This is one of those amazing books where you just can't find enough superlatives to convey exactly how much you enjoyed it and/or the impact it had on you. As a school student and as an adult you often hear tales of how difficult life was for previous generations, but it is only through reading a first hand account like this one, that you really "get" it.
One of the magical things about this book is knowing that a generation of men/women like this will never exist again, simply because we have so much more now. Even those in dire hardship at least have the backstop of Government support, something that didn't exist then. Also there are many things you just can't do now without permits/permission/qualifications etc, but in these times anyone who was willing to have a go at something could do so.
Facey is an engaging and natural storyteller and you have to remind yourself as you read that is is a man who had no formal education. The language is simple but compelling and you really don't want it to end. Facey is an old-fashioned gentleman, something that comes through in the various tales within this wonderful book. It is a true historical account, a glimpse back into yesteryear more entertaining and rich than many other "official" historical documents.
Overall a brilliant, inspirational book that will help you understand what an amazing job the pioneers of this country did to help create the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today.