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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
1.2993.67Meno by Plato
1.2943.56Una storia semplice by Leonardo Sciascia
1.2853.79Un altro giro di giostra by Tiziano Terzani
1.2483.27The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
1.2273.39Baol. Una tranquilla notte di regime by Stefano Benni
1.2073.73Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science by Werner Heisenberg
1.2033.48I Kill by Giorgio Faletti
1.1922.77The worst intentions by Alessandro Piperno
1.1893.44Due di due by Andrea De Carlo
1.1833.72Beyond the Pleasure Principle by Sigmund Freud
1.1813.57Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1653.27The Sunday Woman by Carlo Fruttero
1.1633.42Follow your Heart by Susanna Tamaro
1.1633.52The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
1.1623.399 francs by Frederic Beigbeder
1.1583.8Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
1.1553.3The Purple Cloud by Matthew Phipps Shiel
1.1523.73Il birraio di Preston by Andrea Camilleri
1.1483.48Conversations in Sicily by Elio Vittorini
1.1473.85Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1463.78How to Be an Alien: A Handbook for Beginners and Advanced Pupils by George Mikes
1.143.44The Ragazzi by Pier Paolo Pasolini
1.1383.83Novecento: Un Monologo by Alessandro Baricco
1.1353.64I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
1.1343.36The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh
1.1333.65Elianto by Stefano Benni
1.1323.88The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.6Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1263.7La concessione del telefono by Andrea Camilleri
1.1223.37Bebo's Girl by Carlo Cassola
1.1183.4State of Fear by Michael Crichton
1.1183.43The Squares of the City by John Brunner
1.1183.07Affluenza by Oliver James
1.1173.66Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.1163.94Metaphysics by Aristotle
1.1143.73Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Joseph LeDoux
1.1133.95Q by Wu Ming
1.1123.6The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
1.1113.43Bar sport by Stefano Benni
1.13.58Todo modo by Leonardo Sciascia
1.0962.79Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0953.99The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso
1.0943.67Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth
1.0943.43Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis by Ugo Foscolo
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0933.66The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1.093.45The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione
1.0863.67A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
1.0853.79The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0823.72The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac
1.0813.87The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.48Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
1.083.94The Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
1.0773.75The Wild Ass's Skin by Honoré de Balzac
1.0733.46Darwin Among The Machines: The Evolution Of Global Intelligence by George B. Dyson
1.0724.13Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0693.75I'll Steal You Away by Niccolo Ammaniti
1.0673.52The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese
1.0643.66Through a Glass, Darkly by Jostein Gaarder
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0553.55Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0544.22Side Effects by Woody Allen
1.0543.64That Awful Mess on Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda
1.0534.3Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0533.93Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod
1.0523.91The Confessions of St. Augustine by Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
1.053.9The Critique of Judgement / The Critique of Practical Reason / The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.053.75The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
1.0493.77Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.37The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia
1.0483.5This Business of Living by Cesare Pavese
1.0454.02The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
1.0444.01Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco
1.0434.3The Man Without Qualities, Volume 1: A Sort of Introduction, and Pseudo Reality Prevails by Robert Musil
1.0433.76The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe by Steven Weinberg
1.0433.47Mindswap by Robert Sheckley
1.0423.48As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo
1.0423.94Evolution of Physics by Albert Einstein
1.0423.79Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
1.043.29The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco
1.0393.75Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
1.0394.13Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.84The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder
1.0393.86The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
1.0383.75The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia
1.0373.53The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
1.0343.88Underworld by Don DeLillo
1.0293.64The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet
1.0273.69The Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe
1.0273.79The End of Certainty by Ilya Prigogine
1.0263.94Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0253.96Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1.0243.9The Tempest by William Shakespeare
1.0243.46Firmin by Sam Savage
1.0233.03Branchie by Niccolò Ammaniti
1.023.21Une brève histoire de l'avenir by Jacques Attali
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