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by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

eBook The Healer's War download ISBN: 0759287244
Author: Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Publisher: e-reads.com (May 17, 2010)
Language: English
Pages: 358
ePub: 1569 kb
Fb2: 1240 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Category: Pseudoscience
Subcategory: Fantasy

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Читать онлайн - Scarborough Elizabeth Ann. ru Читать онлайн The Healer's War. Scarborough Elizabeth Ann. THE HEALERS WAR BY ELIZABETH ANN SCARBOROUGHSynopsis:Very realistic and chilling novel of an army nurse in Vietnam. Kitty finds herself alone in enemy territory with a crippled Vietnamese child, her only protection a mysterious amulet given to her by an ancient Vietnamese wise man. The touch of fantasy keeps this book from being a true nightmare.

The Healer's War book. A novel of the Vietnam War, with a magical, mystical twist. Elizabeth Ann Scarborough is mostly known as a writer of The Healer's War: Harrowing tale of a Vietnam combat nurse Originally posted at Fantasy Literature This is another Nebula winner I’ve had on the shelf ever since it was published in 1998, but hadn’t got around to reading. Jemisin’s phenomenal The Fifth Season, that was enough to pull it to the top of my TBR list.

Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Is he like your guru or something?". He gulped the coffee and pitched the cup irl the wastebasket with a basketball twist of the wrist. Yeah, something like that. Yeah, something like that dcap, Lieutenant. Every Thursday morning. I didn't much like Charlie Heron. He was a little holler-thanthou

Another fascinating thing about The Healer’s War, and something which was very evident to me from the extract in the Nebula collection, is that the book has a stark, complex immediacy to it.

Another fascinating thing about The Healer’s War, and something which was very evident to me from the extract in the Nebula collection, is that the book has a stark, complex immediacy to it.

Elizabeth Ann Scarborough was born March 23, 1947. She won a Nebula Award in 1989 for her novel The Healer's War. She has written numerous books with Anne McCaffrey including The Twins of Petaybee series and the Acorna series. Библиографические данные. The Healer's War. Автор. Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.

A former military nurse in Vietnam, Scarborough here presents a mostly realistic novel of Army nurse Kathleen McCulley's coming of age. Her tour of duty at China Beach puts the young woman from Kansas through the usual mixture of empathy for the Vietnamese and anger at the indifference or outright racism of army personnel. The unanticipated twist is a hallucinatory journey through the jungle with a one-legged Vietnamese boy, a battle-seasoned but crazy soldier and a magic amulet given her by a dying holy man.

A literary departure for acclaimed fantasy author Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, The Healer’s War draws on her personal experience as an army nurse in Da Nang to create a classic novel of the Vietnam War, enriched with a magical, mystical twist.

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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 her 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 mysterious 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 more 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.
Comments: (7)
Deorro
As the author herself states - it's the story she could get published not the truth. I've been cleaning out my late husband's office. He died of Myocardial Ischemia as a result of exposure to Agent Orange in Viet Nam. (It used to drip off their noses, he said). He was an "In Country" Sargent of the type that finally rescued the nurse. I found the paper work from his PTSD case. The horrors she talks about are true. He was 19 when he first went to 'Nam - and an old man when he returned 1 year later. If they lived it we owe it to them to a the very least read about it.
Jelar
This is the best book I never nominated for an award.

I read it when it first came out and considered nominating it for the Mythopoeic Award. I decided not to on the basis that the fantasy element was not really mythic in nature. But it got the Nebula Award, which is even better, because that is awarded by authors, honoring excellence among their own.

This is Scarborough's masterpiece. I just reread it and it holds up very well, decades later. Her story of the traumatic experiences of an army nurse are just as relevant today with today's vets. The fantasy device, the amulet given her by the old man, is a wonderful vehicle enabling the main character to grow in empathy and knowledge of "the enemy" - and realizing that the enemy doesn't always look that different from you. I don't want to put in spoilers, but I think that Scarborough does an excellent job showing how the events which happen to her poor character affect the woman long-term, with an eye to hope at the end.

This is an amazing, important book that everyone should read.
Maman
I read Scarborough's The Godmother a while ago, I think I read the sequel too but can't now remember. I remember I found both of them amusing but not deep enough to stick with me long as some other fantasy/sci-fi writers have. I was also a mid-teen during the Vietnam war, one of those protestors who wanted to bring the boys home (and they were just boys, average age was 19!). My favorite uncle was a Special Forces guy over there, did 3 terms because he couldn't abandoned his buddies, came home to wrestle with his own conscience and try to do something back home that would make a difference. But he didn't talk about the war except to say it was hell--until Ken Burns tapped him for the recent PBS documentary. My cousin was a medic over there, came home but eventually died from leukemia way before his time. Because of both of them (my uncle was injured several times), I was curious about the women over there, the nurses in particular, because those women volunteered to go and faced things they had never imagined back home, suffered the same mental anguish and resulting problems from what they saw, felt, heard, lived there. I wasn't sure how Scarborough's "fantasy" Vietnam book was going to read--nothing fantasy about that war. I loved the story EXCEPT the bit about the amulet and what it did, that just felt waaaayyyy to contrived and sort of out of place. I do understand how she needed a vehicle to allow first the old miracle man to move about freely healing, but then saving the Lt., an American female, from a fate that could have been much more brutal and deadly. I am glad Scarborough was able to climb herself out of her funk after returning to the States; not ever vet has been able to. This book is a good introduction for everyone who reads it who have had no inkling or curiosity about the "foreign" women who went and worked in Vietnam. Those women are of a caliber that is unbelievable. I'm glad we now have a memorial to the women who served in DC.
Heri
A burned-out nurse at an army hospital in Viet Nam deals with patient crises, racist co-workers, and mystical powers.

I have wanted to read this book for years. I'm a nurse, I lived during the Viet Nam era, and I've liked some of the author's fantasy. So I finally took my Christmas Amazon gift cards and bought it. Unfortunately, I just couldn't finish it. Between the gloomy tone and the mysticism, I reached the point that I just didn't care what happened next. Does it accurately portray an army nurse's experiences there? Probably, at least up to the point that she leaves on her trip. But I read for enjoyment and I did not enjoy this story.
Original
As any book about war should be, many parts of this book are absolutely heart-wrenching. Some of the story rings very true, based on the author's time in Vietnam as an Army nurse, and part of the story is pure fantasy, regarding the special powers of healing and understanding bestowed by an old Vietnamese man's amulet. Ms. Scarborough does an outstanding job highlighting both the senseless waste and horrors of war, as well as the shared basic humanity of all combatants and the hapless innocents caught in the middle.

Four and a half stars, rounded up to five.