In the Land of White Death

In the Land of White Death

An Epic Story of Survival in the Siberian Arctic

Large Print - 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: Thorndike, ME : Thorndike Press, c2000.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780786232895
0786232897
Characteristics: 285 p. :,ill., maps, port. ;,22 cm.

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htliang
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.

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Canadiandiver
Feb 11, 2011

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

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jlathian
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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