Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

skipping ChristmasTitle : Skipping Christmas

Author: John Grisham

Published : March 16, 2010

Publisher : Dell

Length : 227 pages

Genre: Comedy?

<Synopsis (excerpt from Goodreads)>

Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree… where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they’ll skip the holidays. They spend their Christmas budget on a Caribbean cruise set to sail on December 25, and happily settle in for a restful holiday season free of rooftop snowmen and festive parties.

But the Kranks soon learn that their vacation from Christmas isn’t much of a vacation at all, and that skipping the holidays has consequences they didn’t bargain for…

A modern Christmas classic, Skipping Christmas is a charming and hilarious look at the mayhem and madness that have become ingrained in our holiday tradition.

<My thoughts>

Much ashamed to admit, this was the first John Grisham’s book that I read.
Although he is undeniably a super-famous author renowned for well-thought out plots, I had never read his book up to that point. I remember I got to know this book through a friend of mine whom I really look up to.

First and foremost, I found the character descriptions were just superb. They are cunning, astute, obdurate and insidious. They are all bound and determined to outflank each other, it was like the Krank against the rest of the neighborhood. So hilarious!

As opposed to Nora being a bit hesitant about completely ignoring Christmas, Luther is fully bent on avoiding it and he actually does everything in his power to do so.

Despite all that, look at how things eventually turn out! Ooops, I don’t think I can say any more (gotta zip my lip!), you’ll have to read it yourself.
Let’s just say John Grisham’s finesse in writing is displayed to the fullest. I’ll bet this book makes you giggle.

If I name one thing that I was not completely satisfied with, it would be how the book concludes. I found it could have been expanded a teeny bit more, it somehow comes across slightly anticlimactic.

That said, it wouldn’t change the fact that it indeed is a fun read.
It’s a perfect Holiday read when you are in the mood for a bit of a twist 😛


LutherとNora Krankはクリスマスを巡る大騒ぎにもううんざり。延々と続くショッピングリスト、クリスマスプレゼントショッピングでモールを駈けずり回ったり、ツリーを飾り付けたり・・・ワクワクした気持ちは一体どこに? たった一人の娘がペルーに旅立った今年に至ってはクリスマスを祝うのはちょっと面倒くさすぎると感じ、LutherとNoraは娘がいない今年だけ、クリスマスを祝わないことに決める。クリスマスに当てていた予算を12月25日出航のカリビアンクルーズに費やし、スノウマンを屋根に飾ったりパーティーを開かないで済む、のんびりした休暇を過ごすはずだった。


現代のクリスマスクラシック、“Skipping Christmas” はクリスマスにまつわる混沌を描いた、とってもおかしくチャーミングな作品。


これを認めるのはとっても恥ずかしい話なんですが、こちらは私が初めて手に取ったJohn Grisham の作品でした。


まず始めに、キャラクター描写が素晴らしい。みんな狡猾で抜け目がなくて、頑固で、腹黒くてw お互いに相手を出し抜こうとそりゃもう必死。まるでクランク家対ご近所さん、みたいな感じでおかしいのなんの。


それにもかかわらず、結末ときたら! おっと、これ以上は語れません(お口にチャックしないとw)、あとはどうぞご自分で読んで確かめてください。

John Grishamの素晴らしい描写力が遺憾なく発揮された、とでも言っておきましょうか。きっと読んでいてクスクス笑ってしまうはずですよ。


ちょっと変わったクリスマス本を読みたい方には、ぴったりの本かと思いますよ 😀