In the Land of White Death

In the Land of White Death

An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic

Book - 2000
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Including a new Epilogue, this is "one helluva read" ("Newsweek") and a chilling first-person account of extreme survival in the Siberian Arctic, rediscovered by Jon Krakauer and David Roberts. "Vivid . . . [a work of] terrifying beauty."--"The Boston Globe."
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, c2000.
ISBN: 9780679641001
Characteristics: xx, 202 p. ;,19 cm.


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Nov 17, 2017

A truly great survival story, written by the Russian ship Navigator; Albanov displays courage, perseverance, character and outstanding leadership skills. I wonder why this story is so little known. I suggest the reader not read the dust jacket, the preface, or the introduction until after completion of the book - to do elsewise detracts a little from the telling of the events.

Oct 20, 2017

An OUTSTANDING book! Five stars or six! A superbly written narrative/diary which was first published soon after the actual events happened. A real page-turner!

Aug 06, 2015

This is an excellent account of the fate of the Russian ship, the Saint Anna, and the twenty-five men and one woman who were on board. The Saint Anna left Russia in 1912 to look for new Arctic hunting grounds and then became trapped in ice in the Kara Sea. It drifted north for almost 1 1/2 years before the 32 year-old navigator, Valerian Albanov, left with 13 members of the crew to try to find help. This book is Albanov's account of what happened after leaving the ship.

Make sure you do not read the introduction unless you don't mind knowing the outcome. I was disappointed when I was told who survived and who didn't, even before starting the book! Even so, it was a well-written narrative and harrowing to say the least. I can't believe what these men had to endure. It made me appreciate every little blessing I have.

The preface states that the book is told in Albanov's own words, as entries in a daily journal. I believe that some of the book, however, is told in retrospect. Nevertheless, this is a wonderful read for those who enjoy reading about other people's ordeals and how these people overcame obstacles.

Feb 11, 2011

Good reading. A good example of how man can survive anything if one does not lose the will to live.

Jun 16, 2010

Read it some years ago. Can still reference how well it was written, with such nimble and fragile experience had been tested in such a foray of written literature.

It's a must read. I will read it again, given it is still available at HPL. Maybe I'll buy it. A favourite.

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