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The Cat of Bubastes

G. A. Henty

Book Overview: 

G.A. Henty’s “tale of ancient Egypt” tells the story of Amuba, prince of the Rebu, who is taken captive when his people are conquered by the Egyptians, and then becomes the servant and companion of Chebron, son of the high priest of Osiris. A mystery unfolds as the lads find evidence of a murderous conspiracy within the ranks of the priesthood; but they must then flee for their lives when they unintentionally kill the cat selected as the successor to the Cat of Bubastes, one of the most sacred animals of Egypt. Amuba and Chebron are strong, courageous, and resourceful – but will this be enough to carry them beyond the long reach of the power of Egypt?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .d be necessary to enlarge gradually the circle of the initiated. His proposals [Pg 80] were nevertheless received with dismay and horror by his colleagues. They asserted that to allow others besides the higher priesthood to become aware of the deep mysteries of their religion would be attended with terrible consequences.

In the first place, it would shake entirely the respect and reverence in which the priesthood were held, and would annihilate their influence. The temples would be deserted, and, losing the faith which they now so steadfastly held in the gods, people would soon cease to have any religion at all. “There are no people,” they urged, “on the face of the earth so moral, so contented, so happy, and so easily ruled as the Egyptians; but what would they be did you destroy all their beliefs, and launch them upon a sea of doubt and speculation! No longer would they look up to those who have so long been their guides and teachers, and. . . Read More

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Well, I enjoyed meeting Moses in this book, and ya just have to love Egypt.

When Egypyians conquer the land of Rebu, the prince and the king's trusted advisor are taken as slaves. Fortunately, Amuba and Jethro are purchased by a kind and respectable man named Ameres, the high priest of Osiris. In Ameres' home, slaves are regarded as family and are not forced to adopt the...more

Wow. That.. was a book (:P) I mean, it was well written, of course (being written in the 1800's). But at times, i found the explanations a bit excessive. I enjoyed the concept, and Ancient Egypt really is quite interesting, but I'm not sure if I would ever read it again.

I TOTALLY saw that ending! =D *clapping* I love happy endings. Love.

It kind of killed me slowly.

This was great for history lovers, not for littles though, too much description of ancient customs, etc for my 6 yr girl. 9 yr boy loved it.

Fifteen-year old Rebu prince Amuba finds himself and his father’s trusted aide Jethro taken as slaves when his father falls and his kingdom is defeated by the Egyptians. But getting to Egypt is only the start of the adventure. Amuba and Jethro find themselves given over to the priest Ameres who i...more

Okay it took me *cough* a year and a half to finish reading this. I was reading it aloud with my sister, and we somehow managed to forget it for a long period of time. On to the review...

Some may complain that this book is boring and I can understand that. This book is very slow paced, the author...more

G.A. Henty is one of those old authors who you either love or find boring.I happen to love him. While I did find the formatting in this book to be horrible, I loved the story.
The priest was my favorite character.

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