The Boy Behind the Curtain

by

Tim Winton

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Peter Matthiessen Character Analysis

Peter Matthiessen is the author of Blue Meridian, the book that chronicles the making of the documentary Blue Water, White Death which Winton searches for but never finds a copy of. Matthiessen researches for the book by going on the diving expedition led by Peter Gimbel, and his descriptions of the tensions between the divers demonstrate his close attention to human nature.
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Peter Matthiessen Character Timeline in The Boy Behind the Curtain

The timeline below shows where the character Peter Matthiessen appears in The Boy Behind the Curtain. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...footage of great white sharks, so he’s pleased by the republication of Blue Meridian, Peter Matthiessen’s account of the making of the documentary. The filming project was led by American millionaire... (full context)
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Matthiessen, a novice diver, chronicles the filming process, which becomes tense and fraught with conflict as... (full context)
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...South Africa and Sri Lanka, and they’re still without a sighting of a great white. Matthiessen focuses more on the interpersonal drama than the shark sightings, attempting to work out the... (full context)
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...Finally, the divers spot a great white and descend in their cages to meet it. Matthiessen, despite his best efforts to remain an objective witness, can’t resist the temptation to touch... (full context)