IELTS speaking part 2 cue card example
Describe a book that had a major influence on you
You should say:
What the name of the book is & who the author is
How you first heard of the book
What the main story of the book is
Explain why it played such an important role in your life.
Whenever I get time, I try to read books and the ranges vary from profession related books, technical, religious, fiction, classic and contemporary books. The book I would like to describe is a novel called ‘Kane and Abel’ and is written by the famous British writer Jeffrey Archer. Sometimes I read book reviews on the internet and after reading 2/3 of the books by Jeffrey archer, I tried to get the list of all his books. I found that most of the Jeffrey Archer fans recommended the book ‘Kane & Abel’. Some people even commented that this is the best book ever written by him. At that very moment I made up my mind to read this book. After one month or so, I bought the book from a bookstore and started reading it.
The book was first published in 1979 in the United Kingdom and in the USA in 1980. The book was an international bestseller and reached number 1 on the New York Times best-selling book list. The story starts with the birth of two infants named Kane and Abel in the year 1906. One of them was born to a life of prosperity and ease in a wealthy family in the USA, while the other one to a world of hardship and struggle. On different sides of the Globes, they grew up: one shaped by luxurious upbringing and, fine schooling, the other lost his mother at the time of his birth and did not know who his father was, well tempered by war, slavery and history.
The story telling of Jeffrey Archer is magical and enchanting. Most of his story simply mesmerizes the readers and for Kane and Abel the attraction worked even more. Every page I turned tempted me to read further. Not for a single moment could I have stopped thinking about the events and characters of the book and that had a major influence on me. The characters have their own charismatic powers and followed their own paths. On their journey in life, they confront each other and become arch enemies. In their relentless battle, both men knew that there could only be one victor- and one vanquished.
Across three generations and around a rapidly changing world, their war rages unchecked, for the love of a dream, the loss of an empire, and the lure of a fortune. Kane became the owner of the largest bank in the USA while Abel came to the USA as a penniless emigrant after the World War I. With intelligence Kane started flourishing in the banking business, while Abel made his fortune at last in the Hotel business. The first time they confronted each other as a bank owner and a debtor. Though Kane wanted to help Abel regain his business by financing further, but could not do so because of the bank’s board members’ decision. After that, Abel considered Kane as his greatest enemy and sought to destroy him. As time passed both had to fight their own fates but the vendetta remained in their hearts. When both men finally grew older, their son and daughter fell in love and got married. They never accepted the marriage because of their personal hatred of each other. Abel succeeded to buy the bank stocks of Kane’s Bank to hold the power to veto Kane. At the end of the story both confronted each other for the second and last time. After that Kane died and after his death, Abel learned that it was Kane who backed him financially to start his hotel business. The story unfolds slowly, keeping it mysterious and you glued to the pages. It is a powerful portrait of a world and two men that a reader will never forget.
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