The Countenance Divine


Michael Hughes

First Sentence:     One Sunday morning, at the end of the twentieth century, on Brick Lane market in London, a computer programmer called Chris Davison found an odd little thing.

Back of the book: 

In 1999 a programmer is trying to fix the millennium bug, but can’t shake the sense he’s been chosen for something.

In 1888 five women are brutally murdered in the East End by a troubled young man in thrall to a mysterious master.

In 1777 an apprentice engraver called William Blake has a defining spiritual experience; thirteen years later this vision returns.

And in 1666 poet and revolutionary John Milton completes the epic for which he will be remembered centuries later.

But where does the feeling come from that the world is about to end?

Quote from the book:

He knew that any closed system left alone would eventually tend to decay. […] Just to keep things as they are, you have to constantly improve them.

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Last Sentence:     They walked into the light.