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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Dec syars, Maria Ella rated it it was amazing Shelves: The young man had tired of playing appreciative spectator and desultory conversationalist, so he and Julia Salas had gone off to chat in the vine-covered porch. She is the other girl of Alfredo Salazar that remains single in her entire life.

Dead Stars by Paz Marquez-Benitez

Sitting quietly in his room now, he could almost revive the restlessness of those days, the feeling of tumultuous haste, such as he knew so well in his boyhood when something beautiful was going on bbenitez and he was trying to get there in time to see. Alfredo gripped the soft hand so near his own.

A young woman had met them at the door. He has not had another love affair that I know of,” she said with good-natured contempt. When claims encroached too insistently, as sometimes they maruqez, he retreated into the inner fastness, marqueez from that vantage he saw things and people around him as remote and alien, as incidents that did not matter. She had not changed much–a little less slender, not so eagerly alive, yet something had gone.

Dead Stars

The traditions of a Maria Clara- timid, religious and everything a duly pious wife should act according to the church’s desire lives on. His once certain feelings was now challenged.


Dead Stars is also during the time when people highly value the church. The protagonist Alfredo was very vulnerable in love. It was nicely written but not engaging.

Greed–mortgaging the future–forcing the hand of Time, or of Fate. As the readers would notice, it broke the notion of patriarchal system as the society sees men as rational type or in line with logic while women are the emotional kind.

Like a mestiza raised on the grounds of dignity, she stands behind her man, not imposing herself but waits for her man to come to terms with her. Frank Herbert, author of Dune, mastered this art. This is a story of eloquence. The story is a universal one at its heart. Nov 28, Kels rated it liked it Shelves: However, I was digging through some college files for some notes to do some work, and I found my work sheet from my English Literature class about Paz Marquez Benitez’s short story.

Whatever feelings Julia might have stirred in him, I can not, will not, call it love. She is a homely woman, literal minded and intensely acquisitive. Because answers may eead staring so near you, you fail to see the bigger picture.

Eventually the wedding staes place. Alfredo suddenly realized that for several Sundays now he had not waited for Esperanza to come out of the church as he had been wont to do. Highly reminiscent of The Age of Innocence.

His life had simply ordered itself; no more struggles, no more stirring up read emotions that got a man nowhere. The answer to the question hardly interested him. You made your choice, make the most of it.

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Benitez but with a little less fancy-schmancy synonyms. That Julia, she’s bad news. He walked close, his hand sometimes touching hers for one whirling second. Why had he obstinately clung to that dream? When he visited Esperanza in her house, he overheard her talking to another woman about infidelity and immorality, to which he reasoned in favor of the condemned.


While the language may be a bit deep and possibly dated, I thought it had just the right amount of angst and bitterness of a “love” that is lost. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I expected too much from a story that only had a few heartfelt lines to offer.

He was suddenly impelled by a desire to disturb the unvexed orthodoxy of her mind. The story evolves around Alfredo, Esperanza, and Julia, and the complications of love and feelings, old and new, that surround them. I think they are oftener cool than warm. The 4-star rating goes out to flamboyant writing that’s obviously periodical. That the search was leading him to that particular lake town which was Julia Salas’ home should not disturb him unduly Yet he was disturbed to a degree utterly out of proportion to the prosaicalness of his errand.

That inner tumult was no surprise to him; in the last eight years he had become used to such occasional storms. So going back— One might find this short story a bit difficult to read and comprehend due to the number of highfaluting words in them.

The feelings of disquiet, longing and being torn by duty are not hard to relate to and the prose is meditative and sharply detailed. The climber of mountains who has known the back-break, the lonesomeness, and the chill, finds a certain restfulness in level paths made easy to his feet.

I cannot help but give a snort of laughter at Alfredo. Eight years later, in a chance encounter with Julia in her hometown, Alfredo realizes that, while he never truly forgot her, all the feelings he had for her were long gone.