I just learned that “Dead Stars” was the first feminist text in the Philippines.
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.
The protagonist Alfredo was very vulnerable in love. He was trapped in deciding what his heart desires. But in the end, he found himself merely infatuated with Julia after he deliberately made a decision by chosing Esperanza.
I did not much like the story because of Alfredo’s unfaithfulness. What does he want, a reserve or back up? Oh please. If he truly loves a girl, he wouldn’t hesitate a bit (well, just my opinion).
Benitez may have overused the words for embellishments but I like it that way, I like her own style.
I also like how she made it by the perspective of a man. If it will be of a woman (Esperanza), it would be the same old martyr kind of story, and it will be the usual woman longing for her lover.