The Book of Sand

the book of sandArgentinean writer Jorge Borges is well known for connecting things that don’t seem real or possible with philosophy and religion. In this story a man who loves books trades a very expensive family Bible for a strange book that he cannot understand, and which seems to have a never ending number of pages.

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anchor(n: anchor pl anchors) A heavy device (often with points which dig into the sea-bed) that is attached to a boat or ship by a rope or chain and that is thrown into the water to hold the boat or ship in one position. The ship dropped anchor as soon as it came into the harbor. 5000

basement(n: basement pl basements) A part of a building that is below or partly below the ground. Also called a 'cellar'. 3000

blond(n: blond pl blonds) A person who has yellow or very light brown hair. 5000
The word is always spelled blond when used for a boy or man, but it is commonly spelled blonde when used for a girl or woman.

(n: column pl columns) 1. A long post made of wood, steel, stone, etc., that is used as a support in a building. The front of the building had beautiful marble columns. 2. A group of printed or written items (such as numbers or words) shown one under the other down a page. Add the first column of numbers. 3. A vertical section of a page of print. The book has two columns per page. 3000

building columns number columns

desert(n: desert pl deserts) An area of very dry land that is usually covered with sand and is very hot. Many settlers died while trying to cross the desert. 3000

devil(n: devil pl devils) The most powerful spirit of evil; The ruler of Hell; Satan. 3000
(adj: devilish) Looking or acting like a devil; wicked, evil.

evil(n: evil, noncount) The force of things that are morally bad. He believed that the world was full of evil.
(n: evil pl evils) Something that is harmful or causes injury to someone. They were talking about the evils of alcohol.
(adj: evil, eviler, evilest) Very bad; wicked; sinful. 3000

fear(n: fear pl fears) A feeling of being scared or worried about something dangerous or unpleasant that could happen. Unable to walk the streets without fear of being robbed. Employees expressed fears that the company would go out of business.
(n: fear, noncount) A feeling of respect and wonder for something very powerful. Fear of God. 2000

holy(adj: holy, holier, holiest) 1. To do with a god or a religion. 2. Religious and morally good; following the rules of religion. 2000

infinite(adj: infinite) Having no limits; endless. Scientists believe that the universe is infinite. 5000

knock(v: knock, knocks, knocked, knocking) To make a loud, sharp noise by hitting or tapping something [especially a door to get someone to open it]. 1000

magnify(v: magnify, magnifies, magnified, magnifying) To cause something to appear or be bigger or greater. 4000
(n: magnifying glass pl magnifying glasses) A specially shaped piece of glass that is attached to a handle and used to make an object look larger than it is.

mask(n: mask pl masks) A covering worn on the face to change or hide what you look like. 3000

retire(v: retire, retires, retired, retiring) To stop working because you have reached the age when you are not allowed to work anymore or do not need or want to work anymore. People usually retire between ages 60 and 65.
(n: retirement, noncount) 1. The act of retiring from work. It is not long till his retirement. 2. A person's life after retiring from work. He's enjoying his retirement. 2000

rupee(n: rupee pl rupees) The basic unit of money in some Asian countries including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 11000

secret(adj: secret) Kept hidden from others; known to only a few people.
(n: secret pl secrets) A fact or piece of information that is kept hidden from other people. Their marriage is a secret. 2000

steal(v: steal, steals, stole, stolen, stealing) To take (something) from the owner in a way that is wrong or against the law. (ขโมย) 3000

suitcase(n: suitcase pl suitcases) A large (usually rectangular) case that you use to carry your clothing and belongings when you are traveling. (กระเป๋าโดยสาร) 4000

treasure(n: treasure pl treasures) 1. Something valuable (such as money, jewels, gold, or silver) that is hidden or kept in a safe place. (ขุมทรัพย์) 2. Something very special, important, or valuable. (ของมีค่า) 2000

trust(v: trust, trusts, trusted, trusting) To believe that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc; to have confidence or faith in (someone or something).
(n: trust, noncount) Belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc. 1000

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