In the Land of White Death is kind of like the Touching the Void of horizontal narratives, because it begins right in the middle of the action and doesn’t detail all of the preparations before the beginning of the voyage. Although I appreciated this (we’ve talked a lot in class about how that is less interesting than the action of the actual expedition) I think we do miss out on a few important details, like the personal motivations behind the expedition. While in this novel the overall purpose is mentioned, which is to search for whaling and sealing grounds, we miss out a lot on the main character’s personal goals and reasons for going on this voyage. While the reader is thrown right into the middle of the action, two years after the voyage began and right on the eve of the Albanov’s team’s departure from the ship, we receive a very two-dimensional portrayal of both the narrator and the other characters. They appear to be mere placeholders, because even though they represent a person, there really is no description of them individually at all. Although we read the novel from Albanov’s point of view, we get very little sense of his personality through his objective narration. While this novel is a quick and to-the-point read, it is also hard to connect and feel an emotional attachment to any of the characters.