One of the things that I have found most striking in The Land of White Death is the lack of emotion in Albanov's voice. I understand that this could be due to the fact that the book was translated from Russian, but I think it goes deeper than that. Towards the beginning, when we don't get journal passages, but rather Albanov's description of events, we get detail and some emotion. After the crew abandons the Saint Anna, emotion drops entirely out of the book.
I am impressed with Albanov's ability to describe incredibly emotional events, such as the theft of his most important supplies, and yet leave the reader feeling as if they are viewing this as an outside party, despite having Albanov's exact words there with him. Clearly this is an account, not a narrative and I think the lack of emotion contributes to this more than the fact that the book is mostly Albanov's journal entries. Albanov's physical descriptions of his surroundings are very detailed and paint a good portrait of the landscape, but the reader gets nothing about the emotions of the sailors.