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The Healer's WarHer own personal experiences to create the central character Lt Kitty McCulley McCulley a young and inexperienced nurse tossed into a stressful and chaotic situation is having a difficult time reconciling her duty to help and heal with the indifference and overt racism of some of her colleagues and with the horrendously damaged soldiers and Vietnamese civilians whom she encounters during her service at the China Beach medical facilities She is unexpectedly helped by the myster. returnreturnThis was one of those years when the Nebula system managed to recognise an exceptional novel that would never win a Hugo The Healer's War is a somewhat autobiographical account of the Vietnam war as seen by an American military nurse with precisely one sfnal element a magic amulet with slightly healing powers which gives the narrator the power of empathy with the Vietnamese of all sides and of none and indeed with her fellow Americans as well It is a fair comment that the magic amulet is a literary device that enables the author to tell the story she wants Scarborough herself says so in an afterword But I think it's still entirely legitimate to count the book within the genre and to acknowledge its merits accordinglyreturnreturnIt's a stark contrast with other war stories I have read which tend to concentrate on the view of the individual soldier eg Catch 22 and War and Peace The Healer's War concentrates on the non soldiers involved in war and indeed its military characters tend to be pretty unpleasant whether Americans or Vietnamese of either side But I felt that none of them slipped into caricature; the narrator's commitment to empathy helped to avoid that trap It was a gripping and moving read

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Free download The Healer's War ☆ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ð Although perhaps best known for her lightly humorous fantasies and for her collaborations with Anne McCaffrey on the Petaybee series and the Acorna series Elizabeth Anne Scarborough has also written Healer's War a classic novel of the Vietnam War enriched with Ious and inexplicable properties of an amulet given to her by one of her patients an elderly dying Vietnamese holy man which allows her to see other people's auras and to understand about them as a result This eventually leads to a strange almost surrealistic journey through the jungle accompanied by a one legged boy and a battle seasoned but crazed soldier and by the end of the journey McCulley has found herself and a way to live and survive through the madness and destruction. This won the Nebula in 1989 On the one hand I can see why but on the other hand I'm left scratching my head a bit It's an often grim and brutal portrait of the reality of the Vietnam War and it has a ring of authenticity given that Scarborough was herself an army nurse there The fantasy component an amulet is almost incidental to the essentials of the story That's the part that makes me scratch my head about the award this is barely a fantasy at allAs you might expect from a realistic war story few people here are all bad or all good including the bad guys with one exception near the end One surgeon is a virulent racist but a kind and dedicated doctor to the American wounded; the narrator herself cares deeply for her Vietnamese patients but is shallow and self centered in other ways; a Viet Cong colonel is a barbaric warrior but also intelligent and rational and so on And as you might also expect from a Vietnam story there is no happy ever after and no tidily tied up plot threads During the course of the book the first person narrator moves from completely overwhelmed to competent caregiver to head nurse to the depths of hopelessness and desperation to prolonged shellshock and betrayal to a dawning awareness that life continues the pieces need to be picked up and she can help with the healing process No tidy story arc hereOver all this is a moving and gripping account And though the fantastical elements were a distraction at times I can see that Scarborough was using them as a vehicle to think about empathy interpersonal connections and understanding possibilities for healing and so on a physical manifestation of the need to reach out and cross boundaries So the amulet and its conseuences did have a placeAs for the narrator this was narrated by Robin Miles an excellent narrator who has done a boatload of books The use of Miles is interesting in and of itself in fact You see Miles is black but neither the author nor the MC are Miles has narrated a lot of black books black authors andor MCs and I've previously enjoyed books she's done for NK Jemisin and Nnedi Okorafor But you would never guess her race here except possibly for her authentic portrayal of a black Southern soldier in the later parts of the book So am I being racist to even notice that she is black Is it a hopeful sign that a black person is narrating a non black book What if a white person narrated a black book Why do we even still care these days Things to ponder in our unsettled age

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Although perhaps best known for her lightly humorous fantasies and for her collaborations with Anne McCaffrey on the Petaybee series and the Acorna series Elizabeth Anne Scarborough has also written Healer's War a classic novel of the Vietnam War enriched with a magical mystical twist which won the 1989 Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1988 The Minneapolis Star Tribune called it A brutal and beautiful book Scarborough herself was a nurse in Vietnam during the war and she draws on. The Healer's War Harrowing tale of a Vietnam combat nurseOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureThis is another Nebula winner I’ve had on the shelf ever since it was published in 1998 but hadn’t got around to reading So when I found an audio version on Audible narrated by Robin Miles one of my favorite female narrators after listening to NK Jemisin’s phenomenal The Fifth Season that was enough to pull it to the top of my TBR list Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is mostly known as a writer of humorous fantasy novels along with several collaborations with Anne McCaffrey so it was uite a surprise to discover that she was a combat nurse in Vietnam and The Healer’s War is a fictional treatment of her experiences there complete with fantasy elementsThe Healer’s War is the story of Lieutenant Kitty McCulley an inexperienced young nurse who feels it’s not fair for just young American men to go off to Vietnam and risk their lives so she signs on for a stint as a combat nurse at China Beach The first third of the book is about her struggles with the stressful conditions away from home fending off constant sexual advances from the soldiers though not always and trying to come to terms with the chaos and brutality of warThough she is not on the front lines dodging bullets land mines Viet Cong soldiers hostile villagers and punji stick traps she treats the young soldiers that have to deal with these conditions every day freuently suffering horrendous physical injuries and just as often psychological trauma like PTSD along with the anger and suspicion that come from distrust of the South Vietnamese and uestions as to why the hell they are halfway across the world fighting Communism when their supposed allies don’t seem to want them thereThe Healer’s War pulls no punches when describing the dreadful injuries of war but what stands out is that Kitty treats Vietnamese civilians as well as US soldiers and actually forms closer bonds with her Vietnamese patients who are just caught in the middle Everyone is a victim sacrificed for a larger Cold War political chess game between the US and Communist powers like China and the Soviet Union So whether her patients are American soldiers South Vietnamese civilians or even Viet Cong POWs her mission remains to treat their injuries and bring them comfort One of her patients is an old man named Xe with a mysterious amulet that he refuses to surrender even when going into surgery Despite being a double amputee he seems to have a strange power and aura of strength that draws her to him When the amulet comes into her possession she discovers she can see and shape the psychic auras of others which helps her in her treatment of patientsThe first half of The Healer’s War is hardly science fiction or fantasy at all — it is a memoir of a young nurse treating soldiers in Vietnam and also about her private relationships with the soldiers all of whom are desperately horny for the company of an American woman It’s uite funny how they all try to pick her up some with crude comments others with finesse but freuently they are married and concealing it After all they are far from home and could be killed any day It’s both flattering and insulting to her how much attention she gets Eventually she does meet a handsome and fairly charming chopper pilot named Tony and they are able to share some intimate moments amid the stress and miseryHowever when Kitty is transferred to a new medical facility and assigned a new head doctor his virulent racism and hatred of all Vietnamese people because his younger brother was killed in Vietnam leads to an insurmountable conflict due to her close bonds with her Vietnamese patients One day he simply orders her to discharge all of them saying he’d be damned if he devotes a single resource to helping “the enemy” This includes many of her close friends and sending these amputees to local Vietnamese clinics amounts to a death sentence It’s a very emotionally wrenching situation very finely describedThe final third of the book is the only part in which the fantasy element becomes prominent as Kitty is stranded in the forest with a one legged young Vietnamese boy and a crazed black American soldier who has lost his entire company As they wander through combat zones hoping to avoid the Viet Cong and find friendly US forces Kitty discovers just how much psychological damage the war has inflicted on both herself and her companions assisted by the aura sensing power of the amulet When they are then captured by Viet Cong soldiers things get very complicated The resolution is dramatic but morally ambiguous as any treatment of the Vietnam War must inevitably be It did remind me of Vietnam war films like Platoon Casualties of War and even Coming Home and Born on the 4th of July at the endThe Healer’s War is a memorable Vietnam War memoir with a uniue female perspective and though its fantasy elements are not really crucial they do add to her ability to try to understand and heal the wounds of war I would recommend it to anyone who wants some perspective of this war though it is a visceral and gut wrenching experience and not for the faint of heart