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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But where does Irvine Welsh ‘s guilt come from? All of his novels are set in his native Scotland and filled with anti-heroes, small time crooks and hooligans.

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

Next to it is one of David Soul. I fart silently but move swiftly to the other side of the room. The I’m so irviine I listen to my friend’s book recommendations sometimes There are some sizable flies in the ointment, though: The overwhelming feeling is rage. You pushed me away mister.

Yet, somehow, as with the classic misanthropes that Bruce Robertson eclipses, the audience finds themselves empathizing with the mad Detective Sergeant — and maybe even liking him. I can’t believe someone could create this and put it together so perfectly.

Those of us that can understand the language and Scottish dialect and actually finished this book know that is is superb. Written by Lionsgate UK.


The book scares me. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. The Aquaman star shares why this vengeful villain is a fan favorite. There are several reasons why I will never forget this book. 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 he “Filth,” by Irivine Welsh certainly lived up to its name.

Everybody has their wee vanities, their own little conceits. We suspect that he lives in the London area but there is at present no positive identification. Does anyone have sex with an animal? We know that they only want to sell us something we don’t really want and keep from us what we really do need.

Y si cuando acaba no lloras, es que no has merecido su lectura. Bruce Robertson is the type of controversial character that although despicable you just can’t ignore. I saw the movie and it was great is the book worth reading?

Well my Dad wasn’t a corrupt cop, he was a lawyer, but he always struggled with his working class background and wanting to leave it behind. Oct 02, Gavin rated it really liked it.

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One of the assailants, only one, went further than the others and struck the man with an implement. View all 5 comments. I was glad then and I’m glad now. But they are nothing of the kind.


His past is slowly catching up with him, and a missing wife, a crippling drug habit and suspicious colleagues start to take their toll on his sanity. He didn’t act on that fear. Bruce Robertson, is a scheming,racist, sexist and bigoted Detective Sergeant, investigating the murder of a black man outside a nightclub.

Your friends in the council cleansing department Toal. In the recent film adaptation with James McAvoy, however, it seems more like a genuine filrh of repentance and redemption, which I think fits in well with this backstory. If I were being facetious I’d hazard it was because of books like Filth which aim by inversion to show society’s ills and end up encouraging readers to rejoice in them.

This combined with the predictably contrived conclusion and a book that outstays it’s welcome by a good 50 pages or so. Sep 27, J. This assailant did this repeatedly, caving in the man’s skull and driving the implement into his brain.

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