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When the Levee Breaks [Paperback]

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When the Levee Breaks is the tale of Alec Carlyle--a man struggling to retain the legacy of the family farm. Through the eyes of his eldest son, Hadley, we learn the truth behind the trials Alec faces while following an innocent boy's journey into a treacherous adult world.

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Pages   294
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.82" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   0.89 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 15, 2003
Publisher   Hawk Publishing Group
ISBN  1930709439  
ISBN13  9781930709430  

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More About Patrick Chalfant

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Chalfant (Tulsa, OK) is the author the the critically acclaimed, WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS. He grew up on an Oklahoma ranch where he helped raise cattle and horses on over 6,000 acres, much of which has been in his family for over 100 years. Chalfant (Tulsa, OK) resides in Tulsa, OK with his wife, son and two dogs.

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Reviews - What do customers think about When the Levee Breaks?

Needs more refinement - but a pleasant read.   Aug 30, 2005
I can not say that I am quite as enthusiastic as the previous reviewers. Yes this book has a very engaging cast of characters, particularly the precocious Devin Carlyle, and an interesting plot line, but there were a couple things that lessened my overall impression. First, several aspects of the story stretch the bounds of credibility and believability. For example and this is a very, very minor one in comparison to some of the others, but does not spoil for those who have yet to read while giving you some notion of the "believability gap" - Grandad Carlyle - a long time Oklahoma rancher and by all accounts "on top of things" who does not know what marijuana looks like - please!
Second, the narrative structure is compromised several times by the convienent writer's lifesaver of throwing in from out of the blue aspects of the book reality that have had no prior introduction in the text but that appear just in time to advance or redirect the plot. I will credit Chalifant with an excellent counter example to this with the Joker card on the 'frig however.
My final criticism has less to do with the writing itself but with one of the major crucibles of the plot, the financial contortions undertaken by Alec Carlyle, again a single example - dire financial staights for many years - one good year - purchase 250 more acres of pasture, with the only mention of rational - to avoid paying taxes on income. Yes this is a reasonable way to avoid the tax man but hardly consistent with Alec being such a good manager when he was mortagaged and remortaged well above his eyeballs.
Fantastic Book!!  Mar 11, 2004
This book is funny and deep and almost magical in how it carries you along in a world that's bitterly real. Patrick Chalfant is a name worth watching! Great job. A fan from Oklahoma.
A Tremendous Read  Nov 15, 2003
This really is a great read. After a slow start, it took me a while to read the first 100 pages but I devoured the last 100, it really was an enjoyable.
The story gives a great insight into farming in the heartland of America, describing in some detail the hazards and perils of life on the farm, some natural and some man mad.
I guess I never really believed characters like Mr Finken are really out there is this part of the world but I am sure they are now.
The book, written through the eyes of Hadley Carlyle, gives a great insight into the struggles of this way of life but there is a humorous side to this story as well, which is skilfully incorporated.
After I finished the book it somehow left me wanting more, so come on lets have a sequel and soon.
When the Levee Breaks  Oct 21, 2003
I just finished reading "When The Levee Breaks" and truly enjoyed it. I am glad the book made its way to Midland. I thought the character development and plot was well thought out and developed. Now that my kids are older, I am able to read more books. All too often, I can guess what is coming
next in a book. However, I wasn't able to in When The Levee Breaks. I think this book would make a great movie. What an enjoyable book. I hope Patrick Chalfant writes many, many more books in the future.
Emily Midland, TX
A great Read..I LOVED it and could not put it down.  Oct 18, 2003
I read the first two chapters of "When The Levee Breaks" from the web
site and was intrigued, so I ordered the book online. The anticipation
was there when it arrived in my mail box and I could not wait to
continue my read. I wanted to know more about the people living behind
the doors of the house on the cover. Not only was I in store for a
captivating tale of a young man exploring the depths of reality, but I
was captured by the unpeeled naked truth of the lost innocence Hadley
encounters when he becomes a man. I was truly spellbound by the novel
when I grasped the difficult path that the Carlyle family chose to take
as a solution to their financial problems with the corrupt banker. I
started the book within an hour of arrival and continued my read until
finished at 4:00 a.m. that night. After I laid down the book, I felt
contentment. Not only did it appeal to my rural roots, Alec Carlyle took
me into the soul of a family that still believes in the values of the
old world, the values that made America great. This book would make a
great movie. I want to
T. Worthington
formerly of Pocahontas, Arkansas

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