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Filth Hardcover – Aug 11 1998


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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House UK (Aug. 11 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224052780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224052788
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #898,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I would definitely recommend this to a fan of Irvine Welsh, it is magnificently gritty and hilarious. While it is an equally interesting read for newcomers of Welsh, prepare yourself for some heavy slang that you may not understand depending on where you are from. I had to research some of the frequently used slangs and expressions.
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Trainspotting is possibly my favorite novel of all time. Porno, although not as good was still an excellent read... but Filth was horrible. The characters are unbelievable, the dialog repetative and boring, and the story takes you nowhere and accomplishes nothing. Deeply disapointing from such a great author.
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By Mel on Sept. 11 2006
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No contest. Pure filth. I felt like I had been kicked in the kidneys by the end of it. Never had such an intense physical reaction to a book before. This has been my number one favourite book since it first came out and makes everything else I've read before or since look tame...and believe me I'm not into tame reading. Fabulous. I only wish all of Welsh's books had this intensity and gut-wrenching honesty. He writes about the things we often think but don't even like to admit to ourselves we think. A tip...find some Edinburgh scots & hang out with them for a few weeks before attempting to comprehend the phonetic Scottish style. You'd miss so much if you didn't understand alot of it. Totally worth it.
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By RB on April 20 2006
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Welsh's very best, in my opinion.
This novel takes us through the miserable life of a very dislikable lead character. Yet in spite of his repulsiveness, we are drawn to him through those things we can horrifyingly relate to in the darkest corners of our own character. He makes you feel - filthy.
However, the most accomplished and novel aspect of this book is the tapeworm. For those unfamiliar with such diseases, it is worth appreciating that it was well researched and the associated pathos was brilliantly orated as part of the narrative. While certainly an exploration of flawed humanity, on a much more sophisticated level it also contimplates the relationship between disease and self identity. Ultimately, this book is about relationships and the serendipitous, entangled ways in which they can both propagate and destroy an individual.
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By A Customer on June 20 2003
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The entire first chapter is about a fart, I think. I had to try to read it over and over so many times because of the incomprehensible scottish slang. They replace words with rhymes, if that makes any sense. If you can get past the language, go for chapter 2.
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By A Customer on May 16 2002
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While this book at times is basically shock value.the over all ambition of the novel is to profile a particular type of person who has lost all morality as a result of the life they have led.The novel achieves this to a very disterbing extent.Filth takes you inside the mind of the respectable psychopath while the comedy type worm serves as Welsh's device to explian how he sees a twisted individual like Robertson was created through social conditioning rather than nature.Forget the hype of trainspotting this is real Irvine Welsh.
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I recently read Burroughs' Cities of the Red Night, so this is no longer the most disgusting thing I've read. But it still is the most satisfyingly filthy book I can think of. Welsh asks us to inhabit the mind of a charming, funny, if somewhat amoral police officer through his daily routine. We fall in league with the guy and may feel some of our sicker impulses surge as his deeds get more and more horrible. This book asks us how far we are willing to let this guy go before we start cheering against him. All but devoid of redeeming character, Filth is almost a struggle, but it makes it, time and again, on charm. Pig charm.
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Welsh, in the grand tradition of authors such as William S. Burroughs and J.G. Ballard, uses his art like a scalpel to lay open for our examination some of the more unpleasant and socially unacceptable aspects of modern life. His portrait of DS Bruce Robertson is umcompromising in showing the brutality, venality and corruption of which one man is capable (especially when that man is nominally on the side of right and law and order)...and we also have some psychological/genetic insight into why he is what and who he is. At the end of the book I couldn't decide whether I hated Robertson, or felt sorry for him. Highly recommended (provided you're neither squeamish nor easily offended.)
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