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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But maybe, we have to stop loving with eyes wide shut. Feb 01, Ranee rated it really liked it. Feb 07, M rated it liked it Shelves: But his feelings are primordial.

Dead Stars

In her smile one could see a liberal mind slip from time to time. Perhaps I was him first. But Julia Salas had left the window, calling to her mother as she did so. Being one of the students who learned under American Education, Paz had this advantage among other writers who writes using the Filipino Language. Through this, we can take a clearer view, that mwrquez author lived in the time influenced by the Spanish Colonization and afterwards wrote the Dead Stars in her elder years during the American Colonization.

Marquuez posted in It’s A Wonderful Bookworld. Greed, he thought, was what ruined so many.

Paz Márquez-Benítez

Suddenly, Alfredo’s slow blood began to beat violently, irregularly. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I expected too much from a story t It was a short story, but it took me a while to finish it as the excess usage of flowery words kind of bored me to death. She is small and plump, a pretty woman with a complexion of a baby with a expression of a likeable cow. 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.

I have returned to it a few times over the years as well. He sensed rather than saw her start of vivid surprise. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


That in the end, sometimes, our bad decisions haunts until we admit to ourselves what great mistake we have done. An immense sadness as of loss invaded his spirit, a vast homesickness for some immutable refuge of the heart far away where faded gardens bloom again, and where live on in unchanging freshness, the dear, dead loves of vanished youth. Dead Stars by Paz Marquez-Benitez.

Paz Márquez-Benítez – Wikipedia

He and Julia Salas stood looking out into the she quiet night. 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.

The momentary excitement of meeting someone new. That inner tumult was no surprise to him; in the last eight years he had become used to such occasional storms. I first read this about 10 years ago and re-read it today. But two decades is still a young year compared to the three centuries of Christianity and the many beliefs which the friars have embedded to Filipinos.

At such times did Esperanza feel baffled and helpless; he was gentle, even tender, but immeasurably far away, beyond her reach. Alfredo stxrs about Julia but when faced with reality, his feelings were not grounded.

III 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. 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. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Too much time and effort were wasted by Alfredo in thinking about Julia all these time he was married to Esperanza. You made your choice, make the most of it. He enjoyed talking with her and it was evident that she laz his company; yet what feeling there was between them was so undisturbed that it seemed a matter of course. He meets Julia and immediately believes he has fallen in love with her.


Alfredo was suffering as he could not remember ever having suffered before. Remember me on this computer. Greed–mortgaging the future–forcing the hand of Time, or of Fate.

Sep 13, Deanne Dumo rated it it was amazing Shelves: Don’t get so caught up in dead stars, lest you extinguish the burning light that is near you.

But in the end, he finally realized his mistake; that left Julia unmarried for 8 years. This man just can not make up his mind! In fact she has influenced many Filipino writers. This was also the time when utilitarian literature was slowly being overshadowed by the edad, modern view of creating “art for art’s sake”.

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But I do not believe that he is in love with Julia. One would like to be fair to one’s self first. Still, putting into context that this story was written at a time when Filipinos have started to learn the American language, the adeptness of the author in applying what she has learned is at least worthy of appreciation. He begins to doubt his certainties and begins to play with his what if’s.

Greed, he thought, was what ruined so many. Very confusing all throughout the story. We expect firsts to be revolutionary, or having that kind of extreme new taste to it.

Lights were springing into life on the shore. It caused Alfredo to meet the girl he has learned to love even beniez he is already engaged. View all 12 comments. Besides the fact that the title of the short story appears in this passage, which I think is really lovely the titleI think I can relate to this somehow.

Reading the information about this story—who wrote it, marqudz was it published—gave me an answer as to how distant it felt for me:

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