The author was on my "to read" list for awhile, recommended by Bauer's Well-Trained Mind.
The story languishes, but I was in a languishing mood over the holidays, so no mind. Slow and descriptive, the story concentrates on the emotions of love and wanting. I agree with previous comments that it could have been named Sex in the Time of Cholera, since the love he feels is overshadowed by 50 years of sex with others.
Subject matter aside, I still liked it and will eventually read Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude.