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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Rest in Peace...

The piece below is from the Los Angeles Times..

"Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” enchanted millions of readers around the world and popularized the emerging Latin American literary genre known as magic realism, has died. He was 87.
Garcia Marquez died Thursday at his home in Mexico City, Mexican media reported. A cause of death was not immediately annnounced, but Garcia Marquez had been in failing health for some time. He was released from the hospital just over a week ago.
The death in his home, accompanied by his wife and other members of his family, was confirmed by Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, president of the official Mexican cultural association. Tovar said he had spoken to the family.

Garcia Marquez's death represents the passing of one of the world's greatest living authors, and the loss of a powerful public intellectual whose opinions on Cuba, military dictatorship and Latin American cultural autonomy made front-page news.
The news was met with an outpouring of grief and reverence for the writer known to his admirers simply as “Gabo,” and who was often compared to Hispanic literature’s other titan, “Don Quixote” author Miguel de Cervantes. More than any other author, Garcia Marquez fueled the post-World War II popularizing of Latin America literature known as the “Boom.”
“Being a contemporary of Gabo was like living in the time of Homer,” said Colombian writer Hector Abad Faciolince, who described “One Hundred Years” as Latin America’s first and only epic work of literature. ”In a mythic and poetic way, he explained our origins. His verbal imagination and creative force were astonishing.”

Garcia Marquez did not invent magic realism -- the blending of fantasy and outrageous facts “told with a straight face,” as he once put it. The style was pioneered by Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier, Mexico’s Juan Rulfo and Argentina’s Jorge Luis Borges. But Garcia Marquez certainly burnished the technique with the publication of “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” the tale of four generations of the Buendia family set in a backwater banana depot he christened Macondo but which was based on his birthplace Aracataca, near Colombia’s Caribbean coast.
Success came late to Garcia Marquez, his blockbuster 1967 novel published shortly before he turned 40. Until then he had scraped by as a newspaper reporter, advertising copywriter and screenwriter. He was so poor when he finished his big novel that he had to mail the manuscript to his Argentine publisher in two packages because he couldn’t afford to send it all at once.

But the subsequent growth of his global fame and influence leading up to and following his winning the 1982 Nobel Prize for literature was a phenomenon unsurpassed over the last century by any writer with the possible exception of Ernest Hemingway.
Garcia Marquez’s stature, journalistic instincts and innate fascination with leaders and the power they wield helped him forge friendships with world figures from Presidents Bill Clinton of the U.S. and Francois Mitterrand of France to dictators Fidel Castro of Cuba and Omar Torrijos of Panama."

Come in to the Merrick Library today to reacquaint yourself 
with the amazing works of Marquez.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Children's DVDs!

Pop into the Children's Room and borrow a NEW DVD today!

PBS Kids: Vowel Power [Educational]  Lion cubs Lionel and Leona and their parents Cleo and Theo welcome you to a library like no other! In BETWEEN THE LIONS, the doors swing open to reveal a magical place where characters pop off the pages of books, vowels sing, and words take on a life of their own.
Barney: Happy Birthday Barney -When Barney's birthday arrives the kids throw him a special party with an extra special surprise: all of the people he loves! Riff worries that his homemade present isn't good enough - until Barney explains that sharing a gift from the heart is the best gift of all. When it's Layla's birthday, Barney and Layla use their imaginations to explore more about her family heritage. Come along for all of the birthday fun and surprises with Barney and his friends!

Thomas & Friends: Railway Mischief - Cinders and Ashes! There's trouble on the tracks for Thomas and his friends. Gordon and Cranky don't want to listen to Really Useful advice from Paxton and Kevin. Scruff, Winston and Stafford lose track of themselves, causing confusion and delay! Sometimes engines need a little help from their friends to huff and puff Full Steam Ahead! 

New DVDs out today...

"Copperhead" - travel to upstate New York in the 1860s and witness a family divided by the American Civil War - based on the novel by Harold Frederic and starring Francois Arnaud (TV's "The Borgias") and Billy Campbell (TV's "Killing Lincoln")

"Mobius" - agent Moise will do anything to derail an international money laundering operation - even fall in love! - stars Jean Dujardin ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Cecile de France ("The Kid with a Bike") and Tim Roth ("Arbitrage") 

"Philomena" - based on a true story- a former political writer finds new purpose in life in helping an elderly woman find the son she was forced to give up decades ago - winner of nine Venice Film Festival Awards - stars Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (who co-wrote the screenplay)

"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - now it is Ben Stiller's turn to direct and play the title role in this modern adaptation of James Thurber's classic short story - or is it all a dream? - also starring Kristin Wigg and Shirley MacLaine