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Controversial Books

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
1.2233.41Five Have Plenty of Fun by Enid Blyton
1.2113.83The Gates of Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.2033.59The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
1.1783.59Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon
1.1693.7Gould's Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan
1.1693.66Three Uses of the Knife: On the Nature and Purpose of Drama by David Mamet
1.1493.56Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
1.1473.82Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1373.84Youth by Joseph Conrad
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1183.43Asking for the Moon by Reginald Hill
1.1093.39The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1.1063.86Vets Might Fly by James Herriot
1.1063.94Let Sleeping Vets Lie by James Herriot
1.1053.27Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
1.1023.83Justine by Lawrence Durrell
1.1023.74Legend of a Suicide by David Vann
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0973.87To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
1.0962.83Hornet'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
1.0743.36WLT: A Radio Romance by Garrison Keillor
1.0723.51Ghosts (New York Trilogy) by Paul Auster
1.0683.47The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0663.73Like the Flowing River: Thoughts and Reflections by Paulo Coelho
1.0643.66Through a Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder
1.0563.63A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam
1.0533.5Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm
1.0513.35Surfacing by Margaret Atwood
1.0493.52A Painted House by John Grisham
1.0493.06The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell
1.0493.88Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.75Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0463.31Maya by Jostein Gaarder
1.0453.9Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee
1.0444.05A Daughter of Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.0433.76Five Go Off to Camp by Enid Blyton
1.043.16Burning Point by Minette Walters
1.0383.48The Pearl by John Steinbeck
1.0343.49The Playboy of the Western World by J. M. Synge
1.033.84The Republic by Plato
1.033.68Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
1.0294.2The Sonnets and A Lover's Complaint by William Shakespeare
1.0283.64The Definitive Book of Body Language by Allan Pease
1.0263.29The Lasko Tangent by Richard North Patterson
1.0263.92Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0243.66The Crucible by Arthur Miller
1.0193.67Rainbow Six by Tom Clancy
1.0183.96At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O'Brien
1.0183.88The 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
1.0084.25The Key to Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.0073.95Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1.0074.14A Light in Zion by Bodie Thoene
1.0043.28The Last Precinct by Patricia Cornwell
1.0033.59The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
1.0024.21Vienna Prelude by Bodie Thoene
1.0024.09The Waves by Virginia Woolf
1.0014.14Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
1.0013.78A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
13.87The Seven Basic Plots by Christopher Booker
0.9983.7Poetics by Aristotle
0.9983.51Underdog by Torbjörn Flygt
0.9974.03The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien
0.9963.66Arms and the Women by Reginald Hill
0.9964.15Prague Counterpoint by Bodie Thoene
0.9963.75My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk
0.9954.07Vet in Harness by James Herriot
0.9943.62The Ringmaster's Daughter by Jostein Gaarder
0.9934.2Jerusalem Interlude by Bodie Thoene
0.9923.87The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
0.9923.83Beowulf by Beowulf Poet
0.9913.77Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
0.9913.82Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
0.993.96The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
0.9883.97Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
0.9883.67Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
0.9883.78Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad
0.9873.97Good Behaviour by Molly Keane
0.9863.72The Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9854.12My Secret: A PostSecret Book by Frank Warren
0.9853.77Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
0.9853.89Victory by Joseph Conrad
0.9844.17The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski
0.9843.96Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9833.6This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9833.75A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
0.9833.9Orlando by Virginia Woolf
0.9814.13Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
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