Do you know about “the page 69 test”? The idea, floated by Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan, is that when you read page 69 of a book you know whether or not it’s for you.
In the book HOW TO READ A NOVEL, John Sutherland suggests that readers should apply the page 69 test. He argues that “Dust jackets, blurbs, shout lines, critical acclaim all jostle for the reader’s attention.” Instead, he recommends applying the McLuhan (or, page 69, test).
“Marshall McLuhan, the guru of The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962), recommends that the reader turn to page 69 of any book and read it. If you like that page, buy the book. It works.”
I thought it would be fun to test this theory and post a few from my TBR pile.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister
About the Book
For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not. In the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a woman mostly danger and ruin-unless that woman is Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with a knack for manipulation.
Descending into undercover operations, Kate is able to infiltrate the seedy side of the city in ways her fellow detectives can’t. She’s a seductress, an exotic foreign medium, or a rich train passenger, all depending on the day and the robber, thief, or murderer she’s been assigned to nab.
Inspired by the real story of Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective’s rise during one of the nation’s greatest times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.
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