The Healer's War (1988)
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Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Publication Date 1988
Format Leather-bound (240 mm)
Publisher The Easton Press
Genre Science Fiction
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Series Masterpieces of Science Fiction
No. of Pages 303
Paper Type Acid-neutral paper
First Edition No
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Rating 8
A former military nurse in Vietnam, Scarborough turns here from her humorous fantasies ( The Drastic Dragon of Draco, Texas ) to this 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. Although its moralizing invites comparison with TV's MASH and Twilight Zone , Scarborough's light, fluid storytelling and the authentic, pungent background keep this novel interesting.