A story told in two times in a young man's life...one in his early 20's...the other 8 years later. In the first he is wrapped up with a lover...in the second they have parted but he is writing a novel based on their time together and the lessons he learned therefrom.
Told in drastic jumbled-up sequence...other than his beard it was hard keeping them straight. But eventually I got it sorted out and it turned out to be the usual sad tale of regrets, things learned too late...of all the thoughts to trouble men, the saddest are "it might have been."
Too many sex scenes in both times. Still, the universality of the message made it ring true in the end.