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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So all these benifez when? For instance the major character in the story, Alfredo, made every effort to make Esperanza fall in love with him.

Paz Marquez-Benitez (Author of Dead Stars)

I love the metaphors and the idyllic prose of Dead Stars. The tranquil murmur of conversation issued from the brick-tiled azotea where Don Julian and Carmen were busy puttering benitze among the rose pots.

She jarquez and looked into his face, in her dark eyes a ghost of sunset sadness. It is straightforward and honest, and though I do not entirely agree with what Alfredo did and did not doI am quite familiar with the confusions surrounding love and relationships.

Dead Stars

The 4-star rating goes out to flamboyant writing that’s obviously periodical. They want me to spend Holy Week at home. The fancy words, the flowery expressions, they infuriated me.

Quotes from Dead Stars. 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. It can bring us pain, hope, happiness, it can even make us dream Filled with deep, big, at times unnecess For the love month, my favorite book club picked this short story as book of the month.


Paz Márquez-Benítez – Wikipedia

She is the other girl of Alfredo Salazar that remains single in her entire life. Or was the love that others told about a mere fabrication of perfervid imagination, an exaggeration of the commonplace, a glorification of insipid monotonies such as made up his love life? She was a member of the first freshman class of the University of the Philippines, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Esperanza, Alfredo Salazar, and Julia Salas. Benitez is a master poet. The feelings of disquiet, longing and being torn by duty are not hard to relate to and the prose is meditative and sharply detailed.

It’s really crazy, this thing we all call ‘love’.

Paz Márquez-Benítez

Dec 04, Phoebe Andamo rated it liked it Shelves: Dead Stars by Paz Marquez-Benitez. So he had avidly seized on the shadow of Love and deluded himself for a long while in the way of humanity from time immemorial.

Help Center Find new research papers in: Along the still densely shadowed streets the young women with their rear guard of males loitered and, maybe, took the longest way home. Perhaps I was him first. And it was because of Julia Salas.

He conversed with increasing ease, though with a growing wonder that he should be there at all. There were no Indios, no Umalohokans, no Saguiguilids, only the old rich and the neo-cultivated minds of the Filipinos who has learned to read and write that thrives the country.


From a distance came the shrill voices of children playing games on the street– tubigan perhaps, or “hawk-and-chicken. But a heart yearns and builds its what if’s.

It was something unvolitional, maybe a recurrent awareness of irreplaceability. A girl was coming down the line–a girl that was striking, and vividly alive, the woman that could cause violent commotion in his heart, yet had no place in the completed ordering of his life. He, Alfredo, must do something for him. I am just asking. Happy Love Month, everyone. Before it’s too late, we have to wake up and face reality.

Her name in Spanish meant “Hope”.

A Filipina cultivated by the independent teachings of this new conquering nation. Here and there a little tienda was still open, its dim light issuing forlornly through the single window which served as counter. Marquwz helps you keep track of books you want to read. A young woman had met them at the door.

I thought I’d just post that one here, because it’s sort of a review of the story from when I first read and liked it. The girl had grace, distinction.