[The Time It Never Rained [BOOK] Free read Kindle ePUB Author Elmer Kelton
I read this book at the end of last year and finished it in only a few daysIt was easy to imagine what living through such a dire situation would be like from Elmer Kelton s great descriptive use of wordsHe also managed to create characters that you cared about Which for me is also important in the enjoyment of a good novelIt s a book that would be good to read again after a whileAll in all a great readThoroughly recommended In my youth I went through a phase when I read westerns all the time it was all I read for a all the time it was all I for a of yearsMax Brand Zane Grey Louis L Amour but I never remember reading a Kelton book I came across a list of great western novels and this popped up so I grabbed a copy from the library While not a traditional western genre book this was a marvelous story about a small to middlin ranch owner in Texas during the fifties I read reviews about nothing happening in the story and they are correct there isn t much in the way of a storyline just a book about Charlie Flagg A Rancher Who Has A rancher who has stubborn streak a mile long and a belief system that has carried him through hard times A belief system that centers on his own independence and ability to build something by himself What makes Charlie a great character is not so much his strengths but his obvious flaws flaws that make him a real person Plenty of hardship as the Flagg family deals with an extended drought immigrationCharlie has a somewhat surprising but believable view and government subsidies I am a bit ashamed by the fact that I never readremembered Kelton before but after reading this book he than earns his reputation as one of the greatest western writers of our time I ll be trying some of his genre westerns in the very near futureIf you re looking for a gunslinger book this ain t it But if you re looking for a well written character study this should fit the bill910 I have this sweet situation going on where my partner has spent the last year reading only books I ve recommended to him As most book nerds can attest to living with someone who takes every book suggestion you give them is a dream come true So when he finally asked me to read something he loved I new I owed it to him but I ll be damned if I wanted to do it It took me a bit to get into it but once I did I was blown away by how touching and funny and lovely it was Westerns aren t typically on my genre radar but this one was. 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 Before the acuifer drops lower than my well Sometimes the book was depressing but pretty dern timelyI ve lived in the country nearly two years I got here just in time for a drought old timers say is the worst since 1955 Lately my 88
old friend says this is worse than 55 When I saw Kelton s book a novel set against the realities of the 1955 drought which lasted some nine years in West Texas I new I had to read it An incredibly sobering book I could never live up to the example of Charlie Flagg yet his character should give us all something to think about I think this may have Selecting talking books for a friend She s listening to Kelton s Wolf Buffalo book her first by the author and she wants books by him This one Time It Never Rained is top uality If you haven t read Mr Kelton this would be a potential starting place It deserves the Spur Award it wonThe Wolf and the BuffalohttpsenwikipediaorgwikiSpurAwardSpur Awards are literary prizes awarded annually by the Western Writers of America WWA The purpose of the Spur Awards is to honor writers for distinguished writing about the American WestHere s a pasted netswipe from KirkusKIRKUS REVIEWCharlie Flagg won t accept government allotments for feed for his dying cattle and sheep he d rather lose land and switch to goats they go anywhere and don t hardly need nothing to eat out in Rio Seco Texas in the worst drought since 13 Events vindicate him as the government in its bureaucratic farm program confusion does what six years of no rain haven t Charlie s prosperous ranching neighbors collapse like playing cards as does what six years of no rain haven t Charlie s prosperous ranching neighbors collapse like playing cards as "endless bank loans and mortgages are called in and the land is "bank loans and mortgages are called in and the land is over by conglomerates and accountants to whom the touch of good soil means nothing spelling you now the end of that wonderful era of Rugged Individualism A sentimental parable of hard times bringing out the best and worst slow and dry like the empty plains a myth about as outdated as the America we used to Russian Winter know and love with a bit of contemporary racial reference gringos vs greasers just toeep the young uns innerestedFrom WikiEight Kelton novels Buffalo Wagons The Day the Cowboys uit The Time It Never Rained Eyes of the Hawk Slaughter The Far Canyon Many a River and The Way of the Coyote have won Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America Peers in the WWA also named him as the greatest Western writer of all tim. Uggle to make the ranch survive until the time it rains again if it ever rains againCharlie 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 legen. Paced perfectly with really impressive character development and lots ofYear Old Friend Says This
surprisingly funny bits I was sorry to see it end Tracy Shapleyfrom The Best Books We Read In July 2016funny bits I was sorry to see it end Tracy Shapleyfrom The Best Books We Read In July 2016 Kelton wrote in the prologue of The Time It Never RainedMen grumbled but you learned to live with the dry spells if you stayed in West Texas there were dry spells than wet ones No one expected another droug Solid man against the elements and the modern world story Enjoyed the tale somewhat and loved the writing style but was the tale somewhat and loved the writing style but was convinced by this crabby farmer with a heart of gold I am always taken by stories about people who stick by their principles through difficult times and this was certainly one of those stories And then I started to imagine the 2020 version of someone who refuses to wear a mask during a pandemic despite the horrors happening around him and how his friends wore masks not because they believed in them but just because everyone was wearing them Maybe I am being unfair here Solid story worth a read Elmer Kelton is too often pigeon holed as a Western writer cowboy writer Texas regional writer This book should rank with Faulkner s work as the local made universal It is one of the very best works of fiction from which a reader can gain a valuable and usable insight into the dynamics of humankind and the natural environment Entirely unlike the Utopian romantic and idealistic stuff of so much environmental writing Great story great insight The greatest American novel no one outside of Texas ever heard of I enjoyed this book than all those Louis L Amour books including the one I had gone to the Western section to buy when I came out with this one I don t Meg and the Mystery in Williamsburg (Meg Duncan, know if it s Kelton or not but this was a great book Great characters memorable setting and problems I thought it was well developed for what is often a formulaic genre I enjoyed the main character particularly his stubborn refusal to buy into a government aid program His insistence seems to have died with him somewhere decades ago But I loved it The insights about farming during a drought were fascinating like all the men using oversized blowtorches to burn the needles off prickly pear cactus so the cows would have something to eat There were so many interesting thingsBut it hit so close to home just now while I personally weigh buying hay against selling horses and wonder how much I can run the sprinkler. He 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 uestionable assistance of federal aid programs and their bureaucratic regulations Charlie and his family str.