Everyone has a story. Some are better than others at telling them. Some get written down and even get published. When a well-told story comes along, one that resonates, it is a pure joy!
This book, A Fortunate Life by A. B. Facey, was sent to a friend of ours from her sister in Australia. It is in the form of 10 CDs and is read by an Australian, Roger Cardwell. It is absolutely outstanding both in content and delivery! (The book is available on Amazon; I see from the web that it is describe as an autobiographical novel.)
Set in Australia it is the story of an "ordinary" man's life mainly in the early days of settlement in Western Australia (early 1900s). Born in 1895 he lived a long life, and a very hard life. Late in his life his family encouraged him to put his stories down on paper. Then with some work, it was put together as a book.
He was born in 1894 and died 9 months after the book was published in 1981. He was a person who simply got on with life despite difficult times or situations. Working on the land, clearing sites for settlement, working on farms, he never had any schooling. Eventually, when he was in his early 20s, some Scottish settlers he met gave him help to learn to read and write (by lending him books).
However, what really interested me was that his story is not dissimilar to many people who lived in Western Canada at that time. They faced hard times as they arrived in a land where they had to establish a place to live, get work and get through the winter.
My father (born 1919) left school at 14 to help with the farm work. In these small communities away from the big cities people spent their lives clearing land, building houses, getting crops and farms established. In my father's case it was an orchard farm.
This book also highlighted how tough it was for women - getting water, dealing with accidents and illness, feeding families in the Depression. Yet they made a life for themselves ... and felt very fortunate that they were able to do so!