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The Mouse That Roared by Leonard Wibberley

The Mouse That Roared (original 1955; edition 1966)

by Leonard Wibberley

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Title:The Mouse That Roared
Authors:Leonard Wibberley
Info:bantam books special edition (1966), Paperback
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Tags:Literary Fiction, Comedy, Satire

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The Mouse that Roared by Leonard Wibberley (1955)


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This humorous novel is set in the tiny fictional Grand Duchy of Fenwick, an Alpine state which declares war against the United States after a Californian company produces a knock off version of the wine which is the tiny state's sole source of revenue. The war has an unexpected conclusion that gives the Duchy a unique opportunity to make an impact on the world stage and influence the nuclear arms race of the great powers (the book was written and set in the 1950s). While very funny and almost absurd in its plotting, the book has through satire some serious points to make about the mutually assured destruction doctrine of the Cold War and of the relations between big states and small states. It was made into a film starring Peter Sellers playing the three leading roles in the book (two male and one female). There are three sequels and one prequel, which I will probably also read. ( )
  john257hopper | Apr 20, 2016 |
The movie starring Peter Sellers is also a fun romp if you like zany, improbable stories...When a tiny country attacks the USA hoping to fail (so they can clean up on the aid dollars provided to losers), the fun starts... ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
I loved this book! ( )
  NatalieSW | Jan 1, 2015 |
Still classic story of the small Grand Duchy of Fenwick invading the United States in order to quickly lose the war and gain a lot of financial aid. Things don't go quite as planned.... This was made into an excellent film with Peter Sellers, in which he plays multiple parts, including the Grand Duchess (but not as a beautiful young girl as in the book; even Sellers couldn't pull that one off.)

Highly highly recommended. A true must read. ( )
  datrappert | May 31, 2011 |
A tiny little nation decides that its best chance for survival is to take on the worlds most powerful country and then lose. Here is a hilarious satire of post WWII politics that is more lighthearted than finger wagging. Hilarious images, mostly having to do with the contrast between a society that hasn't advanced far past the medieval era and the US of the early 50s, are scattered throughout the book. Short and sweet, this is a great book to pick up when you're looking for a good, distracting chuckle. ( )
  bokai | Jan 9, 2010 |
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Dedicated to all the little nations who over the centuries have done what they could to attain and preserve their freedom. It is from one of them that I am sprung.

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The duchy of Grand Fenwick lies in a precipitous fold of the northern Alps and embraces in its tumbling landscape portions of three valleys, a river, one complete mountain with an elevation of two thousand feet and a castle.
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A shorter version of The Mouse that Roared appeared in The Saturday Evening Post under the title "The Day New York Was Invaded."
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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 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.

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