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The Time It Never Rained

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

    A must read...

    A beautifully written compelling story. Elmer Kelton is now on my list of favorite authors. I was expecting something entirely different when my brother recommended this book to me as the western genre is not something that usually interests me. Now I'm telling everyone that I know to read this book! As a native, I have always been an avid Texas history fan. This novel should be required reading for Texas history buffs. Excellent!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2010

    worst editing-by far-of any book I've ever read!

    Four and more words run together. words hyphenated that shouldn't be. often uses "die" instead of "the" - but not always. sometimes used "FU" instead of "I'll". and Chapter 14 is identical to Chapter 17! I complained to Barnes and Noble. and the response was: "that's a publisher problem.". Excuse me??? I buy a defective shirt from Macys--do you think they would dismiss it as "That's a manufacturer's problem." ?

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2010

    Excellent book and story, pervasive digitizing errors

    This is an excellent book in analog form. Stay away from the B&N ebook, though. Typos and spelling mistakes are pervasive, perhaps bad OCR. The Kindle version does not have these mistakes, so I blame this one on B&N rather than the publisher.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Contrasts

    I found this book to be very difficult to read, to be reminded of such devastation that so many people had to endure during the drought. In contrast, seeing how folks were able to manage, survive and move on, regardless, was encouraging. If one project did not work, the main character moved on to another.
    The family relationships were seemingly broken and that was sad to read about. Yet, the determination of the father was to be admired.
    I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to read, read, read....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Incredibly relevant to the events of 2008-2009

    Set in West Texas, this story about the advent of the government "assistance" programs for farmers in the 50's should be on everyone's reading list today as we prepare for bailout of the banks, auto industries, mortgage companies, and homeowners. It is also very, very timely as it presents the complexities of the Mexican immigration issue. In addition to the history it reveals, is wonderfully written, with complex characters. Kelton avoids any cliques or moralistic statements and instead tells a beautiful story about ordinary people. You will never think of West Texas, government assistance, or goats in quite the same way again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2003

    It rained tears at my house!

    Having started my life on a few of the ranches of West Texas, this wonderful, heart wrenching story of a ranch family was like a trip back in time for me. I don't remember those years being as hard or a bleak as Elmer Kelton's book paints them, but that is most likely because I was too young to see it as it was. What Mr. Kelton captures is the wonderful simplicity of ranch life and the strength of character that is required just to survive when times get hard in the Texas ranchlands. Charlie Flagg could have been based on either of my grandfathers, and Charlie's stoic wife could have been modeled after my German grandmother, accent and all. I identified with the characters so strongly that I bawled my way though the second half of the story. Thank you for a great read and a enriching trip back in time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    very good book

    This book is so descriptive and has a little bit of everything. Not your typical western novel. If you enjoy books about the hard life of ranching in Texas this book is perfect

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