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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic true story of a life in the Aussie outback.
An amazing true story covering the extraordinary life of a orphan growing up in the Austrailian outback. This is a story of courage, hardship, humour and the strength of the human sprit. Unschooled Facey wrote his life story in touchingly modest way. A book everyone should read.
Published on 26 Dec 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Face To Face With Life's Dangers
As others have said, this IS a fascinating book, and really stands as the tale of the emerging nation of Australia told through one man's (early) life story. Bert Facey emerges from poverty stricken-childhood in western Australia, through loss and separation from his parents, to having to fend for himself from a very young age against cruel employers, wild animals, fate,...
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic true story of a life in the Aussie outback., 26 Dec 1998
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An amazing true story covering the extraordinary life of a orphan growing up in the Austrailian outback. This is a story of courage, hardship, humour and the strength of the human sprit. Unschooled Facey wrote his life story in touchingly modest way. A book everyone should read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story of an Australian in the early 1900s, 20 May 2002
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This is the biography of the life of an ordinary Australian man who, by grasping appropriate opportunities, was able to achieve extraordinary things.
It gives the reader a compelling insight into life in Australia as experienced by so many of our pioneering families.
Facey draws a fascinating picture of growth from hardship in remote Australia at that time - 'experienced but not endured' - to a more fortunate way of life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Face To Face With Life's Dangers, 22 Oct 2013
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As others have said, this IS a fascinating book, and really stands as the tale of the emerging nation of Australia told through one man's (early) life story. Bert Facey emerges from poverty stricken-childhood in western Australia, through loss and separation from his parents, to having to fend for himself from a very young age against cruel employers, wild animals, fate, and Australia's harsh environment. But Bert holds his nerve at every turn, spurred on by a strong personal sense of right and wrong, and an instinct to stay just the right side of danger. These raw materials are then invaluable to Bert when he finds himself dodging bullets on the beaches of Gallipoli, in a war that costs him the lives of two of his brothers. Injury and instinct combine again to throw him into the arms of his bride to be back home in Oz. The disappointment for the reader, though, is that having been entranced by Bert's story upto his marriage, he then skips over the next sixty-plus years in a few paragraphs, hopping through the emergence of his own family and further tribulations through the Depression, the Second World War, and the ongoing health legacies of his First World War experiences. As I said, it's a real shame that Facey does the opposite of what most autobiographers do, in speeding time up through his later life story, rather than slowing it down and spinning us a longer yarn. Despite this, Bert's message is clear - we all need good fortune in our lives, but we're all capable of shaping that good fortune ourselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tough life of an Australian, 16 May 2014
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The story of an Australian, simply and powerfully written, with scarcely an adjective in the book. Highly recommend to adults and children.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A glimpse in to life in the Australian outback in the early 20th century, and to what people can do when determined to overcome, 27 Feb 2014
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This simply written narrative gives the reader a feeling for early 20th century life in Western Australia.
Although the writer always presents himself in a very favourable light and seems a little self righteous at times, the reader cannot but admire the tenacity of spirit that enabled him to overcome great adversity.
From being sent to work at the age of eight years, to being wounded in the first world war, losing his farm during the great depression and losing a son in the second world war, the writer remained cheerful and resolute and grateful for his lot.
A great contrast with the attitudes of so many in our time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars captivated, 31 Dec 2013
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This book was advised by my daughter to read and I hardly ever put it down. The early years in the bush and people met along the road made it a very unputdounable read. Got bogged down with war details but find enjoy the overall story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fortunate life - fantastic story, 3 Dec 2013
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A tremendous story of optimism and courage. The detail of hard life in the outback is astounding and very moving butthesimplicityand the humanity of the author is truely haeartwarming. A great read for any time. Especially good at Christmas. Could not recommend it more highly. Best thing I've read in years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life., 29 April 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this autobiography. He is a man that uses simple language and delightful details to weave a profound and inspiring story. What tenacity and gumption he showed all through his life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best ozzie autobiography, 22 April 2013
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A captivating story of a man's triumph over disadvantage. Can't exaggerate it's charms. I could not put it down for a minute
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present, 27 Mar 2013
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I was given this book to read, loved it, could not put it down. So bought it for someone I loved. would recommend to everyone who will listen.
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