Describe a story or a novel that was particularly interesting to you- IELTS Cue Card Sample 47
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Describe a story or a novel that was particularly interesting to you
You should say:
- What the story/novel is
- What it is about
- Why you find it interesting
Sample Answer 1
Here is the sample for “Describe a story or a novel that was particularly interesting to you” topic:
I am a huge bookworm. I like collecting books and spending hours reading them. So, recently, I read The Great Gatsby, which is written about F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The story of the book is set in Jazz Age New York. It talks about the tragic story of Jay Gatsby, who is a self-made millionaire. The novel talks about his pursuit of Daisy Buchanan, a wealthy young lady. Nick Carraway, who is a Yale graduate from the Midwest, moves to New York and narrates this story. Nick talks about the events of the summer that he spent in the East two years later. He has reconstructed his story through several flashbacks. The book vividly demonstrates the historical moments, such as the economic boom of postwar America, the free-flowing illegal liquor, the new jazz music, and more.
What’s more interesting is that Fitzgerald regarded The Great Gatsby as one such book that was his biggest achievement. However, it was unsuccessful – both commercially and critically – when it was published. It did not take much time to get things moving. And, today, it is regarded as one of the best classics of American fiction and has been tagged as the Great American Novel. I like history-oriented books a bit more than other genres. Therefore, I liked the way the story is portrayed and the instances shown in this book.
Sample Answer 2
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I would like to talk about my favorite classic novel called The Godfather, which is written by a well-known Italian author, Mario Puzo. I came across this novel when I was trying to find a dictionary at a bookstore. It was published in hard-cover version and there was a colourful illustration on the front which caught my eye.
At first, although I was not much impressed by the novel’s preview, I still bought it and started to read the story right after getting home. Surprisingly, the more I read “The Godfather”, the more it appealed to me. This novel told the story of an Italian imaginary character named Vito Corleone, who was a mafia boss in America after World War I. What attracted me in this story was the way the author described Vito’s tricks to survive in a chaotic society.
Thanks to this novel, I learned a lot about the course of American history in that lawless period. After finishing this book, I read some more novels by Mario Puzo and they were all fascinating. I realize that reading books is a good way to gain knowledge; therefore, everyone should get into the habit of reading.
Here are the vocabularies for “Describe a story or a novel that was particularly interesting to you” with examples:
- Classic:Accepted as being one of the best or most important of its type.
Eg: The story of Romeo and Juliet is a classic tale of love and revenge.
- Come across: To meet or find somebody or something by chance.
Eg: Yesterday, I came across some old photographs in a drawer.
- Hard-cover: With a stiff cover that does not bend.
Eg: The hard-cover version of the book is expensive, so I am waiting for the paperback version to be published.
- Caught my eye: Attracted my attention.
Eg: As I looked at the shop window, a dark blue jacket caught my eye.
- Right after: Immediately after.
Eg: Yesterday, I spoke to the teacher right after the class.
- Appeal to: Attract or interest someone.
Eg: The company‟s new website is designed to appeal to people of all ages.
- Chaotic:Confused and without any order.
Eg: At busy times, the traffic situation is chaotic in New York.
- Lawless: Where laws do not exist or are not obeyed.
Eg: Chicago was known as a lawless city, controlled by gangsters and the mafia.
- Fascinating: Very interesting.
Eg: She has written a fascinating book about the history of crime in America.
- Get into the habit of: Do something regularly, so that you do it almost without thinking.
Eg: My sister has got into the habit of turning on the TV when she arrives home.