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Filth by Irvine Welsh

Filth (edition 1999)

by Irvine Welsh

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Authors:Irvine Welsh
Info:Vintage (1999), Paperback
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Filth by Irvine Welsh



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This is one of my favourites books and film adaptations. This book was a laugh-out-loud funny, but sometimes I felt offended because the main character is the disgusting, offensive, insensitive, racist, homophobic, sexist arsehole that I have ever read about. The main character is an arsehole but he is the type of arsehole that you would love to hate so that's why it made me laugh so much. The main character is very selfish and everything he does he will onlyndo it if he gains something from the situation or a person, so while at work he is hoping to gain a promotion, by individually manipulating people so they would ruin their chance of a promotion without realising this. He does have friends but he hates them and so long as they provide them with drugs, alcohol or women to have sex with then he is satisfied, but the moment they no longer serve their purpose then they are useless. Eventually he starts to realise that maybe his lifestyle, unhealthy diet and antisocial way he deals with people is offensive and disgusted he decides to end his life on his own terms. In my own opinion even though the main character is a arsehole and a pervert at least he eventually realised that. Some people really need to adapt to the modern world/the outside world.
I really liked the strange Scottish slang that was used in this book but I did have to look it up online to decipher what it means, so people may have the same problem while reading this book as well, but it was fun to figure out what it means. ( )
  EvilCreature | Jan 2, 2016 |
L'idea dei dialoghi con il verme, per quanto raccapricciante, ha il suo fascino. Per il resto non �� certo un bel libro, per quanto sicuramente preferibile a tanti giallettini. ( )
  tntimo | Jun 30, 2015 |
Bruce Robertson is every bad stereotype of a police man: he’s a misanthropic, sexist, racist, power-obsessed asshole who is supposed to investigate the death of a black journalist. Instead he’d rather think about how to get the promotion to Detective Inspector, even though he doesn’t actually like doing his job. But Bruce is not only an asshole, all is not right with him in general. As his convoluted intrigues become ever more complicated, his mental state continues to deteriorate.

Bruce Robertson is an intriguing character and Welsh really gets inside his head. Which meant that it wasn’t always easy to read Filth, but it was a rewarding read.

Read more on my blog: http://kalafudra.com/2014/01/08/filth-irvine-welsh/ ( )
  kalafudra | May 7, 2014 |
So delicously revolting. Welsh is at his best, here. The metaphor is spot on. The dynamic narrative device is shocking and perfect. Bruce Robertson is a nasty, nasty piece of work, making Francis Begbie look positively choirboy-like in comparison. The twist, when it comes (and that's not a spoiler--it's Welsh, so you knew there would be one) is shocking and yet fits so perfectly all at the same time that it seems to have been crystal clear from the beginning. Not for the faint of heart, but if you want to see the power of disgust explored by a master of the craft, get this book immediately. Recommended. ( )
  JWarren42 | Oct 10, 2013 |
Disappointing. Vile, gruesome and depressing, with none of [b:Trainspotting|23955|Trainspotting|Irvine Welsh|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167484360s/23955.jpg|1087421]'s cleverness and black humor to redeem it. Skip this one and pick up [b:Trainspotting|23955|Trainspotting|Irvine Welsh|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1167484360s/23955.jpg|1087421] or [b:The Acid House|527862|The Acid House|Irvine Welsh|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1175551111s/527862.jpg|1087332] instead. ( )
  wirehead | Jul 9, 2013 |
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Those who make it through Bruce's gruesome abuses and the difficult Scottish dialect will be left with something to think about.
added by girlunderglass | editBooklist, Kevin Grandfield (Jul 14, 1998)
As in the past, Welsh himself sometimes seems rather compromised as a satirist by the glee he takes in his characters' repulsiveness. Yet if this hypnotic chronicle of moral and psychological ruin (funnier and far more accessible than Welsh's last full-length novel, Marabou Stork Nightmares) fails to charm a wide readership, it will not disappoint devotees.
added by girlunderglass | editPublishers Weekly, Gerald Howard (Jul 14, 1998)
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393318680, Paperback)

Talk about truth in advertising! Irvine Welsh's novel about an evil Edinburgh cop is filthy enough to please the most crud-craving fans of his blockbuster debut, Trainspotting. Like Trainspotting, Filth matches its nastiness with a maniacal, deeply peeved sense of humor. Though one does feel the need to escape this train wreck of a narrative from time to time for a shower and some chamomile tea, just as often Welsh provokes a belly laugh with an extraordinarily perverse and cruelly funny set piece. Nicely violent turns of phrase litter the ghastly landscape of his tale.

Our hero, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson, is a cross between Harvey Keitel in Bad Lieutenant and John Belushi in Animal House. His task is to nab a killer who has brained the son of the Ghanaian ambassador, but bigoted Bruce is more urgently concerned with coercing sex from teenage Ecstasy dealers, planning vice tours of Amsterdam, and mulling over his lurid love life. He's also got a tapeworm, whose monologue is printed right down the middle of many pages. Here's one of this unusually articulate parasite's realizations: "My problem is that I seem to have quite a simple biological structure with no mechanism for the transference of all my grand and noble thoughts into fine deeds."

Welsh's real strength is comic tough talk and inventive slang. The murder mystery helps organize his tendency to sprawl, but the engine of his art is wry, harsh dialogue. At one point, his books hogged the entire top half of Scotland's Top Ten Bestsellers list--and half the buyers of Trainspotting had never bought a book before. The reason is not that Welsh is the best novelist who ever got short-listed for the Booker Prize. It is that he is that rarest of phenomena, an original voice. --Tim Appelo

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A satirical crime novel with a repulsive hero. As he investigates the murder of an African in Edinburgh, detective Bruce Robertson indulges in every imaginable obscenity, his activities commented on periodically by the tapeworm in his gut.

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