The Time It Never Rained

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The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton

Rio Seco was too small to afford a professional manager for its one-room Chamber of Commerce.

And Rio Seco, meaning "dry river" in Spanish, symbolizes the biggest enemy of the ranchers and farmers in 1950s Texas, an enemy they can't control: drought. To cranky Charlie Flagg, an honest, decent rancher, the drought of the early 1950s is a battle that he must fight on his own grounds. Refusing the questionable "assistance" of federal aid programs and their bureaucratic regulations, Charlie and his family struggle to make the ranch survive until the time it rains again - if it ever rains again.

Charlie Flagg, among the strongest of Elmer Kelton's memorable creations, is no pasteboard hero. He is courageous and self-sufficient but as real as his harsh and unforgiving West Texas home country. His battle with an unfathomable foe is the stuff of epics and legends.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780912646916
Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1984
Series: Chisholm Trail Series , #2
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.27(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including Other Men's Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.

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Bellepepper More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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." ?
WestTexan More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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....
barretthansen More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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