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The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,348 ratings  ·  170 reviews
The sacred cat of Bubastes has accidentally been slain; now young Chebron must pay for the offense with his own life, as this is the law of the Pagans in Egypt, 1250 BC. Chebron, the son of a high Egyptian priest, flees for his life taking his sister Mysa, one of the household slaves Amuba and several companions with him. They escape through closely guarded Egyptian exits ...more
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published 1998 by Preston-Speed Publications (first published 1889)
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Drina We read this aloud for school. My kids are 11, 9 and 7. They loved it. We are Christian. In our case, the kids knew the book was about ancient Egypt…moreWe read this aloud for school. My kids are 11, 9 and 7. They loved it. We are Christian. In our case, the kids knew the book was about ancient Egypt and what they believed. I never felt that the themes of their pagan worship were problematic. Great book!(less)

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Hann Remraf
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.
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
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 is not only highly educated and wise but also kind-hearted, taking them into his family as companion and carer for his children Chebron and Mysa, respectively rather than as servants. But when misfortune ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
It kind of killed me slowly.
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-lit

That is all.

I appreciate that Henty was writing in a time when rigorous, scientific archaeology was yet on the horizon, and the availability of information was scarce... but I just can't credit this book. The author's outlook (I'm assuming influenced heavily by the books of contemporary antiquarians) is completely a product of the times in which it was written in the 19th century, and as a result there's a deep misunderstanding of the historical cultures he writes about. For example, he misunderstands the r
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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I didn't really understand it.
Megan Franks
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 religion and customs of Egypt. Amuba and Jethro regard Egyptians with respect and awe, for they are a very learned people. In fact, they hope to one day be able to return to their homeland and improve l ...more
Mar 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Well, I enjoyed meeting Moses in this book, and ya just have to love Egypt.
Angela R. Watts
I TOTALLY saw that ending! =D *clapping* I love happy endings. Love.
Oct 17, 2018 added it
Shelves: for-school
// for my ancient history class. :/
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.
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tended to draw things out with a lot of detail. But, I loved it anyway. Yeah, sometimes the ten page descriptions of things got to be a bit much, but I learned an awful lot. This author did an amazing j
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my daily commute listen as I traveled out of town every day for training, this tripled my normal commute time, so lots of time to listen. Frankly I wasn't sure I would make it through the first 30 minutes, but the story started to rope me in. I don't want to give the plot away so I won't discuss that. I know this was written in the 1800s, and it is appropriate for all ages.

Some won't enjoy this book because of the style, but some will. If you do decide to give it a shot, allow it time i
Joseph Leskey
Oct 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who wanted to read it
This was really quite an excellent book. It was very fun, so to speak. But most of the chapters were roughly as long as the distance from here to Alpha Orionis, a thing that disagrees with me strongly. On the other hand, the battles weren't at all badly written. Et cetera, et cetera.
Calvin Edwards
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well I made a mistake, I finished this like a month or two ago
Sydney F.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
actually 3.5
Mar 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
We listened to the audiobook version while in the car. My littles were entertained. It was good until religion was involved. I wasn't a fan of how condescending it was towards the Egyptian's religion. It was hilarious that Egyptian religion was discredited due to simply making up gods because they were "simple minded" and not understanding that their was only one god. Yet the one true god appear in much the same way the Egyptian gods did. OK, if you're superior then so be it. Thankfully my littl ...more
Jun 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-aloud
These Henty historical novels keep coming up in my life. Most recently they were strongly recommended by a homeschooling mom whose taste in literature I truly trust. Happily this year the Easter Bunny brought us a few Henty novels. So far this book does not disappoint, and has inspired some independent historical research from my oldest son.

This evening we reached the half-way point in the Cat of Bubastes. The critical dramatic plot twist has occurred and now the protagonists must face their des
Aug 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
"The Cat of Bubastes" is my first GA Henty read. My husband and his brothers loved these books as kids, and after reading this one myself, I would target older children/young adults for recommending this book. Adults are likely to get bogged down in the simplicity of the plot and characters, and distracted by the out-dated style of the book. But as an exposure to historical fiction and wholesome characters, it's a great book.

For me, as an older reader used to more sophisticated writing, the lack
Aristae Henricus
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like good books
My mom read this book to me and my siblings when I was little and we didn't want her to put this down. We were literaly on the edge of our seats. This book is in around the time of Moses in the Bible, when he lived as a prince of Egypt. The main character is a prince of the Rebu people named Amuba, whose people have been conquered. He and his friend, Jethro are taken captive into Egypt and get taken by a kindly priest who treats them as sons. The sacred cat of Bubastes dies and a new cat has to ...more
Colleen Baker
This is an historical fiction adventure story, written for young readers in 1888, by British author George Alfred Henty. This is a unique glimpse into Egyptian culture during the time of Moses and the Captivity of Israel. Henty only lightly touches on Biblical history, concentrating more on Egyptian history, yet there is one scriptural theme used as the linch pin for the entire book: the One True God vs. the many gods, or Monotheism vs. idolatry. Though Henty's narrative style takes a little get ...more
My most *favorite* Henty read! :D This book has everything, excitement, adventure, a godly perspective and storyline (putting aside idols, following God, etc. and some Bible characters are included), and a sweet friendly romance near the end. :) It delights all ages! I love this story - a young man in Egypt who accidentally kills one of the sacred cats which starts himself, a slave boy/former prince and his former slave man, off on an amazing journey for their lives! Along they way they discover ...more
Alicia Willis
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Can I give this book ten stars? Amazing is the most appropriate word for it!

The intriguing plots will keep you guessing in this fabulous story of war, love, mystery, and victory! Follow the young Rebu prince Amuba from his captured homeland to slavery in Egypt. His life as the servant of the High Priest is full of lovely descriptions of Egyptian culture, exciting adventures, and coupled friendship and romance.

This book was very well-done. It was well-paced, but will still keep you on the edge o
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We loved this book. It is a great mix of historical information and fictional story. My kids loved it ages 12, 10, and 4 (yes the 4 year old followed most of the story). My daughter wasn't as keen with the description of the process of mummification but the boys loved everything. History, murder, action all in a kids story. It even kept my attention! Now to find more G A Henty!
Whitney White
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My mom read Henty books to my brother and me for our history when we were younger, and this was one of the first we read. I absolutely loved it, even though all the books were written for boys. I found this one interesting from the start, and even though I had read it before, I could not foresee what would happen next.
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fiction/Historical Fiction readers
So far I've only put up books that are very good (because they're at the top of my head). However, this is by far one of the best books I've read in my life.

Historical fiction at its finest. A close multi-generational story of one culture forced to adapt to a another. The event sequences flow very well, cliffhangers, and it exceeds what you'd look for in a good book.
Jami Sikkink
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great adventure along with high morals and wonderful English. The history and culture that one learns while reading the enticing story is perfect for young and old alike.
Not very well-known, but surprisingly good. I thought they mixed ancient Egyptian history and an interesting storyline very well. Plus a cameo!
Kendra Fletcher
Jul 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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George Alfred Henty, better known as G.A. Henty, began his storytelling career with his own children. After dinner, he would spend and hour or two in telling them a story that would continue the next day. Some stories took weeks! A friend was present one day and watched the spell-bound reaction of his children suggesting Henty write down his stories so others could enjoy them. He did. Henty wrote ...more
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