The Time It Never Rained

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Macmillan, May 15, 1999 - Fiction - 416 pages
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To the ranchers and farmers of 1950s Texas, man's biggest enemy is one he can't control. With their entire livelihood pegged on the chance of a wet year or a dry year, drought has the ability to crush their whole enterprise, to determine who stands and who falls, and to take food out of the mouths of the workers and their families. To Charlie Flagg, an honest, decent, and cantankerous rancher, the drought of the early 1950s is a foe that he must fight on his own grounds. Refusing the questionable "help" of federal aid programs, Charlie and his family struggle to make the ranch survive until the time it rains again-if it ever rains again.
 

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

THE TIME IT NEVER RAINED is classic Kelton. It's set in 1950s drouth-ridden west Texas, so it's a bit more 'modern' than most westerns. There are elements of THE GRAPES OF WRATH in the way the ... Read full review

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User Review  - GTTexas - LibraryThing

A "stayed put" Grapes of Wrath set in west Texas. Charlie Flagg is stubborn enough to be me, and we sure think the same on a lot of things! A truly great read. Enjoyed it tremendously. Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
3
Chapter Two
11
Chapter Three
41
Chapter Four
76
Chapter Five
98
Chapter Six
120
Chapter Seven
149
Chapter Eight
174
Chapter Twelve
241
Chapter Thirteen
255
Chapter Fourteen
274
Chapter Fifteen
292
Chapter Sixteen
314
Chapter Seventeen
333
Chapter Eighteen
346
Chapter Nineteen
362

Chapter Nine
186
Chapter Ten
208
Chapter Eleven
231
Chapter Twenty
386
Afterword
397
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About the author (1999)

Elmer Kelton, author of more than forty novels, 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. For forty-two years he had a parallel career in agricultural journalism.

Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Among his best-known works have been The Time It Never Rained and The Good Old Boys, the latter made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones.

He served in the infantry in World War II. He and his wife, Ann, a native of Austria, live in San Angelo, Texas. They have three children, four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

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