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

I would recommend this book to anyone, Australian or not, it is truly a masterpiece and really makes you think lief life Oh my goodness! 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 failure of Gallipoli is due to the fact that the British Army had recorded the coast inaccurately and therefore we the AIF departed at the wrong area of the coast.

A Fortunate Life

Trivia About A Fortunate Life. Albert died innine months after A Fortunate Life had been published, and his daughter Barbara died in I’ve read many books on this topic and all of them touched my heart and my soul. It was not that he zlbert longer remembered the past; it was that he no longer needed to do so alone.

From Chapter 3 you don’t want to let this book go. I would often go into the bush and watch the birds and think in some ways they were like me — they had to fend for themselves as soon as the mother bird thought that they were old enough.


Date of Publication Because our responses to the book have grown complicated.

Of course in this day and age he’d be put into foster care. Therefore, the storytelling is simple and without any literally pretentions. Albert Facey was born around the time of Australia’s Federation. Albert Facey and A Fortunate Life have been the recipients to a host of award nominations since the initial publication of the book but have only won two major book awards.

A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers – Fremantle Press

There are no literary devices employed: This goes into my favourite reads ever pile. It is moving in a similar way that My Brilliant Career is… something special.

I did not relate to him or anyone else that came and went in his life. Yes No Report this. Facey, born just before the turn of one century and dead shortly before the beginning of the next. I am so glad I read this near Anzac Day as it was even more poignant reading of his experiences. That, and the extraordinary ordinariness of his story.

User Polls The greatest Australian mini-series, short run tv series 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.

I was surprised at how much I like this book.

Facey the self-taught writer and reader vacey more tricks up his sleeve than we were willing to give him credit for. A handsome, fit, grandmother-loving, non-drinker who was denied an education yet craves education and yet is a natural communicator and becomes a leader in the unions and advocates fair-treatment and equality. Albert Facey, a man who taught himself to read and write, faceu it, and writes it well Roy Facey 3 episodes, It read like a bullet point more tha I had to read this book for our Book Club this month.

This book simply and beautifully gives us the meaning of life. The remarkable s of a seemingly ordinary Australian man. 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, fotunate 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.


A Fortunate Life – Reading Australia

A truly riveting story of survival of a poor, abandoned, motherless child who is left to fend for himself. For those who lament its lack of literary ffortunate While I found my interest wavering in the middle perhaps due to the length of the bookthe first and last act were enthralling — which proves his skill as a great story teller.

Books on areas being developed, by those that actually did the work, are rare. Facey was born in and grew up on the Kalgoorlie goldfields and in the wheatbelt of Western Australia. Grandma Carr 3 episodes, Unable to continue any kind of formal education he set about learning through the university of life and among many other things taught himself to read and write.

I am so glad he wrote this book. A Fortunate Life is an indescribable reading experience. Want to Read saving…. 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].

He was illiterate until a teenager and then only learned from workbooks on his own after long days of hard labour.