The remarkable story of an ‘ordinary’ man. Bert Facey’s childhood ended when he was eight years old. That was when his grandmother had to. A Fortunate Life. Sample chapter. Classic. A Fortunate Life. Written by A.B. Facey Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, Facey always saw his life as a. Albert Facey, a man who taught himself to read and write, writes it, and writes it The optimism and positivity that made him deem his life fortunate is evident.

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It made us all very loyal to one another. May 09, Grace Sunflower rated it really liked it.

But honestly, although the author presents a lot of interesting information about early 20th century Western Australia, I was distracted by his writing his story as if he had kept an extremely detailed journal since the age of four. His entire childhood and adolescence was filled with the adventures that so many young boys probably long for.

Our two heroes chart their course through Federation, hard times in rural Victoria, the opening up of new lands in West Australia, the establishment of the primary industries that we now rely built on the blood, sweat and tears of ordinary men and womentwo world wars, the depression and on into more prosperous times. From that day forward Albert would have to grow up rather quickly. This goes into my favourite reads ever pile. View all 6 comments.

I am so glad I read this near Anzac Day This was the best book about Australia and what it means to be Australian that I have ever read. Four part biopic about classic Australian author A. This book is told is such a matter-of-fact tone that you can also hear the old guy telling it from a rocking chair on a front porch somewhere maybe Melbourne.


A Fortunate Life by A B Facey, Review: Humble tale of resilience

It was Evelyn who, in marrying Bert soon after, helped return the damaged returned facye to health. These things happened, I survived, I’m proud I survived and proud to have had such an eventful life. Full Cast and Crew.

But neither Facey nor his country and let’s labert it, Australia is the other main character in this book was sophisticated or learned. Use the HTML below.

Refresh and try again. And even more importantly, it was Evelyn who rescued him from his orphan status. Also remember this is an autobiography of his life and memories. Facey grows up at the very edge of settled agricultural country.

Other than the memoirs, most of them oral, most of them much shorter, of ordinary American workers, this is one of the best, because most honest and substantial, autobiographies I’ve ever encountered. Facey is born poverty in rural Victoria.

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At the end of this book, I felt fortunate to read this inspiring story and follow along on this wonderful journey. The stark perspective this unassuming title, A Fortunate Lifecan shine on our everyday trifles is a gift to a modern reader.

As his unhappy early life was characterized by loneliness and abandonment, his adult life was ‘fortunate’, despite the Depression, despite his disabilities, because of others: The story is fascinating reading; not only does it detail Facey’s childhood and adulthood, it probably My father recommended this.


A simple book about the simple life of a simple man. What an excellent book to end the year on! I loved this book and I loved the ending. In that light you can’t fail to love and admire this honourable, ordinary man thrown into a succession of extraordinary experiences to arrive with dignity intact firtunate a place in the nation’s history. He promised his grandma he would never drink, and he never did.

From then on, he led a remarkable life from being farmed out at a young age to cruel and kind families alikeworking in agriculture and lifestock, frtunate during World War I at Gallipoli, surviving the Depression and the loss of a son during World War II.

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When the finished manuscript was sent off to Freemantle Arts Centre Press with a request that it be prepared for vanity publication — an edition of just twenty copies — the publishers saw gortunate in the book and produced a commercial run instead. The people he encounters do what they must to survive and while some of them people treat Facey with compassion, others seek to take advantage of him.

This was the best book about Australia and what it means to be Australian that I have ever read. A Fortunate Life 2 3 Dec 29,

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