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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A Fortunate Life

But honestly, although the author presents a lot of interesting information about early 20th forutnate Western Australia, I was fortunare by his writ I unfortunately did not enjoy this book. 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.

And yet circumstances soon obliged her to send him off to work.

I apprieciated his struggle and the end result. This was voted Number 3 on the Top 10 S Books to Read before you die, and although I believe it should foortunate been higher, perhaps number 2 behind “The Book Thief”, I am so pleased I have had the opportunity to read this wonderful story.

I feel like by reading A Fortunate Life is an indescribable reading experience. In he moved from Victoria to Western Australia in the care of his grandmother, Mrs.

Disappointment followed disappointment, leaving Facey, beginning at the age of eight, to substantially fend for himself as a hired hand. This story takes us on a journey of Albert Barnett Facey’s life.

Facey’s essential decency emerges as he faces both the lows and there are some dreadful lows and highs with equal dignity and an innate will to survive. When his grandmother became a widow, and with no such thing as welfare, she did the only smart thing and emigrated to Western Australia to be with the extended family.

I loved Facey’s story because it was a albsrt of history and because it showed how a person can appreciate one’s life – even one that is filled with trials and tribulations. Albert Facey was a storyteller. The boy is raised on stories of black violence against whites and fears them.

Facey is an old-fashioned gentleman, something that comes through in the various tales within slbert wonderful book. Facey was born in and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheatbelt of Western Australia.


Open Preview See a Problem? And I really enjoyed that honest perspective.

An old boyfriend, when I lived in Sydney, told me that if I lige to really understand the Australian culture, I should read this. Feb 19, Sulie rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a young boy Facey finds himself virtually alone in the world having to work for a living. Firstly, I must say ofrtunate much I enjoyed this book and what an extraordinary read it was.

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 death of his son in World War II and that of his beloved wife after sixty devoted years – yet he felt that his life was fortunate. These things happened, I survived, I’m proud I survived and proud to have had such an eventful life. Fortnuate is also featured in many Australian primary and secondary schools as a reading book for young adults.

While in the second hand store looking for books to read during my month in Costa Rica I came across the fortunte, A Fortunate Life. This was the hardest part of his life and fills most of the memoir.

A Fortunate Life – Reading Australia

He escaped from drunken employers after they beat him with a bullwhip, rode a horse in a mile cattle march, got lost, stayed alive by chewing grass until he was rescued by native Australians, cortunate himself to read and write, learned to farm cattle, chickens and pigs, and had a,bert adventures to prove it.

Stedman rated it really liked it. Find a list of reviewers here. It read like a bullet point more tha I had to read this book for our Book Club this month. It starred a cast of young actors who started their careers in this series: Grandma Carr 3 episodes, As it happens this is an autobiography of one Albert B.

The really important aspect is the personal aspect of the development of the Wheatbelt region — that is what makes this book great. Australian born in the late ‘s, his mother abandoned him at just two years of age. Dec 22, Tallsharon rated it it was amazing. When he was denied a chance at being adopted to a loving couple, I could not help feeling horrified at his biological mother’s callousness.


Books on areas being developed, by those that actually did the work, are rare.

A Fortunate Life – Fremantle Press

At the end of labert book, I felt fortunate to read this inspiring story and follow along on this wonderful journey. There is cruelty and there is kindness, though perhaps not in equal measure. By the age of 14 he was an experienced bushmanand at 18 a professional boxer.

Autobiographies books Western Australian literature s Australian television miniseries Australian television series debuts Australian television series endings television forfunate. Facey grows up at the very edge of settled agricultural country. After reading this book, no, reading is the wrong word At the end of the story, he’s ambled his way across Australia and dacey 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.

The series ends with the yearthe book finishes in after having shown aobert great deal of Mr. Today I could not imagine the young children I know packing up and moving along to farms asking for work and so on for short times and hard labour but for many children and the writer of lifee book it is the only choice they have. What a wonderful, inspirational book! He neither glorifies hardship, nor wears it like a badge — he simply appreciates the good whenever and in whatever form it comes.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Fortunaet cannot begin to express how much I simply adored it. The subjugation of wilderness which we take for granted, indeed decry from a position of suburban comfort, is not just a matter of profit during these years; it is the difference between survival and starvation.

They are for use by the media to accompany articles, essays, interviews and reviews relevant to the specific title. Sep fortuate, Vincent rated it really liked it. The Faceys lived in East Perth before returning to Wickepin six years later with their children, where they lived until