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    Posted April 17, 2014 by
    Washington, D.C., District of Columbia
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    In Memoriam


    The business of living stopped for me when I saw the news of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's passing. At my desk at home alone in my study I shouted out to my literary hero--for whom the fantastical & magical met reality! A way to live he gave me, and doesn't feel that he's gone.

    I'd been reading Marquez since the 1980s. And later he caught the attention of my father, Maynard O. Crawley, Sr., a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

    In 2005 after my brain surgery, my father visited me at home in Washington, D.C. He came with a novella in hand. He said that he wanted me to read it and then we'd talk about it. I was surprised and glad that he wanted to do this. It'd be our first time talking about a book.

    That book, which I still have, MEMORIES OF MY MELANCHOLY WHORES by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

    But my father and I never got a chance to sit and talk about the book. Time passed. He died on Veteran's Day 11 Nov 2008.

    I still read the book and will read it again for my father and Marquez.

    Reading Marquez lifts you, transports you and brings everything in the universe around you like nothing has never left you. He's my WonderMan! And finally I felt all his love, magical realism and mysticism in the film, LOVE IN THE TIME OF CHOLERA starring Javier Bardem? It's a special treat of the Marquez 1988 novel.
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