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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By signing up you agree to W. View all 3 comments. Quite the opposite, in fact. He’s depraved, completely void of morality, racist, and worst of all, believes in what he does. He sees himself as ‘wrong’, which ultimately he must put ‘right’, by ending it For me, THIS was the most intriguing part of the story.
Assuming that was the case, the route he took to weldh there was interesting. The zones got smaller and smaller until they didn’t exist, and all that’s left behind is the residue. There are some sizable irgine in the ointment, though: It is filled with some of the most crazy and strange scenes that I have seen in film. Telling you the most brilliant thing about this novel would spoil the whole thing.
To be a Scottish optimist is an oxymoron. Welsh’s writing is incredibly powerful, it swept me away and I kept reading it compulsively to the very last page. Books by Irvine Welsh. To aficionados of Scottish fiction, Robertson is the type of type who is all too unoriginally familiar. Halid Orman It’s almost a must that is if you liked the movie of course, because there is never a better portrayal of a work than its own self.
This is a novel about Bruce Fiilth, an officer who embodies everything that’s bad, he mistreats and uses everyone around him in the worst ways.
Thieving, rape, drugs. And that’s just the police
He’s drunk on the possibilities of language, and that’s what makes this book so special. Film was amazing too. If you are indifferent about this book, you might find a lot of its content repetitive but Irvine Welsh cuts right through a lot of pages with the ferociousness of Edgar Wright montages while unwrapping a new la Irvine Welsh is a freak.
Overall, this is a fun ride. The I’m so glad I listen to my friend’s book recommendations sometimes Norton Company first published 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. DS Robertson is the ‘filth’ in question, a member of the Lothians and Borders police force, with whom the novelist enjoys, at best, an ambivalent relationship.
The technique is to let the fart ooze out a bit before you head off, or you just take it with you in your troosers tae the next port of call.
Observer review: Filth by Irvine Welsh | From the Observer | The Guardian
All the things most people aren’t. The mirror balls and talking tapeworms, the masturbation and nudity, the ultra violence and disturbing revelations could overwhelm us with hopelessness. Gorman Iain De Caestecker The last thing he needs is a messy murder to solve.
We know how to get it. Blame it on Ally McLeod or Andrew Carnegie or the ‘parcel o’ rogues’ who sold the country for a song in Or was it help please hospital? Views Read Edit View history. There was weird sex, masturbating, murder, drugs.
The Scottish dialect is easy to get used to, and adds so much to the authenticity and grit to the story. With Christmas creeping slowly toward him, his loneliness drives him to listen to Deep Purple and Phil Collins Dire Straits is what he should be listening to. Which frankly isn’t all that interesting to me, especially for three-hundred-odd pages.
Those final chapters were simply amazing.
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.
And it contains the finest stage performance this city has seen. 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: Welsh experiments with intestinal worms. 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.
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Later, after becoming self-aware and naming itself “The Self”the tapeworm starts to ask basic existential questions and names Bruce as “The Host”.
Those of us that can understand the language and Scottish dialect and actually finished this book know that is is superb. But then they make the story fragmented and confusing. People who want to irivne Welsh’s twisted mind taken to its logical conclusion. Suddenly you see that those zones aren’t there any more. Nevertheless, if you can stomach some of the more gruesome parts, and are a fan of Welsh’s gritty, inner city, drug addled realism, you’re in for a sleazy, but thrilling insight into a truly disturbed mind.
As many said before me the book perfectly corresponds to the title; filth.
orvine Irvine Welsh is also known for writing in his native Edinburgh Scots dialect, making his prose challenging for the average reader unfamiliar with this style. 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. Welsh is at his best, here.
And amazingly, if you “connect” with this book not everybody willyou will actually laugh out loud. With an iflth disdain for the consequences of his actions and rudderless nature, Bruce aims to live a life without fear and full of freedom.
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