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5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story of a lucky life
Surviving hardship and adversity, a cave-in while at the bottom of an outback well, the Gallipoli Landings, and being lost in the outback for a week as a boy, surviving by chewing grass - Bert's early life was a charmed and wonderful adventure that makes compelling reading. My only disappointment was his bleak atheistic conclusions as an old man, after all he'd...
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Fortunate Life
Fascinating, hard and insightful account of world war 1 Australia. The harshness of bush subsistence comes across very well. Brilliant.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable story of a lucky life, 8 Jan 2007
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Surviving hardship and adversity, a cave-in while at the bottom of an outback well, the Gallipoli Landings, and being lost in the outback for a week as a boy, surviving by chewing grass - Bert's early life was a charmed and wonderful adventure that makes compelling reading. My only disappointment was his bleak atheistic conclusions as an old man, after all he'd survived/been spared. That aside it's a riveting read and a fascinating window back into the golden age of Pioneer Australia. Highly recommended! An Australian Classic deserving of a place in any Oz fans library.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding book, 23 Aug 2004
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'A Fortunate Life' is one of those rare books that you start reading, and then end up pacing yourself because you don't want it to end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about each stage of Facey's difficult life, and felt very humbled by the fact that despite so much adversity, he considered himself to have been fortunate. You will laugh as much as you'll cry when you read this book; I absolutely loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read for young and old, 21 Sep 2009
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This man went through so much in his lifetime, suffering all kinds of hardships right from his formative years, and yet he tells his story without any hint of self-pity; indeed, as the title suggests, he felt he'd had a good life. It is this spirit that gives the story its meaning, as he pushes on through the problems and difficulties that would have brought many to their knees in the early stages.
Facey's story is truly inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really great story!, 9 Feb 2013
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Read it when it was first published and couldn't find my copy when I felt a need to read it again. A story, not a classic story but one of the hardship endured by one man as a child who made good and should be read by every teenager feeling hard done by in this modern world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read,....., 25 Nov 2009
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What a very enjoyable book, it's one of those books you don't want to end... a simple book about a simple fella who went through some tough times.. how can one man experience so many things in one lifetime... The problem now is, what do i read next..!!!!
The afterword by Jan Carter really wound me up.... i put the book down thinking.. " what the hell was she on about "... educated folk can talk such rubbish...
Buy the book, you'll love it but don't read the afterword... leave it where Albert ends HIS story...
Adrian..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A humbling story by an extraordinary man., 13 Aug 2010
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All the way through this book I had to remind myself this was a true story. A tale of great strength and great love through what would now seem unendurable circumstances and sometimes inhuman treatment, especially from his mother.
A remarkable snapshot of a life that makes us truly appreciate the comforts of our modern world.
Read and pass it on, it's too good to sit on the shelf!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fortunate Life, 18 April 2014
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Prompt delivery,the book was in good condition and an interesting read portraying how difficult life was in the early years in Australia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read, 9 Dec 2013
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An amazing tale, humbling. Highly recommend it. A shame it is so hard to get and expensive when you do find it
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4.0 out of 5 stars a fortunate life, 15 Sep 2013
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it illustrates how tough life was in country Australia not so very long ago and the resilience of the Australians of that time and before. it is truly humbling that someone can suffer so much and yet remain positive. a lovely book and required reading for understanding Australia's development.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read, 24 July 2013
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Once you start this book you have to keep reading, a hard life very well written and an insight into growing up in Australia during the depression, MUST READ 10/10
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