10 February 2010

Suggested Reading: L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)

READ IT HERE: "L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)"
BY: Dean Francis Alfar (or the Wikipedia entry on this author)
IN: Strange Horizons

"The Kite of Stars" (I'm sticking to English), is a romantic title. It is a love story, one of those impossibly over-reaching tales of love that might appear in Magic Realism. A sixteen year old girl, out shopping on her own for the first time as a young woman, sees a man with whom she immediately falls in love. The story is about her plan whereby she might get him to see her for, she learns, he only looks at the stars. With her is the butcher boy. Without him, this story would not be so poignant, and to my mind not so interesting.

"Do you feel like you've wasted your life?" she asks him as their journey, and their lives, near their ending.

It's an interesting question. Is a life spent on love ever wasted? If that love is never fulfilled, would you say that it has been wasted? Perhaps, for some people, the big romantic gesture is all the fulfillment that is needed.

What do you think?

Morva Shepley


  1. Well, I think the girl/woman was driven by her own love for Lorenzo that she forgot the butcher's boy infatuation or love for her. In the end, she may seem happy of the results of her quest even if Lorenzo didn't really see her at night as a star. For me, I think her quest seems pointless because if I were she, I would done something to attract or steal Lorenzo's attention from the star. Perhaps, do something for him as less time as possible because we have only one life and I think spending it for love that will be pointless is not worth it.

  2. AnonymousMay 14, 2017

    You see, the butcher's boy was not entirely free of fault in here. He had his time with her, he had all the time in the world to tell Maria that he loved her but he didn't, instead he hoped. Good communication is something that is relentlessly forgotten in the story, between Maria and Lorenzo, the butcher's boy to Maria. On hindsight, the butcher's boy was happy to have spent all those years with Maria thus his love was never put to waste. Love is when you feel happy just by making the person you love happy.

  3. what's the theme of the story?

  4. ineed fast answer waht is the conflict of the story