16 September 2010

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham - book review

Okay, I am sure, it was less than a month ago that I posted my last review, but I just read this very funny book and I had to share while it is still fresh in my memory.

The book is a John Grisham book, but not a lawyer one like pretty much every other book from him. Now this is called: "Skipping Christmas". I had found it in a garage sale last summer and wasn't sure what to expect. It is pretty thin, less than two-hundred pages. I read it in less than two days while being sick in bed. A good read while mending a sickness....

So what to expect from a Grisham book that is NOT about lawyers? It is a satiric fiction, totally to love. It revolves around the 'tyranny' of Christmas, the wrestle in overfilled stores, people going nuts and stressed out, money spent on stuff you normally would not give a penny; to summarize it: it is a story about the 'overblown ritual of the festive holiday season'. It gives you an insight of the craziness we go through once Thanksgiving is over. You know what I am talking about! The morning after giving thanks, we go up to the attic and pull out boxes after boxes of Christmas stuff that needs to be taken care off within the next three days off from work. Lights are to be hung, decorations to be put up around the house, a tree needs to be bought and "colored in"! Then we need to think of gifts! Gifts for the entire family, gifts for friends and neighbors, gifts for the less fortunate, toy drives and sick people. Support this and support that! All this might not be too true for Texas, but for sure I know it is true for the east coast! Not being an American, it seems excessive! And you can drive yourself tremendously nuts with this kind of behavior. And not to forget the pressure that is incredible.
The book, it is funny and light, no serious action or legal thriller-like. And that's exactly why I like it so much.