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. This month I will be featuring all Nonfiction Titles.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Howard’s End is On The Landing by Susan Hill
About the Book:
Early one autumn afternoon in pursuit of an elusive book on her shelves, Susan Hill encountered dozens of others that she had never read, or forgotten she owned, or wanted to read for a second time. The discovery inspired her to embark on a year-long voyage through her books, forsaking new purchases in order to get to know her own collection again.
A book which is left on a shelf for a decade is a dead thing, but it is also a chrysalis, packed with the potential to burst into new life. Wandering through her house that day, Hill’s eyes were opened to how much of that life was stored in her home, neglected for years. Howard’s End is on the Landing charts the journey of one of the nation’s most accomplished authors as she revisits the conversations, libraries and bookshelves of the past that have informed a lifetime of reading and writing.
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