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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Poverty creates situations where parents can no longer care for their children, and in the old days, these kids were vulnerable and forced to grow up quickly. Dec 19, Colleen Stone rated it it was amazing Shelves: User Polls The greatest Australian mini-series, short run tv series Because that is what he is.

There was a great ending to this story and this man was so wonderful to truly believe that his life was a fortunate one despite all his pain and the issues he faced. The failure of Gallipoli is due to the fact that the British Army had recorded …more Ablert and records taken in WW1 were on the whole quite inaccurate. Jan 23, Amy rated it really liked it Shelves: The remarkable life of a seemingly ordinary Australian man.

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. Roy, Eric and Myra.

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

But he had an amazing, yet very simple and dry outlook on life. Photos Add Image Add an image Do you have any images for this title? He was let out to work at age 8. Facey, who had no formal education, taught himself to read and write.


The series ends with the yearthe book finishes in after having shown a great deal of Mr. Sep 17, Suzanne rated it really liked it Shelves: What a wonderful, inspirational book! The excitement of this book are these first 15 years: This book simply and beautifully gives us the meaning of life.

A Fortunate Life

Abandoned by his mother at the tender age of two, Albert Facey lived with some of his siblings and his grandparents in Victoria until when his Grandma decided to take them all to Perth in Western Australia where they would reunite with family. Henri Safran Marcus Cole. And a hard life it was! A truly riveting story of survival of a poor, abandoned, motherless child who is left to fend for himself.

It was written as he told the stories to his family. Aug 12, Laura Tenfingers rated it did not like it Shelves: Dominic Sweeney Nikki Coghill. 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.

Grandma Carr 3 episodes, See 2 questions about A Fortunate Life…. Strongest are the accounts of his childhood, where, with a memory for detail so miraculous it makes you wonder whether illiteracy may somehow have been an advantage, he pulls no punches in his internal processes, sharing his solitude with a frank facej that touches you deeply, and a humility reflected in the story’s q title.

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According to mr Roberts author of ‘landings at ANZAC ‘ Facey wasn’t at Gallipoli until nearly two weeks after the landings, was never wounded and the landings themselves were made unopposed!

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And fcey circumstances soon obliged her to send him off to work. To view it, click here. It was a feeling of wonder — not lonely, not afraid — a feeling of independence.

Does he have surviving family? I can’t tell you how many times I cried and laughed in this book.

It was enlightening and, at times, profoundly moving. What particularly impressed me was how someone who didn’t get any formal schooling and then didn’t learn to read or write until well into his teens and beyondwas able to recall so much detail about the wages he was earning, the dates when things happened in his life, all the day-to-day observations about life many of which go back more than a century now.

In an era before occupational health and safety standards were established he falls down a hazardous well and and miraculously escapes.

A Fortunate Life for Younger Readers

The other signal moment in his life is the chance meeting with an attractive young domestic named Evelyn Gibson soon after liife return to WA, in At times, this can be uninspiring to the reader as phrases are repeated to describe feelings.

The only one i noticed was ‘death-trap’ to describe a well that had caved in on him, and he probably meant that literally. Jock McKay 2 episodes, Maurie Ogden