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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He wrote this book to leave his story behind for his children and we are so lucky that he did. I am so glad I read this near Anzac Day as it was even more poignant reading of his experiences. I said to someone recently that I don’t read autobiographies but Mr Facey has shown me what I was missing Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Open Preview See a Problem?

I garnered an insight into turn of the century Australia and how much our country has changed, not only geographically, but how families functioned and the role of children in society. It is moving in a similar way that My Brilliant Career is… something special. It’s truly inspiring, and I albeet that’s why the book is so popular, especially with Australian readers, I suspect.

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

In it, we recognise a purer form of the egalitarian impulse we still claim to possess. As it happens this is an autobiography of one Albert B. Archived from the original aobert 22 Frtunate It appeared just nine months before his death on 11 Februaryin his 88th year. I can’t be enthusiastic enough about this autobiography by Albert Facey. It read like a bullet point more than a story.

He lost his father, sister, brothers, mother, grandmother, his son and his wife.

AB Facey believes he lived a “fortunate” life but I think everyone who reads this book will find other ways to describe it, such as “amazing” or “miraculous” or “courageous” or “grim. Disappointment followed disappointment, leaving Facey, beginning at the age of eight, fafey substantially fend for himself as a hired hand.

A Fortunate Life

This book was like having a yarn with an old guy at the pub. I’ve read many books on this topic and all of them touched my heart and my soul.

What makes it such a great read is that it contains so many details of everyday life in an era devoid of the convenience of electronics, modern day appliances and fast, convenient travel and communication. His later years, which are sketched thinly to the earlier years tell of a loving family man, working on the trams fcey the city, or as a farmer on a soldier settlement plan. Feb 11, Kris rated it it was amazing. His father died before he was two and he was deserted fprtunate his mother soon afterwards.

That work was not completed for some years, by which time the man was elderly, his beloved wife passed away. I think this book is an important historical text, for Australia as a whole and for Western Australia, where most of the story is told. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

The manner of his telling combined rustic simplicity with stoic restraint. Some stories, such as of his getting lost in his teens on a six-month cattle-drive and being rescued by ‘wild blacks’, or of the meeting of his future wife, oife of being stockwhipped to the threshhold of mortality by a ruthless employer as a child, or of what it’s like to bayonet a man to death, stay with you for albret long time.

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In so many ways this man is a wonderful role model for young men today. His father having died, his mother abandoned him and most of his siblings fortunats early childhood, leaving them in the care of a widowed grandmother who took them to what was then a rather wild and underpopulated area in western Australia.

Strongest are the accounts of his childhood, where, with a memory for detail so miraculous it makes you wonder whether illiteracy may somehow have been an advantage, he pulls no punches in his internal processes, sharing his solitude with a frank simplicity that touches you deeply, and a humility reflected in the story’s ingenuous title.

Trivia About A Fortunatte Life. This was fortunahe best book about Australia and what it means to be Australian that I have ever read. That, and the extraordinary ordinariness of his story. Facey had been making notes on his life since an early age, and had been entertaining family and friends for decades with his stories which, over the years, became more and more polished at times at the cost of historical accuracy [2].

An engaging read and quite the history lesson. Facey was born in and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheat-belt of Western Australia. The autobiography forutnate at his birth.

It was written as he told the ofrtunate to his family. He was in the Eleventh Battalion at the Gallipoli landing; after the war, he became a farmer under the Soldier Settlement Scheme but was forced off the land during the Depression. Facey never had a formal education.

It gives you an insight and understanding of what it was like for many at this time in Australia. In he moved from Victoria to Western Australia in the care of his grandmother, Mrs. It was very dry and non-emotional. Should the unthinkable ever happen and the civilised world disappear, make sure you save a copy of this book to guide you as you rebuild your life in a world where your only resource is what nature provides.

A parentless boy who started work at eight on the rough West Australian frontier, he struggled as an itinerant rural worker, survived the gore of Gallipoli, the loss of his farm in the Depression, the fortunste of his son in World War II an This is the extraordinary life of an ordinary man.

I unfortunately did not enjoy this book. Set in Western Australia starting in the early ‘s, it is written in the most honest, least technical writing I have ever read – through the eyes of the narrator. So was mr Facey telling a lie?

In saying that, I enjoyed the sparseness of the language — he simply told things in an economical and modest way. One day in the early s, a retired lfie and poultry farmer from Western Australia sat down at his kitchen table.

I am glad I read it, but there is no way I would ever pick it up again A. As a young boy Facey finds himself virtually alone in the world having to work for a living.

Having the impression that it was fictional I wasn’t sure I’d read it. Mr Facey was not an author.