The Healer's War
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...more
our protag, Kitty, is a Vietnam-era nurse in a seaside base camp, relatively safe from being bayonetted but not immune to rockets. she cares for both American GI and Vietnamese civilian patients--with thorough professionalism for the former, and actual care for the latter, as the Vietnamese patients are there for a longer haul, and she has time to get to ...more
There is a fantasy element to HEALER'S WAR ...more
I do realize this was written in 1988 and as such does not reference anything happening in today's world, but ...more
I picked up this book hoping to find a fantasy novel that explored some Asian perspectives on spirituality and ...more
Kitty is our main character and the story is told through her eyes. She's a nurse in Vietnam, during the war, just trying to survive and have what life she can. Along the way, she gets ...more
But, what really gave me goosebumps though was when I read the author's background for it. The lens she chose to project her personal experiences through really made me change my overall perception, to where I think the end result is really fascinat ...more
The book is divided in two parts. The first part takes place in a hospital that takes care of wounded troops and civilians (both American and from Vietnam). This part is interesting mostly in the descriptions of how the hesitant relationship between Americans and locals is portrayed, with some people (like the protagonist) indifferent to nationality while others would rather leave the l ...more
I felt it was rather a shame that this novel went the way it did. In the beginning I was quite enjoying the scenes in the army hospital and the various on and off base happenings. There were elements of what seemed like truthfulness due to the fact that the author was in reality a ...more
The book is broken into three sections (although the third section is basically just an epilogue), and I fel ...more
On the one hand, it was an amazing account of a woman's journey to know the limits of what she can endure. Kitty, an American nurse stationed at China Beach during the Vietnam War, comes to care as much for her Vietnamese patients as she does for the American GIs. She has an affair with a helicopter pilot that fizzles out. This comprises part one of the book and is interesting in a kind of very grown-up Can ...more
A realistic fantasy novel set in Vietnam during the ill fated war against communism. With a touch of the magical/paranormal it shows a realistic, difficult, and heartbreaking picture of Vietnam from the perspective of a female veteran of the war.
About: Kitty, the main character, is a twenty-something nurse from the Mid West who decides to go to Vietnam to help in the war efforts, since her life at home in t ...more
The fantasy element has to do with an e ...more
I liked it that the fantastic element in the book is explored in an intelligent manner by the characters, leaving very little room for what ifs. The social commentaries in the book were also varied, not sticking to only one side of the story for too long. War sucks, for all parties involved.
This version is told by a nurse who chose to work with the injured Vietnamese citizens so set herself at the limits of loyalty to her country but not her profession.