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Skipping Christmas (original 2001; edition 2004)

by John Grisham

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Title:Skipping Christmas
Authors:John Grisham
Info:Dell (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 227 pages
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Well, Luther and Nora THOUGHT they'd be skipping Christmas when their daughter went to Peru, but were they ever wrong! ( )
  nancynova | Mar 29, 2014 |
A hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that often times surround the Christmas holidays. Luther and Nora Krank decided that this one time they will skip the holiday and go on a Caribbean cruise. However, it isn't as easy as they thought...............
  SABC | Mar 16, 2014 |
"He yanked his foot upward and slung dirty water on his pants leg, and standing at the curb with two frozen feet and the bell clanging away and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" blaring from the loudspeaker and the sidewalk blocked by revelers, Luther began to hate Christmas."

I'd heard of Christmas with the Kranks (but never seen it - thank heavens, if the trailer's anything to go by), and a customer told me the original novel was a great festive read, so I thought I'd give it a go. Sadly it was... well, pretty crap actually, especially when you consider that John Grisham is a bestselling legal thriller writer. It's basically about a couple whose daughter is away for Christmas for the very first time. They decide to blow off the festive season altogether and go on a Caribbean cruise instead - but their neighbours aren't going to let them off the hook that easily, and a surprise phone call ends up causing absolute chaos. It could have been a great little novel (and a FUNNY one - there isn't much to laugh at here despite the promised humour), but as it happens I didn't like most of the characters and the festivity was mostly limited to one surprisingly moving moment near the end, which redeemed the book a tiny bit by making me well up. I was also, for the record, really bothered by Luther and Nora's apparent preoccupation with whether their daughter's new boyfriend was going to be 'dark'. WTF, GRISHAM?

The verdict? Not impressed at all - save your money, there are too many fun Christmassy reads out there to waste your time and cash on this one! ( )
  elliepotten | Jan 15, 2014 |
bookshelves: published-2001, north-americas, fraudio, winter-20132014, amusing, shortstory-shortstories-novellas, tbr-busting-2013, next, filthy-lucre, abandoned
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No, no, no - not the Krankies, it is a story about the Kranks family.

Description: 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.

Kicking off a 16 day holiday and I hope my reading life improves.

You know how hardcore atheists cannot talk about anything but God and Religion, well here we have a story about skipping Christmas where it is all about that holiday, and the money money money. sheesh. Dated, unfunny crap! At least it busted one more title from off Mt TBR.

NEXT!! ( )
  mimal | Jan 1, 2014 |
I downloaded the audio version of Skipping Christmas from my library's online system to listen to on a business trip. It served its purpose well. It is an engaging story about a couple who decides to skip Christmas and spend the money on a cruise. The reaction by their friends and neighbors is comical and some unexpected complications help push the story forward. Nothing deep here, but it made the boring drive across Illinois go a bit more quickly! ( )
  porch_reader | Oct 24, 2013 |
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Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, 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 Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty, 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 from a beloved storyteller, John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition.
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Skipping Christmas: Christmas With The Kranks

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Luther and Nora Frank decide to skip Christmas this year and go on a cruise when suddenly everything gets chaotic.

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