Few books fulfil the promise of their titles so graphically as Filth by Irvine Welsh says Alan Taylor (9 August ). Yes, things are going badly for this utterly corrupt tribune of the law, but in an Irvine Welsh novel nothing is ever so bad that it can’t get a whole lot worse. Filth. Irvine Welsh, Author W. W. Norton & Company $ (p) ISBN Welsh begins with a detective’s investigation into a murder–the death of a Ghanaian.

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Maybe we’re getting in touch with our condition at last. Carole, Bruce’s ex-wife and the mother of his child, Stacey, is a device Welsh uses to reflect an outsider’s view of Bruce Robertson’s character; certain chapters only involve Carole’s inner monologue related to Bruce.

Welsh presents the main character in a very complex way, and he is not a likable guy. Most times, in any organisation, it’s expedient not to acknowledge their existence. Filth is not itvine entertaining play. His wife has left him, and he seeks solace with other women. Welsh manages, however to imbue these characters with a sad humanity that makes them likable despite weosh obvious scumb Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts, TrainspottingWelsh focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use.

Not that he has much time for solving crime; the constant bouts of: Promotion is in the offing, he’s got all the booze and drugs he needs, and his various plots aimed at friends and colleagues seem to be working out. Irvibe he’s groaning, blood spilling thickly from the wounds in his head irvije his yellow, unfocused eyes are gandering around, desperately trying to find clarity, some meaning in the bleakness, the darkness around him.

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Unfortunately, he doesn’t know how to cook or use the machine to wash clothes and as the story progresses his clothes get filthier and filthier, and with his bachelor lifestyle, that’s mud, food, sweat, semen, alcohol and anything else that could possibly spill… Bruce isn’t a very nice guy, either. You tricked me and spoiled things between me and my true love. 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.


He didn’t act on that fear. Toal stands up and clears his throat: The novel begins by introducing the murder of Efan Wurie, a case Bruce has been assigned. Like this promotion he’s going for. Oct 02, Gavin rated it really liked it. But I think the difference between right and wrong is clearly defined here: In the recent film adaptation with James McAvoy, however, it seems more like a irvins cat of repentance and redemption, which I think fits in well with this backstory.

Amanda, Toal gestures to that silly wee lassie Amanda Drummond, who’s doing all that she’s good for, a psuedo-clerical job, dishing oot copies aelsh the description. In police time as well. Nov 11, Kevin Rubin rated it it was amazing.

The I’m so glad I listen to my friend’s book recommendations sometimes Start your free trial. You just have to get the joke or get on with it. He feels he’s entitled to it because he gave up a few years of rank by working in Australia when his wife Carole wanted to live near her Mum down iflth. For me, THIS was the most intriguing part of the story. They don’t understand the type of world we’re living in now; all those menaced souls clamouring for attention and recognition.

Sgtpossum This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [It has attempted bestiality, but the aversion is hilarious. Views Read Edit View history. The games are always, repeat, always, being played.

Thieving, rape, drugs. And that’s just the police

The book is disgusting in every imaginable way, but it somehow keeps you going. The guy must have felt fear. There’s no fear or regret but no elation or sense of triumph either.


We all know that there are certain places you shouldn’t go to in a strange city after dark, Toal raises his thick, straggly eyebrows, slipping back into his showboating mode, – places like dark alleys where the ambience of such surroundings might incite even a reasonable person to perpetrate an evil deed.

Dougie Gillman has short brown hair, narrow, cold blue eyes and a big, powerful jaw you could break your fingers on. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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Guilt racks him like a hangover. As he began his ascent, perhaps the victim pondered this.

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The main character that Welsh creates is, as the title suggests, utter filth. Sorry, really not my cup of tea: His actions are awe-inducing in their maliciousness. He’s trying to speak now.

Everybody has their wee vanities, their own little conceits. Go read it, it’s an excellent novel. It’s nothing, Gillman shrugs. Other minor characters mentioned in passing throughout Filth include: It’s my first Irvine Welsh read and I’m sure it’s the last.

Bruce reminded me of a dirty Scottish version Patrick Bateman. There is no Jiminy Cricket sitting on his shoulder telling him right from wrong, but there is a Tapeworm who refers to itself as The Self.

The last With the Christmas season upon him, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson of Edinburgh’s finest is gearing up socially—kicking things off with a week of sex and drugs in Amsterdam.