The Boy Behind the Curtain

by

Tim Winton

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Peter Gimbel Character Analysis

Peter Gimbel is the American filmmaker and diver who directs the documentary Blue Water, White Death, the making of which Peter Matthiessen chronicles in his book Blue Meridian. His ambition and reckless courage cause tensions between members of the crew, and he prioritizes novel filmmaking, going out of his way to get the best shots of sharks while putting other divers in danger.
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Peter Gimbel Character Timeline in The Boy Behind the Curtain

The timeline below shows where the character Peter Gimbel appears in The Boy Behind the Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...of the making of the documentary. The filming project was led by American millionaire Peter Gimbel and involved seven Americans and two Australians, with Matthiessen along for the ride. (full context)
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...a novice diver, chronicles the filming process, which becomes tense and fraught with conflict as Gimbel begins diving and filming more recklessly. One day, he and another filmmaker leave the underwater... (full context)
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...than the shark sightings, attempting to work out the tension between the Americans and Australians. Gimbel’s increasingly reckless behavior puzzles Matthiessen and the Australians—he even swims amid feeding sharks and scrambles... (full context)
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...objective witness, can’t resist the temptation to touch the great white as it swims by. Gimbel, having reached the very end of the mystery, is slightly saddened that there is no... (full context)