I thought I should read this book before writing my own story of love in the time of cholera. As it turns out, they're very different stories. This one had some interesting things to say: on the subject of love, on the devastations of doubt and the passage of time. I was bothered by one of the love affairs, and if affected my willingness to feel compassion for one of the main characters, as a consequence. The end of the book did not touch upon its beginning as I would have hoped. There are secrets about Saint-Amour that are never revealed.