on the right, across the river from the hotel, had a Hindu temple high on its side; the hill in the middle, further away, held up a mosque; while the hill on the left was crowned with a Christian church.
unmotivated
Unmotivated, it covers four to five metres in an hour.
deviant
To speak frankly, many are sexual deviants, either terribly repressed and subject to explosions of frenzied lasciviousness or openly depraved, in either case regularly affronting management with gross outrages of free sex and incest.
acuity
On a scale of 2 to 10, where 2 represents unusual dullness and 10 extreme acuity, Beebe (1926) gave the sloth’s senses of taste, touch, sight and hearing a rating of 2, and its sense of smell a rating of 3.

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Monday November 19th 2012, 5:53 PM
Comment by: Antoinette I. (Pinetop, AZ)Top 10 Speller
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