The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt: (G A Henty Masterpiece Collection)

The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt: (G A Henty Masterpiece Collection)

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by G A Henty
     
 

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The sun was blazing down upon a city on the western shore of the Caspian. It was a primitive city, and yet its size and population rendered it worthy of the term. It consisted of a vast aggregation of buildings, which were for the most part mere huts. Among them rose, however, a few of more solid build and of higher pretensions. These were the abodes of the chiefs and

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The sun was blazing down upon a city on the western shore of the Caspian. It was a primitive city, and yet its size and population rendered it worthy of the term. It consisted of a vast aggregation of buildings, which were for the most part mere huts. Among them rose, however, a few of more solid build and of higher pretensions. These were the abodes of the chiefs and great men, the temples, and places of assembly. But although larger and more solidly built, these buildings could lay no claim to architectural beauty of any kind, but were little more than magnified huts, and even the king's palace was but a collection of such buildings closely adjoining each other.
The town was surrounded by a lofty wall with battlements and loopholes, and a similar but higher wall girt in the dwellings of the king and of his principal captains. The streets were alive with the busy multitude; and it was evident that although in the arts of peace the nation had made but little progress, they had in every thing appertaining to war made great advances. Most of the men wore helmets closely fitting to the head and surmounted by a spike. These were for the most part composed of hammered brass, although some of the headpieces were made of tough hide studded with knobs of metal. All carried round shields-those of the soldiers, of leather stiffened with metal; those of the captains, of brass, worked with considerable elaboration.

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ISBN-13:
9781495339127
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
01/25/2014
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Aravis_Tarkheena More than 1 year ago
The Cat of Bubastes by G.A Henty (1889) is one of the best Egyptian books that are based on fiction. Even though this book is fiction, it can be used as a supplemental textbook because the details about Egyptian culture and belief system are extremely accurate. (The Cat of Bubastes is a more advanced book, so it might be too difficult for some ages.) The main story line follows five main characters as they try to escape the brutalities of the Egyptians' way of belief. Two of them are captured slaves, two are wealthy Egyptians, and one is a young Israelite girl. Together they endeavor to escape Egypt. This book challenges the belief that if everyone is doing it, it must be right. Through out the story, the main characters come to realize that what society dictates isn't always correct. I really like this because it helps encourage finding things out for yourself, and making sure that what you're doing is right. The element that sets this book apart from other books is the realistic and accurate depiction of the characters. Each of the main characters has a strong honest personality that drives their actions and decisions. G.A. Henty portrays characters in such a way that the reader can really understand their emotions as they struggle for freedom. If you like Egyptian history or historical fiction, this is definitely one of the best books out there. It will take you right into the middle of one of the most fascinating times in history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I looooooooved this! It got read aloud to me and I couldn't ever wait for the next chapter! It's so exciting!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a tale in the times of Ancient Egypt. It tells of a young boy who is a captive of the Egyptians after a war with his country. The Cat of Bubastes has a lot of excitement, action, and suspense. If your are a lover of stories of the acient Egyptians, this is the book for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like Dickens and other authors of his era, Henty does not write fluff. His stories are to be read leisurely and savored. By putting the historical facts in the setting of the life of a young person, he makes ancient history alive and interesting. His vivid descriptions make you feel as though you are in a palace, desert or caravan. You live their emotions. By making history so personal, he makes it memorable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for possible inclusion in historically integrated school curricula, and it barely made the grade. It has an imaginative plot but it is written in a heavy style with little depth to the characters, and therefore not much to keep a child interested. It almost takes an adult to persevere to the (very predictable) end. Definitely not recommended for below 7th grade.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great especially if you like Ancient Egypt or are doing a project. It has a great story line. One warning. The characters talk a little to much. Besides that it is a spectacular book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book to help me in history. I was learning about the ancient Egyptians at the time. Nothing helps you visualize the ancient times like Henty does. A WONDERFUL book! He is also very historically accurate.
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