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Footballers spit openly on the pitch in front of thousands of television viewers, and shop assistants seem to be getting surlier.
Although civilians are generally immune from the ravages of combat, they remain vulnerable to "collateral harm," that is, to unintended but proportionate harm that noncombatants surlier as the unavoidable outcome of a legitimate military operation.
It should mean a return to a more sultry, surlier, less smooth Bond.
It is as if a double-sized Ulysses had been narrated, not by Stephen, Bloom and Molly, but by one of the surlier underbouncers at Kiernan's bar.
If Updike lacks something in the way of vision and attack, he makes up for it in tirelessness and will." Accordingly, the 1,500 pages of suburban Angst accompanying a decades-long chronicle of the domestic mundane are somehow "as if a double-sized Ulysses had been narrated, not by Stephen, Bloom, and Molly, but by one of the surlier underbouncers at Kieman's bar." (Gore Vidal has far more convincingly placed Updike's writing in the tradition of John P.