IELTS Cue Card # 184 - Describe a book you have recently read
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IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.
Describe a book you have recently read.
You should say:
- what the book is
- who wrote the book
- what the book is about
and explain how much you enjoyed reading this book.
Model Answer 1:
I believe that there are only a few people today who don’t know A.P.J Abdul Kalam as one of the most brilliant minds and inspirational figures of the 21st century. Needless to say, I also like this prominent figure who was the 11th president of India. He had also written some famous books. Today I would like to talk about one of his famous books which I have recently read.
The name of this book is “Forge Your Future”. Originally published in October 2014, it has been acclaimed as one the most inspirational books of all time all over the world. The contents of this book are unique in the sense that it is based on the mails and the questions which were asked by several people all over the country to Mr Abdul kalam. On the other hands, Mr Kalam, as usual, in his own beautiful, simple yet without missing the point, gave solutions to the most complex questions that every young person go through in their lives.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to suggest that this book is a complete package or encyclopedia of all kinds of problems from individual to the nation, and Mr Kalam gave practical solutions to every problem based on the experiences and struggles of his own life. In fact, the message of this book is if a person like him can become educated, a prominent nuclear scientist and eventually the president of a great country like India, even after growing up on an isolated island of south India with sorts of obstacles, then anybody else can attain success with some effort.
I enjoyed reading this book primarily because it much relates to regular persons like me. Besides, I really enjoyed the way the author chose his words in a very simple way to explain some of the toughest of the problems, any person or nation can face. All in all, it is one of the most inspirational books I have ever read because these days, I also say that “yes, I can do it too”.
Sample Answer 2:
The book I have recently finished and enjoyed so much is called "The Fortunate Pilgrim", and I would like to talk about it for this topic.
It is a novel by Mario Puzo which was first published in the year 1965. The writer Mario Puzo is well-known for his famous mafia book "The Godfather". He, nevertheless, received numerous positive reviews for his book "The Fortunate Pilgrim". The writer had developed the story of this novel based on his mother's immigration struggling for respectability in the United States. Mario Puzo himself considered this novel to be his finest though Godfather earned him much more fame and earning.
The novel tells the story of an immigrant family living in New York City. The mother of the family, Lucia Santa is the protagonist of it. It is her formidable will that steers the family members through the Great Depression and early years of World War II. The story, events, and the characters become so real that the readers can't stop wondering about them even when they are not reading. The writer had been able to tell an ordinary story extraordinarily. It makes us feel and relate the characters, their happiness, sorrows and sufferings in our lives, and that's why the characters and stories got the power to keep readers awake the whole night. Mario Puzo has shown literacy excellence in this story and it will keep on surprising readers in the coming decades.
I liked the book very much and finished it within 3 days. I have always been a great admirer of Puzo's writing style, and "The Fortunate Pilgrim" was a bit different from his famous mafia books. It touches the reader's mind, keeps them wondering and tells them an amazing story. So, I had every valid reason to enjoy this book to a great extent.
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