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Freddy Auratus is the main character of the "Golden Hamster Saga", written by Deitlof Reiche and translated from the German by John Brownjohn. He is a hamster that feels that he serves a greater purpose in life than just sitting in a pet shop all day. So, he learns to read and write and goes through many adventures from opening his cage, to escaping to the past. He is a very intelligent hamster. In Freddy's Final Quest, he goes to live in 12th century Syria, reaching his promised land. This part of the series received generally critical reception, as to live in Assyria he must leave Mr. John, Sophie, and his other friends.