Looking down the list of comments, I see many sentiments that reflect my own; then there is some jackass calling itself technojoy--perhaps a bot, like so many liberals who find their favorite "racism" in a breath of wind--liberals: aka stupid mindless morons, retards.
Grisham is a terrific writer; a lawyer who practiced law and was a congressman, many of his better known novels involve plots relating to the law, but I like his stories that are different and think Calico Joe is one of his best. Playing for Pizza is also fun. That is what Skipping Christmas is--fun. It is light (but in many ways right on target) humor truly removing the covering of human foibles. Like National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation which my kids and I have watched dozens of times each Christmas Season, Skipping Christmas is a classic.
I think we've all thought about skipping Christmas, one time or another. This story was amusing, and I found myself laughing out loud on occasion. A quick read with a cup of tea over the holidays.
I actually consider this short novel an oldie but a goodie. It's a quick read, and you will laugh out loud!
The Kranks plan to skip Christmas this year. No decorations, no Christmas tree and certainly no Christmas parties. They're looking forward to spending their holiday on a relaxing cruise soaking up the sun.
That is, until the neighbors find out. The result is an all out revolt by their neighbors who will not accept the idea of the Kranks skipping Christmas this year!
A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book is a humorous story about a couple that decided to forego the celebration of Christmas. Although they have concrete reasons for choosing not to observe the "Holidays", they find that their neighbours do not agree with their decision. In fact, Luther and Nora Krank live in a neighbourhood that is obsessive about the traditions and festivities of Christmas and the holiday season. Comedy ensues as they try to avoid these well-meaning but purposeful people. Ultimately, circumstances change and at the last moment the Kranks find themselves desperate to host their annual Christmas party. This creates numerous humorous scenarios and readers will laugh out loud! Deeper lessons about neighbourhood relations, acceptance, forgiveness, selfless giving and the true meaning of Christmas are presented in this story. I loved this book! Although out of season, novels that offer genuine laughter and a touching theme are timeless and can be enjoyed anytime."
Most of us can’t help avoiding the yearly Christmas frenzy. Although we dream about coming into the holiday season with calm serenity, invariably we are caught up in the endless sea of parties, Christmas shopping, gift wrapping, and decorating. What if our dreams for a quiet holiday actually became a reality?
That’s what happens to Luther and Nora Krank. After sending their daughter, Blair, off to the Peace Corps, the couple realizes there is no longer the need to put on a big Christmas extravaganza! They refuse to put up a Christmas tree and theirs is the only house on Hemlock Street without a lighted plastic snowman precariously clinging to the front of their chimney. This year, there will be no Christmas Eve party at the Krank household, either. Even buying gifts is put on the back burner. In place of their typical Christmas traditions, Luther books a Caribbean cruise for his wife and himself.
However, the Kranks’ plans suddenly go awry when Blair surprises her parents by returning to the states – and with a fiancé doctor in tow, too! Frantically, Nora Krank attempts to assemble a delicious Christmas dinner out of basically nothing and manages to come up with little better than smoked trout. Luther pleads with his neighbor to borrow their Christmas tree while they’re out of town and nearly slides off the roof attempting to wrestle the plastic Frosty onto his slippery roof.
Nevertheless, the true Christmas spirit is revealed when Luther decides to donate the tickets for their Christmas cruise to his neighbor and wife, who is dying of cancer. Despite their differences, the Kranks’ neighbors ban together to help assemble a Christmas Blair will be proud of.
We are a part of our traditions and they define us in a thousand tiny ways. In shedding them, we lose a little of ourselves. By celebrating and remembering them, however, we achieve everything we ever wanted.
Great book for christmas, it was entertaining and a fun read.
Readable, but just. The casual racism and classism bothered me. This is the second book I've read by this author, and I'm not likely to read another.
Entertaining, but not amazingly so.
A cute fast read and Grisham caught the typical mind set of many people.
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