Magical Realism that is more real than magic

I recently finished reading Gabriel Garcia' Marquez's Love in the Time of Cholera. While I have read and re-read One Hundred Years of Solitude many times, this was my first time with this amazing novel. The book strays from the overt magic that was present in One Hundred Years and instead focuses on things that are more real--like love. The relationship between Fernando Ariza and Fermina Daza is a startling portrayal of developing and mature love, as well as a glimpse at the difference kinds of love humans experience. This is a theme I try to explore in my memoir, although I cannot possibly do the job that Garcia Marquez does. His work is to be idolized.