For decades, Charlie Flagg has eked out a living by raising cattle and sheep on his modest Texas ranch. Hardworking and old-fashioned, he distrusts federal programs that claim to help struggling farmers and ranchers. But as rainless years continue and others sell their souls for federal handouts, Charlie finds himself under increasing pressure to compromise his principles - and surrender his freedom.
©1999 Elmer Kelton; (P)2008 Recorded Books
Slow like the country it is set in but could I leave the car when I reached a destination? No!
Why? The story is enchanting to me and enthralling and the future is always inviting.
A beautiful exposition and a clear portrait of life on the farm.
I had this paperback novel and never got around to reading it. Then I decided to get it on audio. Thank goodness. First, the story is incredible and gives the reader a true glimpse of the struggles of the farmers and ranchers of the post depression era. From the pride of the rancher, to the relationship with his help, to a town coping with the struggles of the times. The actor/reader of this novel is fantastic and with a voice truly fitting the lead character. Highly recommend this audio book!
This book has moved to my top 10 books ever list. Not just the insight into land, sights, and times but also great insight into a simple conservitive mind set and value system. A great portrial of so many of the adults I grew up with.
Like mysteries, not much in to SciFi, hate vampire books. Like most all years of history.
My first Elmer Kelton book and I loved it. The way he describes the land, the people and circumstances was spot on. This was exactly the Texas in which I was raised in the 50s and 60s. He captured it so well and gave me "pictures in my mind".
Elmer Kelton is one of the best!
You can clearly see why he has won so many awards and this book if the some great work.
Yes. The story really captures the struggles and hardships of the time.
George Guidall really brings this book to life.
The Time It Never Rained is much more than the story of drought in west Texas. It is a timeless account of people and their relationships with others and the land. I loved the detailed descriptions of daily life. I became so invested in the families that I didn't want the story to end. This really is one of the best books I've ever listened to. And the narrator? It's George Guidall! He's perfect in every way!
I yearned for a more simpler time albeit fret with difficulties, tragedies and strife. At least people knew where they stood with one another. I could relate.
I have never read a book that moved me like this one. I rank Elmer Kelton with the likes of Steinbeck. The Time It Never Rained is as good if not better than Grapes of Wrath. I didn't farm or ranch in west Texas but I did in North Central Missouri during the late 60's to the late 80's. I like so many of Kelton's character dealt with and suffered from the very repressive federal farm program. I became very depressed reading this book because it brought up long repressed deep feelings of resentment towards the FHA bureaucrats. The ever present second guessing by them was beyond discription. They demanded to make the final decisions and when it was the wrong decision they blamed the farmer. There is no way for the reader to understand the underlying problems dealing with the likes of a drought or any other natural disaster unless you have lived it. The weather is bad enough but the federal government did nothing but compounded the problem.
This truly is a great book.
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