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Gabriel Jos Garca Mrquez was born on March 6th 1928 in a small town called Aracataca in Colombia He was raised by his maternal grandparents but he knew his real parents He was one of sixteen children His grandfather was Colonel Nicols Ricardo Mrquez Mejia He was a veteran of the War of a Thousand Days and a Colonel of the Civil War Gabriel Mrquez often used the lessons his grandfather taught him when he was younger in his books His grandmother was Tranquilina Iguarn Cotes She was very superstitious and told Gabriel that there were ghosts in their house which he also wrote about in his books Gabriels father was a telegraph operator named Gabriel Eligio Garca He had a reputation of being promiscuous and was the father of four children He was also a former medical student But because his parents were poor his grandparents raised him When he was 8 years old his grandfather died so he had to go live with his parents in Sucre because his grandmother was going blind While he was living with his parents his father got a job at a pharmacy to raise some money to help take care of his family Gabriel went to a boarding school in Barranquilla and was known as a shy boy that wrote funny poems and drew cartoons When he was a teenager he won a scholarship for a school of gifted and poor children in Bogot This school was called Liceo Nacional and was run by Jesuits He graduated in 1946 when he was 18 He then went to the Universidad Nacional which was also in Bogot There he studied Law because thats what his parents wanted him to do He came to realize that he really didnt want to study law anymore so he quit to work as a journalist He moved to Barranquilla the town where his boarding school was and got his first
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