Paz Márquez-Benítez (–) was a Filipina short-story writer. Contents. 1 Biography; 2 Although she only had one more published short story after ” Dead Stars” entitled “A Night in the Hills,” she made her mark in Philippine literature. Dead Stars. 1. THE AUTHOR: PAZ MARQUEZ BENITEZ – Born in March 3, in Lucena, Quezon – She studied at the University of the. Dead Stars by Paz Marquez-Benitez Alfredo Salazar was betrothed to Esperanza , his girlfriend for four years. The start of their relationship was relatively “warm”.
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AS Alfredo Salazar leaned against the boat rail to watch the evening settling over the lake, he wondered if Esperanza would attribute any significance to this trip of his. The story evokes in the reader a truly vivid sense of the characters and their stats. If anything, Paz Marquez Benitez’ reflection on love is so heart-aching that Dead Stars prove to be an evidence that Filipinos have great talent and can offer more beyond overplayed romance written nowadays for cheap entertainment.
So that was all over. The momentary excitement of meeting someone new. Perhaps, if they were living in our present time, where engagements are called off left and right and some, even on the very day of the wedding itself and society no longer has any bearing on life-altering, personal decisions, they could have stood a chance at a better ending than that.
Also posted in It’s A Wonderful Bookworld. Jan 04, Jovi rated it liked it Shelves: Lists with This Book. Dead Stars is also during the time when people highly value the church.
Dead Stars is We had to read Dead Stars for a writing class in college.
I just learned that “Dead Stars” was the first feminist text in the Philippines. Transcendence was not his best suit.
Here were her footsteps, narrow, arched. All people in town are willing to go to Catholic Church and participate in every activity it holds.
It blew the hair away from her forehead, and whipped the tucked-up skirt around her straight, slender figure. Why would men so mismanage their lives?
All these years he put Julia in a pedestal, only to realize “Dead Stars” – where love is never expressed in polite conversation but felt and painfully missed.
Salazar,” she broke into his silence, “I wish to congratulate you. We walk into the light and let the blinding illumination penetrate our minds and create illusions that we indulge with no doubt. The protagonist Alfredo was very vulnerable in love. I love the metaphors and the idyllic prose of Dead Stars. Why had he obstinately clung to that dream?
Alfredo fantasized about Julia but when faced with reality, his feelings were not grounded. Unknown BindingShort story. This situation reminds me of an 80’s song dea a line that goes: I can go on and on about what’s niggling in my head right now, but I don’t want to bother you with that closed chapter of my life.
The story evolves around Alfredo, Esperanza, and Julia, and the complications of love and feelings, old and new, that surround them. At home, in church, on the street, she was always herself, a woman past first bloom, light and clear of complexion, spare of arms dsad of breast, with a slight convexity to thin throat; a woman dressed with self-conscious care, even elegance; a woman distinctly not average.
What would she say next?
I sars my English classes seriously even though I’m on a medical course. Anyone who has read Dead Stars may see it as a typical love story with conflicts, but still ended in the proper way. He listened, and wondered irrelevantly if Miss Salas could sing; she had such a charming speaking voice.
The girl had grace, distinction.
How peaceful the town was! One evening he had gone “neighboring” with Don Julian; a rare enough occurrence, since he made it a point to avoid all appearance of currying favor with the Judge.
Alfredo was suffering as he could not remember ever having suffered before. He benites no rebellion: Pqz asked him about the home town, about this and that, in a sober, somewhat meditative tone.
He could not understand those months of a great hunger that was not of the body nor yet of the mind, a craving that had seized on him one quiet night when the moon was abroad and under the dappled marqeuz of the trees in the plaza, man wooed maid.
The traditions of a Maria Clara- timid, religious and everything a duly pious wife should act according to the church’s desire lives on. Jul 16, Justine Danielle rated it liked it. Esperanza must be tired waiting. Filled with deep, big, at times unnecessary, English words, I cannot help but feel that too much effort has been put in making use of every English word that the author has learned.