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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
1.2113.88The Gates of Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.2033.59The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1.1783.6Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon
1.1693.69Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan
1.1693.76Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama by David Mamet
1.1493.56Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1373.84Youth by Joseph Conrad
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1183.42Asking for the Moon by Reginald Hill
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1063.84Vets Might Fly by James Herriot
1.1063.92Let Sleeping Vets Lie by James Herriot
1.1053.25Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
1.1023.83Justine by Lawrence Durrell
1.1023.77Legend of a Suicide by David Vann
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0973.88To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
1.0962.81Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0914The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0743.4WLT: A Radio Romance by Garrison Keillor
1.0723.49Ghosts (New York Trilogy) by Paul Auster
1.0683.48The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0663.74Like the Flowing River: Thoughts and Reflections by Paulo Coelho
1.0643.66Through a Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder
1.0563.62A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
1.0533.5Zuleika 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
1.0463.31Maya by Jostein Gaarder
1.0453.92Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
1.0444.1A Daughter of Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.0433.75Five Go Off to Camp by Enid Blyton
1.043.17Burning Point by Minette Walters
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0343.47The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge
1.033.85The Republic by Plato
1.033.68Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1.0294.24The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare
1.0283.61The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan Pease
1.0263.3The Lasko Tangent by Richard North Patterson
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0243.66The Crucible by Arthur Miller
1.0193.67Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
1.0183.98At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
1.0183.89The great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.88Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0153.9The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.013.69Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
1.0093.57Snow by Orhan Pamuk
1.0093.79Every Dead Thing by John Connolly
1.0084.29The Key to Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.0073.96Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1.0074.17A Light in Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.0043.29The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell
1.0033.6The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
1.0024.18Vienna Prelude by Bodie Thoene
1.0024.1The Waves by Virginia Woolf
1.0014.15Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
1.0013.77A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
13.84The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
0.9983.67Poetics (Ars Poetica) by Aristoteles
0.9983.51Underdog by Torbjörn Flygt
0.9974.03The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
0.9963.67Arms and the Women by Reginald Hill
0.9964.12Prague Counterpoint by Bodie Thoene
0.9963.75My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
0.9954.05Vet in Harness by James Herriot
0.9943.62The Ringmaster's Daughter by Jostein Gaarder
0.9934.19Jerusalem Interlude by Bodie Thoene
0.9923.87The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
0.9923.84Beowulf by Beowulf Poet
0.9913.77Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
0.9913.83Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
0.993.96The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
0.9883.98Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
0.9883.7Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
0.9883.78Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
0.9873.99Good Behaviour by Molly Keane
0.9863.73The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9854.13My Secret: A PostSecret Book by Frank Warren
0.9853.8Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
0.9853.91Victory by Joseph Conrad
0.9844.17The 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
0.9814.14Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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