If your file is not terribly huge and/or you have enough memory, this is an alternative solution:
local $/ = '';
$file = <DATA>;
$file =~ s/\\\n/ /gs;
my @lines = split /\n/, $file;
say for @lines;
Second line (part1)\
Second line (first continuation)\
Second line (second continuation)
Third line (part1)\
Third line (first continuation)\
Third line (second continuation)
Fourth line (part1)\
Fourth line (first continuation)\
Fourth line (second continuation)
Second line (part1) Second line (first continuation) Second line (seco
Third line (part1) Third line (first continuation) Third line (second
Fourth line (part1) Fourth line (first continuation) Fourth line (seco
A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James
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