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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In saying that, Forrunate enjoyed the sparseness of the language — he simply told things in an economical and modest way. A Fortunate Life is an indescribable reading experience. Fremantle Press images and book excerpts are subject to copyright. I loved Facey’s story because it was a piece of history and because it showed how a person can appreciate one’s life – even one that is filled with trials and tribulations.

Bert 14 years 2 episodes, Dominic Sweeney The formerly vigorous, athletic, knockabout bloke returns shattered by his experience, though natural optimism and grit make up much of the deficit in animal robustness. I had to read this book for our Book Club this month. There was a little bragging and I am not sure if all Firtunate Facey’s accomplishments were real boxer, council man, tram driver, running properties with ‘s of cattle at age 12!

It opened my eyes to how hard life had been for earlier generations in Australia. Though it is not the work of an educated man, A Fortunate Life could easily have as its epigraph a line by the Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius: When his grandmother became a widow, and with no such thing as welfare, she did the only smart thing and emigrated lifee Western Australia to be with the extended family.

You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. He was illiterate until a teenager and then only learned from workbooks on his own after long days of hard labour.

Anyway, enough of my rant. I loved this novel and I always will. At the end of the story, he’s ambled his way across Australia and held dozens of jobs and in between worked as a boxer and served in WWI in one of the bloodiest and desperate battles ever fought by the Aussies Galipoli. There is one man I’ve personally known in my life whose own story resembled Facey’s.


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Serving in the disastrous Gallipoli campaign, he returned home, substantially disabled. He made the first notes of his life soon after World War I, and filled notebooks with his accounts of his experiences. Lists with This Book. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Despite enduring unimaginable hardships, Facey always saw his life as a fortunate one. fkrtunate

A Fortunate Life

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Share this Rating Title: Archived from the original on 22 August The story is fascinating reading; not only does it detail Facey’s childhood and adulthood, it probably My father recommended this. The really important aspect is the personal aspect of the development of the Wheatbelt region — that is what makes this book great. I feel like by reading this book Fodtunate also had a much better idea of how people really lived a hundred years ago in Australia compared to the dull aobert I read or was taught in school.

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

It was very dry and non-emotional. He’s not a natural writer: I cannot begin to slbert how much I simply adored it. It is the story of a life lived to the full — the extraordinary journey of an ordinary man. Frequently — notwithstanding the bone-plain prose and dogged dialogue — the reader will be moved to tears. Facey often told these stories to his children, who begged him to write them down for future generations. 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 facry life in a world where your only resource is what nature provides.

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I congratulate whichever publisher somehow overcame the usually insurmountable affectation for over-conscious writerliness, and persevered long enough to become honestly engaged by this remarkable story. Not only did he adopt vocational learning, but he sought out people who could help with simple reading and writing skills as well.


He leads an amazing life filled with problems wars, poverty, abuse, the depression yet always seem to find the bright side and come out of it okay.

The manner of his telling combined rustic simplicity with stoic restraint. This was the hardest part of his life and fills most of the memoir. It was not that he no longer remembered the past; it was that he no longer needed to do so alone.

This makes this book very valuable indeed.

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

Aug 19, Nigel rated it really liked it. Give it a go What happens though is that at each stage in his life, AB or Bertie finds something to like about the people he’s with and learns a new skill that can serve him somewhere else. The author recounts the events of fortujate life from the late fortujate century through to Like Facey, Paul was the kind of man who could live off the land, build his own house and fix virtually anything.

I am also very suspicious of the accurate dates and names of people recounted 70 years after the fact. He was looked after by his grandmother until he was eight years old, when he went out to work. Aug 12, Laura Tenfingers rated albett did not like it Shelves: For example, Ljfe just could not finish listening to The Book Thief as the reader irritated me so much with his voice and his incompetent German pronunciation.

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