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Filth by Irvine Welsh


by Irvine Welsh

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With the festive season almost upon him, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson is winding down at work and gearing up socially - kicking off Christmas with a week of sex and drugs in Amsterdam. There are irritating flies in the ointment, though, including a missing wife, a nagging cocaine habit, a dramatic deterioration in his genital health, a string of increasingly demanding extra-marital affairs. The last thing he needs is a messy murder to solve. Still it will mean plenty of overtime, a chance to stitch up some colleagues and finally clinch the promotion he craves. But as Bruce spirals through the lower reaches of degradation and evil, he encounters opposition - in the form of truth and ethical conscience - from the most unexpected quarter of all: his anus. In Bruce Robertson, Welsh has created one of the most corrupt, misanthropic characters in contemporary fiction , and has written a dark, disturbing and very funny novel about sleaze, power, and the abuse of everything. At last, a novel that lives up to its name.… (more)



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A truly filthy and depraved novel by Irvine Welsh, which is what we have come to expect from the Bard of Edinburgh.

"Filth" covers the life of an Edinburgh detective named Bruce Robertson who has a tapeworm inside him, a severe mental health issue, and his life spiraling out of control. Robertson loves nothing more than to annoy his fellow human beings, take copious drugs, sex it up and dress in woman's clothing. It's unclear how much the tapeworm has to do with all this.

Everyone needs to read some Irvine Welsh and "Filth" is as good an entry to Welsh's oeuvre as any. ( )
  MiaCulpa | Oct 13, 2019 |
Prvih 3/4 mi je onako sa povremenim genijalnim forama ("PRIME SCOTTISH BEEF"), ali zato poslednja 1/4 jebe keve, verovatno i više nego film.
  NenadN | Sep 6, 2019 |
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. ( )
1 vote 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 |
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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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