THE EAGLE AND HIS EGG
BY MARK RASCOVICH
The Eagle and His Egg is a fictional reminiscence which pays tribute to the reckless abandon, generosity of spirit and unconventionality of the author's father.
The setting is France in the period between the Great Wars (1918-1939) and the characters include: an idealistic American engineer struggling not only to assimilate but to reform the baffling nationaltraits of his adopted land; a raffish band of demobilized World War I flyers and ferocious gourmets who call themselves Les Canards Crevés (The Ruptured Ducks); an embittered old cavalry brigadier fighting his last losing rear-guard action against life and wife; a deviously enterprising lighthouse salesman; a tragic whale; and a licentious comic ghost who is finally exorcised by a pair of star-crossed lovers.
The author officially declared this a work of the imagination in order to protect the innocent, assuage the consciences of the guilty, and mollify the sensibilities of those who categorically reject the supernatural.