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, shoutlines, critical acclaim all jostle for the readers 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!
The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper
About the Book:
A young Congressman stumbles on the powerful political underworld of 1950’s D.C. in this “potent thriller” (David Baldacci) and New York Times bestseller from CNN correspondent Jake Tapper.
Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. When Charlie discovers a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of governance, he has to fight not only for his principles and his newfound political career…but for his life.
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