A Fortunate Life [A.B. Facey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Born in , Albert Facey lived the rough frontier life of a sheep farmer. A Fortunate Life [A.B. Facey] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With Bill Kerr, Dorothy Alison, Dale Randall, John Ley. Four part biopic about classic Australian author A.B. Facey (). Born in a large impoverished.

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What an amazing, inspirational story.

He promised his grandma he would never drink, and he never did. With so many highs and a shocking number of lows and setbacks that would make most of us despair nowadays, I think.

A Fortunate Life by A B Facey – Penguin Books Australia

Bert 14 years 2 episodes, And then to call this roller-coaster tale A Fortunate Life! Because that is what he is. I am so glad I read this near Anzac Day as it was even more poignant reading of his experiences.

Don’t just take the opinion of one man against the reputation and legacy of another man. He was illiterate until a teenager and then only learned from workbooks on his own after long days of hard labour. Set in Western Australia starting in the early ‘s, it is written in the most honest, least technical writ What an amazing, inspirational story.

He made the first notes on his life soon after World War I, and filled notebooks with his accounts of his experiences. In saying that, I enjoyed the sparseness of the language — he simply told things in an economical and modest way.

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It is not what I would typically read: Abandoned in infancy by his widowed mother to his grandmother, young Bert was before the age of eight sent away from home to work in order to relieve the family of the expense of keeping him.

I’ve read many, many autobiographies, most by famous people, most quite self-conscious, many defensive.

A Fortunate Life

Some people get really hung up on the Gallipoli section of this book. It is a true historical account, a glimpse back into yesteryear more entertaining and rich than many other “official” historical documents. This is a profound account of Australian life that illustrates aspects of the genesis of what was our national character, which with the cosseting effect of our subsequent material wealth forged by ancestors just such racey Bert Facey has eroded into an effete, self-interested petulance, exemplified at its cheating worst today in our sledging ‘sporting heroes’ and the venality of our politicians.

I feel like by reading this book I also had a much better idea of how people really lived a hundred years ago in Australia compared to the dull non-fiction Kife read or was taught ljfe school. Sep 17, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: He served at Gallipoli, a terribly bloody and difficult battle in WWI, where, by strange cooincidence he recieved a care package there from the woman he would later marry He married Emily Anne Hamersley forrunate had 5 children, Joseph passed away 17th junehis wife Anne will be nearly These things happened, I survived, I’m proud I survived and proud to have had such an eventful life.


A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers

In an era before occupational health and safety standards were established he falls down a hazardous well and and miraculously escapes. At a time when race relations were uneasy he naturally developed respectful relations with indigenous Australians. Bert 9 years 2 episodes, Benedict Sweeney Views Facry Edit View history.

It is the simplicity with which Facey tells his tale as he carves out his life parallel to a young nation forging its identity and place in the world, that draws the reader in. His father died before he was two and he was deserted by his mother soon afterwards. Edit Cast Series cast summary: As Bert comes to realise after his ordeal, the aborigines might have looked different with their black skins and mode of dress, but were, after all, little different from many white men.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. After coming home he learned how to be a farmer and once again, lige an amazing work ethic and can-do attitude he made a success of that. It was very dry and non-emotional. Since its publication in it has sold overcopies [1] and become a primary account of the Australian experience during World War I.