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Describe a story or a novel that was particularly interesting to you

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


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.


  • classic: [adjective] accepted as being one of the best or most important of its type.
    Example: The story of Romeo and Juliet is a classic tale of love and revenge.
  • come across: [phrasal verb] to meet or find somebody or something by chance.
    Example: Yesterday, I came across some old photographs in a drawer.
  • hard-cover: [adjective] with a stiff cover which does not bend.
    Example: The hard-cover version of the book is expensive, so I am waiting for the paperback version to be published.
  • caught my eye: [expression] attracted my attention.
    Example: As I looked at the shop window, a dark blue jacket caught my eye.
  • right after: [adverb] immediately after.
    Example: Yesterday, I spoke to the teacher right after the class.
  • appeal to: [phrasal verb] attract or interest someone.
    Example: The company’s new website is designed to appeal to people of all ages.
  • bruises: [noun] blue or brown marks that appear on your body after you have fallen or been hit.
    Example: After the accident, he suffered some cuts and bruises as a result of falling on to the ground.
  • came up to me: [phrasal verb] approached me.
    Example: After the match, a journalist came up to me and asked my opinion about the result.
  • calmed me down: [phrasal verb] made me less angry.
    Example: I was angry with the boy and I wanted to hit him, but the teacher calmed me down by telling the boy to apologise for what he had done.
  • on my way: [expression] going.
    Example: I am on my way to the park – do you want to come?
  • own up: [phrasal verb] admit that you are responsible for something bad or wrong.
    Example: When the teacher collected our homework, I had to own up and explain that I had not finished it.


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