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 handing it over she noted that it was a text familiar to most Australisns. That was Paul Berquist, my former wife’s maternal grandfather. He is quick on his feet but the fights are largely staged — acts of violence performed as light entertainment.

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

Alice McCall 2 episodes, Paradoxically his heart ached for stability and a loving home. In saying that, I enjoyed the sparseness of the language — he simply told things in an economical and modest way. For example, I just could not finish listening to The Book Thief as the reader irritated me so much with his voice a There are so fortunatee detailed GR reviews, I won’t reinvent the wheel by saying too much about the plot or characters, and instead just focus on why I belong in the camp of Facey fans.

From Our Catalogue Pre-Order. When asked on an interview, where the name of the book originated. Born in in Victoria, Fortunatee Facey faced fortumate and varied challenges right from the get go. May 04, R. Not only did he adopt vocational learning, but he sought out people who could help with simple reading and writing skills as well. Despite his renowned life, Facey considered his life to be simple albet “had no idea what all the fuss was about”.

For example, I just could not finish listening to The Book Thief as the reader irritated me so much with his voice and his incompetent German pronunciation. Movies, TV shows, from the land down under. Full Cast and Crew. View all 3 comments. His having been instilled with integrity and determination by the grandmother he remained s to until her death atBert’s wits and character carried him through many albret adventures and abuses around post-colonial Western Australia, in which he learned all there is to know about horseriding, shooting, sheep- and pig-rearing, wheat farming, housebuilding and bushcraft, until WW1, whereupon, as a strapping six-footer and amateur sideshow boxing champion, he enlisted and was landed at Gallipoli, which he survived for many weeks until, severely injured, he was sent home, his destiny forever changed.


If it remains fascinating today for its portrait of an ordinary bloke who lived through remarkable times, our enduring enthusiasm for it says something significant about us, too.

I was looking forward to reading about his experience in WWI. I can’t be enthusiastic enough about this autobiography by Albert Facey. He loses a first family farm to the Depression and his eldest son to the Pacific theatre of the Second World War. Facey has no time for metaphor.

And that is always not a very good sign. The natural world is a kind of braille for the unlettered boy. As a tram driver in Perth in the years immediately afterward, he becomes involved with the trade union movement and develops a more sophisticated sense fodtunate the bifurcation between the haves and have-nots in Australian society.

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. Facey was born in and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheatbelt of Western Australia. When I was forced to leave the country visa expirationI actually bought the book at the Sydney Airport, and started to read it on my way to Hong Kong on the plane, after I dried the tears from my departure q goodbyes.

A Fortunate Life

He wrote this book to leave his story behind for his children and we are so lucky that he did. For me, this suggested humility, but in truth it is more likely to be a trick of memory. 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. The show paints an excellent picture of a typical tough “cobber”, and it gives insight into the Australian people of the time.


Yes No Report this. This edition contains maps and illustrations and an afterword by Jan Carter. But he also had good moments – he persevered and seemed to understand how important education was in order to for him get ahead.

A Fortunate Life by Albert B. Facey

Use the HTML below. He joined the tramways and was active in the Tramways Union.

After reading this book, no, reading is the wrong word His commentary on the horror at Gallipoli will stay with me for a long time.

What a wonderful, inspirational book! His later years, which are sketched thinly to the earlier years tell of a loving family man, working on the trams in the city, or as a farmer on a soldier settlement plan.

At the end of this book, I felt fortunate to read this inspiring story and follow along on this wonderful journey. Anyway, enough of my rant. I’ve read many, many autobiographies, most by famous people, most quite self-conscious, many defensive.

After all this he travels to and survives horrific Gallipoli. 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. Like many others, Facey is politicised by the war. Bert 14 years 2 episodes, Dominic Sweeney At the tail end of a period of unprecedented national prosperity, domestic peace and material comfort it must be hard for contemporary readers to imagine how a man who suffered so much could view his life as blessed.

As he grew, he was determined to learn to read and write, feeling embarrassed by his lack of knowledge. 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. The couple had seven children — the eldest, Barney, was killed during the Second World War — and twenty-eight grandchildren.

Disappointment followed disappointment, leaving Facey, beginning at the age of eight, to substantially fend for himself as a hired hand.

And then to call this roller-coaster tale A Fortunate Life!