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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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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. She was one of those fortunate women who have the gift of uniformly acceptable appearance.

To ask other readers questions about Dead Starsplease sign up. Feb 03, Maria rated it it was ok Shelves: I can go eead and on about what’s niggling in my head right now, but I don’t daed to bother you with that closed chapter of my life.

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Jan 04, Jovi rated it liked it Shelves: He approached her and she conversed with him with an expression that told him she finally ,arquez. He sensed rather than saw her start of vivid surprise. If it will be of a woman Esperanzait would be the same old martyr kind of story, and it will be the usual woman longing for her lover. This is a story of eloquence. Sep benitrz, Deanne Dumo rated it it was amazing Shelves: The fancy words, the flowery expressions, they infuriated me.


Dead Stars

Very confusing all throughout the story. When claims encroached too insistently, as sometimes they did, he retreated into the inner fastness, and from that vantage he saw things and people around him as remote and alien, as incidents that did not matter.

The gaily decked rice-paper lanterns were again on display while sfars the ,arquez of the older houses hung colored glass globes, heirlooms from a day when grasspith wicks floating in coconut oil were the chief lighting device. I have no idea what it is, but this story has left a huge impression on me. The protagonist’s desire is universal.

But who’s to say that he wasn’t happy, eight years later? Whatever feelings Julia might have stirred in him, I can not, will not, call it love.

She had not married–why? Benitez but with a little less fancy-schmancy synonyms. 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.

stare Dec 25, Maria Ella rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was an article written by a Filipino for the Times magazine years ago. That inner tumult was no surprise to him; in the last eight years he had become used to such occasional storms. Paz Marquez Benitez was among the first freshman class of UP. Perhaps if Alfredo were man enough to acknowledge his feelings for Julia, and did something mraquez it, without fear of repercussion from their families and the society in general, then Julia would not have been a “dead star,” and he would have been happy.


Whereas The Looking Glass offers a dismal and pessimistic view of taking risks and how that can play out negatively in the future, Dead Stars marrquez to beg the question, What if? Esperanza, Julia, the sorry mess he had made of life, the years to come even now beginning to weigh down, to crush–they lost concreteness, diffused into formless melancholy. It was short and simple.

Paz Márquez-Benítez

Rate this book Clear rating 1 of 5 stars 2 of 5 stars 3 of 5 stars 4 of 5 stars 5 of 5 stars. Filled with deep, big, at times unnecess For the love month, my favorite book club picked this short story as book of the month. The gravel road narrowed as it slanted up to the house on the hill, whose wide, open porches he could glimpse marques the heat-shrivelled tamarinds in the Martinez yard.

The answer to the question hardly interested him. I think Vead know why you have been indifferent to me lately. To his apology, she replied, “That is nothing, Each time I was about to correct you, but I remembered a similar experience I had once before.

Log In Sign Up. The young moon had set, and from the uninviting cot he could see one half of a star-studded sky. And when he looked at her he doubted if she ever cared for him, if he has mistaken the past light in her eyes as manifestations of a possible romance.