If you mean
the first edition (aka the pink camel), described in 1991 as "an authoritative guide to the hottest new UNIX utility in years", you'll be about 15 years behind the curve. Though a wonderful and treasured historical work, this first edition describes a Perl without references, without modules, from a prehistoric era before the CPAN roamed the Earth.
Therefore, I strongly encourage you to buy the latest
third edition instead.
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