Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won't be hosting ...
Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded shops, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on the street without a rooftop Frosty the snowman; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences - and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined. A classic tale for modern times, Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition.
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This a quick and fun read with an almost farce like quality. It tells of small town/community politics that could equally apply to an English Village and reassesses what celebrations like Christmas are about, or for, without being heavy or too serious. A good bedtime read and perhaps a good Christmas present for someone who doesn't take Christmas too seriously (or even someone who does!).
Dorothy C H
Mar 3, 2011
vital pre-christmas reading
A great laugh and absolutely necessary reading around November each year to remind us of the absurdity we all get trapped into leading up to Christmas. A well crafted balance between skepticism of the over-commercialization of the season and the very real benefits of close neighbours. A very welcome other side to Grisham.
Feb 11, 2010
xmas or not?
skipping christmas seems at first to be a simple story about a couple who want to change an established routine that they and their neighbours have established over the years. but as this story unwraps, the ripples their actions cause to themselves and their friends and neighbours are quite startling and unexpected, and really well told in a concise, brisk story. read it and be surprised-it will make you think x2 before changing tradition!
Feb 4, 2010
A pleasant, gentle read. Different from his usual plot-lines. I enjoyed it.
May 3, 2009
Amazing (avoid the movie)
This book is really fascinating & is definitely a nice change of pace from Grisham's thrilling law novels. Drastically different than the movie, this book is far superior in every way. It is relatively short & great for a plane ride or long night.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-11-05 For all its clever curmudgeonly edge and minor charms, no way does this Christmas yarn from Grisham rank with A Christmas Carol, as the publisher claims. Nor does it rank with Grisham's own best work. The premise is terrific, as you'd expect from Grisham. Fed up with the commercial aspects of Christmas, particularly all the money spent, and alone for the holiday for the first time in decades (their daughter has just joined the Peace Corps), grumpy Luther Krank and his sweeter wife, Nora, decide to skip Christmas this year to forgo the gifts, the tree, the decorations, the cards, the parties and to spend the dollars saved on a 10-day Caribbean cruise. But as clever as this setup is, its elaboration is ho-hum. There's a good reason why nearly all classic Christmas tales rely on an element of fantasy, for, literarily at least, Christmas is a time of miracles. Grisham sticks to the mundane, however, and his story lacks magic for that. He does a smartly entertaining job of satirizing the usual Christmas frenzy, as Luther and Nora resist entreaties from various charities as well as increasing pressure from their neighbors (all sharply drawn, recognizable members of the generic all-American burb, the book's setting) to do up their house in the traditional way, including installing the giant Frosty that this year adorns the roof of every home on the block except theirs. And when something happens that prompts the Kranks to jump back into Christmas at the last minute, Grisham does slip in a celebration of the real spirit of Christmas, to the point of perhaps squeezing a tear or two from his most sentimental readers (even if he comes uncomfortably close to It's a Wonderful Life to do so). But it's too little, too late. The misanthropy in this short novel makes a good antidote to the more cloying Christmas tales, and the book is fun to read. To compare it to Dickens, however, is...humbug. 1.5-million first printing. (On-sale Nov. 6) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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