The Boy Behind the Curtain


Tim Winton

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Valerie Taylor Character Analysis

Valerie Taylor is Ron Taylor’s wife and one of the two Australian divers who accompany Peter Gimbel on his documentary expedition. She and Ron are something of a celebrity couple in Australia, and Valerie brings the glamour to their pairing. She and Ron balk at Gimbel’s flagrant ambition, and their reserved nature seems both obvious and distinctively Australian when compared to Gimbel’s brash, American extraversion.
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Valerie Taylor Character Timeline in The Boy Behind the Curtain

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...between the Australians and the Americans. Matthiessen is fascinated by the Australian divers, Ron and Valerie Taylor, even suggesting that Ron is a shark-like figure. (full context)