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The First Verse

by Barry McCrea

A truly haunting examination of the power of obsession, in this case of the possibility of divination through passages in books, on a young Dublin student. Fortunately the wonderful, and totally unexpected, ending saved me from swearing off reading forever.

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As my eyes began greedily examining them for sortes, and as the giddy sensation that the room would soon spin into Paris hit me again, I thought this has to stop. Maybe Fionnula has a point, this is out of control. I sat on the bed and tried to take stock of my situation, but the room swam in a sea of fragments before my eyes. And then, the solid shape suddenly looming in the incandescent coral shades floating around me, I remembered my date on Capel Street Bridge.

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