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THE TIME IT NEVER RAINED

KELTON, Elmer

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ISBN 10: 0912646918 / ISBN 13: 9780912646916
Published by Texas Christian University Press (1984), Fort Worth, TX, 1984
Condition: good + Hardcover
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8vo. Publisher's red cloth in original dust jacket. INSCRIBED at ffep "For my old friend / Loyd Hackler- / Who lived through / the drought in this story./ Elmer Kelton/ 7/11/84." Light rubbing and mild edgewear to jacket. Price-clipped. Drink ring with small abrasion at rear panel causing some slight wrinkling to jacket. Spine slightly cocked. Trivial edgewear to cloth. Page edges foxed. Interior bright and clean. About very good. An attractive copy of this novel, the second in the Chisholm Trail series, telling the story of Charlie Flagg, a West Texas rancher in the midst of an historic drought. Inscribed to Loyd Hackler, an assistant press secretary to Lyndon B. Johnson. Bookseller Inventory # 17329

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Title: THE TIME IT NEVER RAINED

Publisher: Texas Christian University Press (1984), Fort Worth, TX

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:good +

Dust Jacket Condition: good +

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: later edition.

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In the 1950s, West Texas suffered the longest drought in the memory of most men then living. By that time, Charlie Flagg, the central character of this novel, was one of a dying breed of men who wrested their living from the harsh land of West Texas. The struggle made them fiercely independent, a trait personified in Charlie’s persistence throughout the seven dry years, his refusal to accept defeat, his opposition to federal aid programs and their inevitable bureaucratic regulations, his determination to stay on the land he loves and respects even as he suffers with that land. Charlie is by no means the typical cowboy hero. Self-sufficient, courageous, with a strong sense of right and wrong, he is also old and overweight, a thoroughly believable human being who has trouble communicating with the wife who loyally struggles to keep life in its pattern, the son who has no feel for the land but yearns for the rodeo circuit, the Mexican family who has worked for him for years and whose help he can no longer afford. Although Charlie never loses his dignity and never quits, he does not win out in the end. When the drought breaks, it has lasted too long and he is too old.

There is no surprise ending to this story, no magical solution to the harsh realities of life in West Texas. The reading of this novel lies not in what happens next but in the unfolding depth of a strong character and the clear picture of a time and a place.

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Elmer Kelton is the author of over thirty novels set in the West and the recipient of awards from the Texas Institute of Letters, the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Western Writers of America, the Western Literature Association, and others.

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