MR. BROOK-SHEPHERD is an acknowledged expert on Austrian affairs. Firmly anchored to Austrian soil, the author ventures into the realm of the novel in Eagle and Unicorn (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 25s.). Perhaps more accurately, the novelette. This is in the best Viennese traditions, where operetta is more palatable than opera.
It is a pleasant romantic story, making no claim to serious literature. The author is not pretentious. He tells the story of life in Vienna during the Four-Power Occupation and he does it competently.
I could not help feeling that the story was only a vehicle hitched to the author's extensive knowledge of the country. I was lost in admiration for the detail and accuracy of the author's descriptions of Viennese life and its people: but without the reader's intimate knowledge of the country, I suspect the detail might be to the detriment of the story.