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The time it never rained.

Author: Elmer Kelton
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday [1973]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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The earth lay dying. Crops dried up, and fertile soil dissolved into clouds of yellow. Ranchers did everything within their power, and federal forces were called in fruitlessly. Only Charlie Flagg, old-time Texas cattleman, saw it as a fight worth continuing--and refused to give up his battle against Nature.
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Genre/Form: Western fiction
Western stories
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elmer Kelton
ISBN: 0385050755 9780385050753
OCLC Number: 735006
Awards: Spur Award winner, novel, 1973.
Description: viii, 373 pages 22 cm

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The earth lay dying. Crops dried up, and fertile soil dissolved into clouds of yellow. Ranchers did everything within their power, and federal forces were called in fruitlessly. Only Charlie Flagg, old-time Texas cattleman, saw it as a fight worth continuing--and refused to give up his battle against Nature.

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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