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By Leonard Wibberley | Comments: ( 723 ) | Date: ( Jul 06, 2020 )

The basis of the 1959 film starring Peter Sellers, this classic cold war satire cum parable cum political farce was first serialized in the Saturday Evening Post almost 50 years ago, appearing under the title The Day New York Was Invaded At the time, the U.S was afraid of a nuclear attack by Russia the idea of an attack by a small country was so absurd as to seem comicThe basis of the 1959 film starring Peter Sellers, this classic cold war satire cum parable cum political farce was first serialized in the Saturday Evening Post almost 50 years ago, appearing under the title The Day New York Was Invaded At the time, the U.S was afraid of a nuclear attack by Russia the idea of an attack by a small country was so absurd as to seem comical Wibberley s tiny European nation is furious about unfair U.S trading practices, so they send an army to invade New York City, march up Broadway, and accidentally capture the world s newest and most destructive bomb Then they have to figure out what to do with it A whimsical cross between Kubrick and Kafka, The Mouse That Roared is a quirky classic of world literature, a poignant tale of political morality, and a hilarious, ultimately triumphant portrait of international relations from the perspective of the little guy.

  • Title: The Mouse That Roared
  • Author: Leonard Wibberley
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 243
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback

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Leonard Wibberley

Also wrote under the pseudonyms Patrick O Connor, Christopher Webb and Leonard Holton

Comments The Mouse That Roared

  • Melki

    "There's only one method of getting money from another nation that is recognized by tradition as honorable," Tully said, solemnly."What is it?" asked the Duchess . . ."War," he said."War!" echoed Gloriana, in astonishment."War," repeated Tully. "We could declare war on the United States."The tiny Duchy of Grand Fenwick is hurting for money. Their plan is to start a war with the U.S lose, and then receive some subsidy from the American government.So, here they come to sort-of-conquer us, twenty-t [...]

  • Henry Avila

    The tiny English speaking Duchy of Grand Fenwick, located in the Alps, may not seem very important. Just three miles wide and five long.But to the proud inhabitants,all 6,000 of them, it's still paradise on Earth. Founded in 1370 by an English knight Roger Fenwick(Sir Roger if you valued your life in his presence!). Trouble begins when their only export Pinot wine is threatened by a copycat from California( I understand a very inferior product).Grand Duchess Gloriana XII, direct descendant of Ro [...]

  • Rebecca McNutt

    I loved everything about this book, from the daring main character to the author's clever use of wit and humor. I'll be seeing the film soon and I hope it can live up to the book! :)

  • Wendy

    I quite liked it.I'm not an expert on satire, and to be honest, it generally goes over my head. I did get a few chuckles out of it, though--it's not exactly Wodehouse, but it was still delightfully ridiculous at some points, appealing to my sense of humor. I also appreciated the book's morality. It aligned very much with my own, naïve as it may seem. I wish this would have happened in real life, in fact.Not for everyone, as with anything, but a good, quick, worthy read.

  • Beverly

    A silly look at what would happen if the smallest country in the world took on the U.S. They want the U.S. to beat them so we could poor money into their economy and help them beef up their country, along the lines of the Marshall Plan.

  • Charles

    I should give it 2 and a half stars. I didn't find it all that funny but it was well written. I'm just a very hard sell for humor.

  • Kyle

    This book is hilarious. Unfortunately it's also out of print, and so difficult to track down. Luckily I managed to find a copy in a local used book store, and I read it very quickly.I first heard of the movie version of this book many years ago when I was still in high school, and a friend told me about this movie where a small nation invades America and wins, even though they only had spears and things, because nobody took them seriously. I thought it sounded funny, but she didn't know the name [...]

  • Alice

    Hysterically funnyThe miniscule Duchery of Grand Fenwick is suffering from a population explosion (4000 to 6000 people), financial woes (Their Pinot is being copied and undersold by a California Winery), and is no longer self sufficient after 600 years of existence. What to do? Declaring war on America is the only honorable decision.Thus begins one of the funniest book series of the Cold War period. Made into a movie with Peter Sellers which is definitely worth viewing, the book still contains a [...]

  • Nick Hannon

    The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberley is a satirical book that is set during the Cold War or during the time of massive nuclear arms build up. The story begins in the small nation of the Grand Duchy of Fenwick which has detached itself from the world for nearly six centuries. The country is in need of money and they come up with a plan to get the money by going to war with the United States. Even though they plan to lose the Grand Duchy of Fenwick becomes the most powerful country in the wo [...]

  • Colleen

    Hurray! There's more of these! I admit to myself I was skeptical, hopeful but skeptical. How funny or topical or still relevant today could 1955 Cold War satire be? And it turns out very to all three and I think only shows its age in a few spots. It's a nice merge of fantasy and reality--the possibility I think of a tiny country comprised of English longbowmen mercenaries who claimed that territory in the 14th century because no one else wanted it, where they still use long bows and wear heraldi [...]

  • Benjamin Wallace

    Just as I suspected. Peter Sellers was not in this book. Stick to the movie.

  • Mal Warwick

    Maybe it's a mistake to reread books I loved as a kid. Recently, I've done that with several—and found myself disappointed. Just now I've had a similar (if less extreme) experience with a 1955 bestseller about nuclear madness, The Mouse That Roared, by the Irish-American writer Leonard Wibberley. The book was the first in a series of five comic novels, but it made a bigger splash four years later when Peter Sellers starred in a popular film adaptation of the same name. And that may be the prob [...]

  • Sierra Abrams

    yearningtoread/Grand Fenwick is a little known country near France, a small duchy that has flourished for centuries because of their popular wine company. Recently, however, the wine business has failed to bring in enough money to live on.  There are those who wish to dilute the wine, and others who are against this notion. Both parties continue to argue over the outcome until a grand scheme is devised: small, itty bitty Grand Fenwick will declare war on the U.S. - attack, lose, and then rece [...]

  • Van

    The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberley is a satirical novel about the Cold War. The plot centers on the fictional country of Grand Fenwick and the exploits of its inhabitants. In the story, Grand Fenwick is the world’s smallest country. Yet, through the actions of a few devoted citizens it wins a war against the United States, captures the world’s most powerful weapon, and eventually brings an end to the Cold War.This book has several important attributes that make it enjoyable. First, [...]

  • Bettie☯

    Film trailer The story reminds me of the independence of a suburb of London, also a film (black and white) - any clues to the title anyone?LATER - when walking my long-nosed, hairy thing in the woods, it came to me Passport to PimlicoBlurb - Mark McDonnell and Steven McNicoll's dramatisation of Leonard Wibberley's famous comic novel. It is 1956, and the Cold War is at its chilliest. But one European country is blissfully detached from the struggles of the Super Powers. The Duchy of Grand Fenwick [...]

  • Toe

    Objective SummaryThe Duchy of Grand Fenwick achieved its independence circa 1402 and remained free ever since. Five miles long by three miles wide, it is nestled near France and Switzerland in the Alps. Its only export is a fine wine, known as Pinot Grand Fenwick. With a population of about 5,000 people, Grand Fenwick’s technological progress and economy stagnated over the centuries. To feed its people, a debate emerged as to whether the Grand Fenwickians should dilute their wine with 10% wate [...]

  • Ron

    A tiny European principality, no bigger than some moderate farms, feels slighted by the marketing strategy of an American vinter, invades New York and defeats the Unites States at the height of the Cold War.The story is so absurd that it can't be anything but a brilliant political satire. Written in 1955 it uses the general madness of nuclear deterrent, global fiscal policies and the political uncertainties and moral certainties which haunted the world at that time to deliver a scathing as well [...]

  • Vivienne

    I had read this classic Cold War satire when I was a teenager while the Cold War was still ongoing. At the time it provided light relief to what were real fears of nuclear war. So it was fun to revisit when it was chosen as the February selection for our reading group. We all enjoyed it and discussed the issues the story highlighted and the historical background. While written sixty years ago it still worked well and provided plenty of comedy though in the time since the United States had certai [...]

  • Jasmine

    this is a really fun book, really good I recommend it. It was written as a serial and you can tell when you read it because it feels like dispatches in a newspaper. But it is also really well thought out, there aren't the type of plot holes you would expect in a book of this kind. On the other hand it does read as dated which is weird since in theory it is not at all dated. But it is as good as the play.

  • Christopher Roth

    Having only dimly remembered seeing the movie long long ago, and having never read anything by Wibberley other than Encounter near Venus, a strange H.G. Wells ripoff-I-mean-tribute, for children (now an out-of-print rarity), which haunted me after I read it in grade school, I was surprised at how genuinely witty it is. I may pick up some of the other "Mouse" novels if I come across them.

  • Fishface

    An endearing little story about how an obscure European duchy upsets the Cold-War-Era balance of power, holds the world hostage and generally sets things to rights by taking possession of a shoebox. Not as hysterically funny as I was led to expect, but a good read.

  • Pamela

    An oldie that always pleases!

  • Paul

    A great fairy tale about nuclear disarmament and politics in general. Found this 1956 hardback edition in great shape at Goodwill. Huzzah! It's a keeper.

  • Betawolf

    _The Mouse That Roared_, also known as _The Wrath of Grapes_, is a joke that was fleshed out slightly too much. The initial premise is that a small, backwards European duchy decides to solve their economic woes by declaring war on the United States. Their aim is for there to be a relatively bloodless defeat, followed by extensive reparations from the victorious US. The alternative title comes from the _causus belli_ they adopt for their war -- the imitation of their local wine by a cheap America [...]

  • Mario

    It's not a bad book, really, but the story is far more a product of its time than I was looking for. It is obviously set during the Cold War (as it was contemporaneous), but it isn't the historicity that bothers me, rather it's the book's worldview. It's possible to write a book set in the present or even the past but have the message and philosophy underpinning the story be timeless and universal, and that's not what you get here. What you get is a very naïve understanding of global affairs of [...]

  • Tommy Verhaegen

    Geen seks, weinig geweld, 1 dode held (maar geen treurende nabestaanden). Van bij het begin wordt een hoog humorgehalte in vele vormen, satire, subtiel, dubbele bodems, hilarisch, gehandhaafd. Met meer dan een duidelijke knipoog naar de wereldpolitiek zonder een standpunt in te nemen, enkel wijzend op de absurditeit ervan.De goeden zijn aardige karakters en de slechten eigenlijk ook. Slecht is relatief, je herkent ze niet aan de witte hoed maar wel aan hun bombastische karakter, ijdelheid, werel [...]

  • Jeremy

    An entertaining farce from a bygone era when Americans trusted in the goodness of our own nation. It’s a reminder of how far we’ve strayed from those days and how cynical we are about the role of our country in the world. Are we a force for good or evil? In a nutshell, here is the prevailing view from the 1950’s: “There is no more profitable and sound step for a nation without money or credit to take, than to declare war on the United States and suffer a total defeat.”

  • Brant

    A delightful, fast-paced, Cold War-era satire that pokes fun at America's foreign policy, obsession with technology and weapons, and alarmist tendencies. I recommend reading at least the first 10 chapters.

  • Maureen O'Brien O'Reilly

    this book is hilarious. so much wit! enjoyed better today than when read in high school. it is pertinent too small countries without nuclear weapons want big countries with them to disarm. In fact the UN just adopted such a treaty this summer.

  • Karen

    Um, wow. This was absolutely fantastic. Loved the writing style - similar feel to Adams and Pratchett for me. Loved the characters and the overall plausible implausibility of it all. Highly recommended.

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