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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.3333.71True and False: Heresy and Common Sense for the Actor by David Mamet
1.2364Respect for Acting by Uta Hagen
1.2233.38Five Have Plenty of Fun by Enid Blyton
1.2113.89The Gates of Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.2033.6The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1.1783.59Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon
1.1693.7Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan
1.1693.78Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama by David Mamet
1.1493.61Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1373.87Youth by Joseph Conrad
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1183.47Asking for the Moon by Reginald Hill
1.1093.4The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1063.88Vets Might Fly by James Herriot
1.1063.93Let Sleeping Vets Lie by James Herriot
1.1053.25Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
1.1023.85Justine by Lawrence Durrell
1.1023.76Legend of a Suicide by David Vann
1.0993.69On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0973.88To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
1.0962.8Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0914.01The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0853.79The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0743.42WLT: A Radio Romance by Garrison Keillor
1.0723.51Ghosts (New York Trilogy) by Paul Auster
1.0683.47The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0663.76Like the Flowing River: Thoughts and Reflections by Paulo Coelho
1.0643.65Through a Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder
1.0563.62A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
1.0533.49Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
1.0513.34Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
1.0493.51A Painted House by John Grisham
1.0493.05The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
1.0493.88Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0463.34Maya by Jostein Gaarder
1.0453.91Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
1.0444.1A Daughter of Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.0433.75Five Go Off to Camp by Enid Blyton
1.043.18Burning Point by Minette Walters
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0343.51The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge
1.033.85The Republic by Plato
1.033.69Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1.0294.32The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare
1.0283.61The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan Pease
1.0263.31The Lasko Tangent by Richard North Patterson
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0243.67The Crucible by Arthur Miller
1.0193.68Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
1.0184.01At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
1.0183.89The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.89Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0153.9The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.013.72Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
1.0093.57Snow by Orhan Pamuk
1.0093.8Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
1.0084.31The Key to Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.0073.96Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1.0074.18A Light in Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.0043.28The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell
1.0033.6The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
1.0024.21Vienna Prelude by Bodie Thoene
1.0024.09The waves by Virginia Woolf
1.0014.16Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
1.0013.76A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
13.84The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
0.9983.7Poetics (Ars Poetica) by Aristoteles
0.9983.51Underdog by Torbjörn Flygt
0.9974.05The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
0.9963.69Arms and the Women by Reginald Hill
0.9964.13Prague Counterpoint by Bodie & Brock Thoene
0.9963.77My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
0.9954.03Vet in Harness by James Herriot
0.9943.61The Ringmaster's Daughter by Jostein Gaarder
0.9934.2Jerusalem Interlude by Bodie Thoene
0.9923.87The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
0.9923.85Beowulf by Beowulf Poet
0.9913.77Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
0.9913.83Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
0.993.95The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
0.9884.02Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
0.9883.7Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
0.9883.79Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
0.9873.97Good Behaviour by Molly Keane
0.9863.71The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9854.13My Secret: A PostSecret Book (Postsecret) by Frank Warren
0.9853.81Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
0.9853.89Victory by Joseph Conrad
0.9844.16The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
0.9843.97Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9833.62This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9833.76A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
0.9833.92Orlando by Virginia Woolf
0.9814.16Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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