The Time It Never Rained

The Time It Never Rained

Book - 2008 | Second Forge edition
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" The Time It Never Rained was inspired by actual events, when the longest and most severe drought in living memory pressed ranchers and farmers to the outer limits of courage and endurance."--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.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2008
Edition: Second Forge edition
ISBN: 9780765360588
Branch Call Number: F KEL NVD
Characteristics: x, 400 pages ; 18 cm


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Jul 17, 2019

This book is so good. Apart from being about the 1950s drought in west texas, sheep ranching, and rugged individualism (dislike of government handouts), it is a fascinating portrayal of relations between hispanics and anglos and illegal immigration. It would be wonderful for a book club.

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