I liked it but I'd never read it again. I'm not hot on fiction because few writers can tell a story without feeling the need to stop the narrative to describe everything and Life... has to be one of the most extreme examples of that. Certainly that I've come across. Rushdie has always sounded like a sophisticated Andy McNabb to me. I've never read anything by him, but the books that have been recommended to me sound just like something McNabb would write.