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In the Land of White Death by Valerian Albanov
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Jul 26, 2008

it was amazing
Read in July, 2008

You consider yourself an expert in the literature of polar exporation and you still haven't been to the land of the white death? Expect a well-written, taut thriller as Albinov leads a desperate trek from the their ice-bound ship to Cape Flora in Franz Joseph Land. Surprisingly, Albinov's writing skills nearly equal his survival skills. Warning: high body count.

Although he displays sound judgment and leadership with his rag-tag crew, I questioned whether it was a good idea to set off without redesigning the sledges no matter how eager they were to leave. In addition, perhaps it would have been wiser to to leave the sickest of his crew to possibly winter at Cape Mary Harmsworth while the rest pushed on in the kayaks instead of splitting up by land and sea. Of course, this is easy to say from your armchair near a warm fire with a cup of tea in hand.


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