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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Bruce Robertson is a nasty, nasty piece of work, making Francis Begbie look positively choirboy-like in comparison.

The feelings must be followed. Connections Featured in Showreel: But ultimately you have decide is orvine a monster, a victim, or what? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Most times, in any organisation, it’s expedient not to acknowledge their existence.

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This has echoes of Martin Amis’s “Money” in it’s presentation of a truly vile lead character: Long ago, just lying there as you are now. Filth by Irvine Welsh. Eventually Bruce is forced into taking leave due to injuries he suffers while dressed as his ex-wife, leading to the revelation that he committed the racially motivated murder that serves as the novel’s main plot and that the colleagues he despises — particularly his boss Robert Toal — have been aware of his guilt all along and have been protecting him from the consequences of his actions out of a mixture of loyalty and pity.


The plot has little to do with the actual crime; instead, the novel traces Bruce throughout his life, told in a first-person, stream-of-consciousness style. Irvine Welsh has a flair for dialogue that cuts to the bone and a writing style that engrosses the reader.

At last, a novel that lives up to its name.

But it costs him I’m certain that this book is a masterpiece in its own way. Pretty filthy, in several ways the word fipth be used, from beginning to end. Welsh manages, however to imbue these characters with a sad humanity that makes them likable despite their obvious scumbaggerry.

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Slug through the middle and the rewards are worth the wait. Bruce is in line for a big promotion to DI, and will stop at nothing to get it.

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And when you’re in the job, you look out at life through that distorted lens. I loved the humor and Bruce was so relateable to me and my type of humor but sort of over-the-top in his slurs towards orvine controvercial subjects which only made me giggle,tsk and shake my head. The ring is his and he doesnae want tae spoil his own fun by going for a knockout ivrine so early.

Oct 14, Iulia Nicolaie rated it it was amazing. But you never do, and even weslh you could, you wouldn’t value it, you’d realise that nobody believes in heroes any more. Assuming that was the case, the route he took to get there was interesting. Which frankly isn’t all that interesting to me, especially for three-hundred-odd pages. Goofs In the bedroom at Ocky’s flat, Bruce lifts the inhaler and the dark blue cap is on, but he immediately snaps it up and takes a puff without removing the cap.


He makes it bearable to co-exist with Bruce Robertson for almost weksh because he writes in such a way that gets you on the same wavelength as his character. Use the HTML below. Dec 06, Jim rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Now he’s groaning, blood spilling thickly from the wounds in his head and his yellow, unfocused eyes are gandering around, desperately trying to find clarity, some meaning in the bleakness, the darkness around him.

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

Welsh is at his best, here. He must have heard them coming, at that time of night you’d be bound to hear people on these steps. To aficionados of Scottish fiction, Robertson is the type of type who is all too unoriginally familiar. Going back to my ‘Frankenstein’ thing, I see The Beast as being the Doctor and Bruce being The Creature, something which should never have been given life, that would be destined to live a cursed life if it did, that would be hated, that would be feared, that would drive everybody who he cares for away from him.