The Dry Divide

The Dry Divide July Nebraska Ralph Moody Bud is diabetic down to last dime when put off a freight train Three months later he owns teams of horses and rigs His girl Judy works alongside On wheat and cor

  • Title: The Dry Divide
  • Author: Ralph Moody Tran Mawicke
  • ISBN: 9780803282162
  • Page: 444
  • Format: Paperback
  • 4 July 1919 Nebraska Ralph Moody Bud 20 is diabetic, down to last dime when put off a freight train Three months later he owns 8 teams of horses and rigs His girl Judy works alongside On wheat and corn farm of bully Hudson, he pulls together Swedish brothers, drunk Doc, Spanish speaking Paco, Irish Jaiko Jack , Old Bill, into first rate harvest crew.

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    1. These autobiographical stories are wonderful. Moody was an industrious, hardworking young man. Because of this, he lived a full life. My husband and I have been enjoying these as a real treat.

    2. Second Reading: January 2017First Reading Oct 2014:Much better than Nickel Bush. Solid. Interesting. Moral. Not as compelling as the first five books but still a very good example of entrepreneurial leadership.

    3. Another in the line of books by author Ralph Moody about his journey to manhood. Ralph has so much honor and integrity that whatever he touches blooms. How many young men today we put themselves through hard difficulties to take care of a woman and children they don't even know. A main theme in this book is charity. Love can make the difference in so many ways. Another main theme displayed through Ralph is having an honest work ethic. If everyone worked the way that Ralph did in their respective [...]

    4. With so many details about growing, harvesting, thrashing and transporting wheat I would think I wouldn't be interested. But I love to read about the good, honest and respectable Ralph Moody. The struggles of making a living in this early century are heartbreaking. Some families could barely eat. This book illustrates the power of the American spirit.Sterling North said "Ralph Moody's books should be read aloud in every family circle in America."The back cover: "Without preaching, The Dry Divide [...]

    5. For starters, this book is loads better than Shaking the Nickel Bush. Not that it would take much. Here we rejoin Ralph Moody (now going by 'Bud') sometime after he and Lonnie parted ways in Shaking the Nickel Bush. Lonnie is never mentioned here, and perhaps it's for the best. This time around, instead of discovering yet another new and random talent, Moody returns to previously established abilities. He takes a job working for a wheat farmer, and his work ethic and ingenuity enable him to over [...]

    6. Reader thoughts: Ralph continues to surprise me. I thought I wouldn't like the books about Ralph as he grew older, and he totally proved me wrong.Penniless? Friendless? Not for long! Ralph becomes Bud, a farmer's hired hand, one of a small crew of mismatched individuals. He has to learn fast to keep his job . . . and his life.Ralph's boss, the farmer, has a temper against all people and animals, and especially against Ralph when he tries to rescue some horses from the farmer's wrath. The whole f [...]

    7. This one made me wonder some. Moody's so unwaveringly bright, so much more insightful than any other character in the book, so adept at every task he puts his hand to- he's a better loan officer than the banker, a better bookkeeper than the accountant, a better horseman than the rancher, a better milker than the dairymaid, and so on. It got somewhat monotonous, listening to this 20-year-old kid teach everyone else their business.I understand that he's using his life to illuminate the wonders and [...]

    8. As always--superb! The lesson in this story is how to see a need and be able to turn it into a thriving business idea. We can all learn from the way he treats his hodge podge bunch of farm hands--making them feel important and invaluable. I really think every family would enjoy listening to this entire series. I'm sad it's almost over for us!

    9. The Ralph Moody saga continues; he has a real genius for survivingd does it with a really creative ingenuity. I enjoyed it more because my family comes from just south of the towns he mentions in southwest Nebraska and northwest Kansas.

    10. Similar to the fifth book, this one was not as compelling as the first four of the series, but still absolutely wonderful.

    11. Leslie, Central patron, July 2017, 5 stars:One of a well-written series about growing up as a young man in the West during the early 1900s.

    12. First edition line sketches add to flavor of dry dusty prairies. He was sent out West, apart from family "for his health". My first year on harvest tractor was my last, learned I had hay fever. In school - non-stop sneezes, nose and eyes ran. Always an optimist, planning forward. "I'll be 21 in December" p 91. Gus and Lars turn out to be blacksmiths at home, traveling to Denver. "Doctor J. Holloway Merriwether, benefactor of mankind" p 13 is alcoholic, buys apothecary flavorings in dry counties [...]

    13. I loved this book! Ralph, with only a dime to his name, ends up in Nebraska/Kansas. He ends of working for the worst sort of man--a beater, sly trickster. Well, he ends up getting his dues and Ralph through hard work and friendships ends of being a stock/cattle trader. His friendship with Judy, I hope will bloom into something more.I learn so much from these books. The planning that even went into a grain hauler without motorized vehicles was quite extensive. Harvesting, cultivating, etc. was al [...]

    14. Ralph starts out this book with nothing but his undying entrepreneurial spirit and hard work. By the end of the book he is has a flourishing business. He is an example of the old American self sufficient spirit that sadly seems totally nonexistent today. Ralph takes a property that was about to be foreclosed on and turns it around into a thriving business. The example of both manager's leadership practices are glaringly different. There were a lot of details about how things were done and improv [...]

    15. This is one of my favorites from this series, mostly because I can relate and learn so much from Ralph at this time in his life. Of course, there was also plenty of good horse-handling tips and reminders that I enjoyed. And I really appreciated how a lady friend/romance was worked into the story without that becoming the major drama or focus. Just sweet and simple. Anyhow, of all the lessons I learned from this book the main ones that stood out were: use your brain to invest your money, don't be [...]

    16. After rereading the entire Little Britches series, this time together with my wife, I have to say that The Dry Divide is definitely my favorite. Moody's books are full of timeless life lessons set in the everyday life of an ambitious young man, but this story is a particularly enjoyable read. Ralph's resourcefulness and consideration for others result in a fun and rewarding adventure for everyone involved.

    17. This is the seventh book in a series often considered the boy's equivalent of the "Little House on the Prairie" series. A beautifully-presented edition of the account of a boy growing up, with real-life hardships and challenges, a very personal account of family and people making it through despite tough circumstances,yet always with the bracing expectation that boys were expected to act like men in the face of adversity.

    18. After the last installment, I was a little nervous, but we're back to the little britches we know and love. The insight into human character that such a young man can come up with is nothing short of inspiring. It also makes you want to reexamine your work ethic and frugality. A great installment in a great series.

    19. It wasn't a bad story. It just didn't grab my interest or appeal to my emotions like "Little Britches" did. Not that I wished the man ill, but everything just seemed to work out for him. It's a good thing in real life and kind of boring to read. A glossary would have helped, too. There were several Spanish words and quite a few ranch/harvesting terms I didn't understand.

    20. I think this is one of the least children-friendly books in the series, but I really enjoyed it. It was grittier than the others, but it was also gripping. I never cease to be impressed with Ralplh's ability to make a bad situation worthwhile without compromising his morals. He always seems to try to help his neighbors out along the way.

    21. Two chapters left!Ralph discusses way more "technical" stuff about how the operation at the wheat farms are run, but he still gets right to my heart at certain points.This was my least favorite of the Ralph Moody series, but I still got choked up. Honest sentimentality.

    22. I have now read this whole series and loved them all. Ralph Moody is a great example of having an idea and sticking with it til it works and becomes profitable. nst all odds. very inspirational!

    23. I have never read a book where everything goes right for the main character until this book.which made it very boring. I still don't know why everyone liked the main character. I thought he was bosy and a know it all.

    24. For me, this was the long-awaited sequel in the Little Britches series. I enjoyed this as much as any of the other and appreciate seeing the hard-work, honesty and watching out for one's neighbors that Ralph had been raised doing have come to play in his adult life.

    25. This book is a keeper! One could do all kinds of corporate trainings on different styles of management, attitude, and team building lessons based on this book.Having an attitude to work hard (and smart) can make a world of difference when opportunities show up.

    26. This is book 7 in the series. He's a hard worker and a savvy businessman in this book. It is wonderful to see the way he goes from a hired ranch hand to the prosperous position he's in by the end of the book.

    27. Getting back to his roots, Ralph Moody finds an opportunity make some money harvesting and hauling grain. His leadership skills really shine in this book and he makes some good friends.

    28. Penniless Ralph is hired by a wheat harvesting crew and builds a hauling business. This book is just as good as all the others, especially with the big plot twist in the middle.

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