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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
1.2993.71Meno by Plato
1.2943.62Una storia semplice by Leonardo Sciascia
1.2853.81Un altro giro di giostra by Tiziano Terzani
1.2483.24The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
1.2273.41Baol. Una tranquilla notte di regime by Stefano Benni
1.2073.75Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science by Werner Heisenberg
1.2033.46I Kill by Giorgio Faletti
1.1922.76The worst intentions by Alessandro Piperno
1.1893.37Due di due by Andrea De Carlo
1.1833.74Beyond the Pleasure Principle by Sigmund Freud
1.1813.54Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1653.28The Sunday Woman by Carlo Fruttero
1.1633.43Follow your Heart by Susanna Tamaro
1.1633.53The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
1.1623.2999 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
1.1483.53Conversations in Sicily by Elio Vittorini
1.1473.85Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1463.76How to Be an Alien: A Handbook for Beginners and Advanced Pupils by George Mikes
1.143.48The Ragazzi by Pier Paolo Pasolini
1.1383.83Novecento: Un Monologo by Alessandro Baricco
1.1353.63I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
1.1343.35The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh
1.1333.68Elianto by Stefano Benni
1.1323.9The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.6Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1263.7La concessione del telefono by Andrea Camilleri
1.1223.38Bebo's Girl by Carlo Cassola
1.1183.4State of Fear by Michael Crichton
1.1183.35The Squares of the City by John Brunner
1.1183.08Affluenza by Oliver James
1.1173.65Tropic 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
1.1113.48Bar sport by Stefano Benni
1.13.5Todo modo by Leonardo Sciascia
1.0962.8Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0953.99The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso
1.0943.65Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth
1.0943.48Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis by Ugo Foscolo
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0933.65The 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
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0823.74The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac
1.0813.86The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.46Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
1.083.95The Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
1.0733.46Darwin Among The Machines: The Evolution Of Global Intelligence by George B. Dyson
1.0724.17Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0693.73I'll Steal You Away by Niccolo Ammaniti
1.0673.56The Moon and the Bonfires by Cesare Pavese
1.0623.46The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0553.54Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0544.22Side Effects by Woody Allen
1.0543.6That Awful Mess on Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda
1.0534.3Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0533.9Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod
1.0523.91The Confessions of St. Augustine by Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
1.053.89The 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
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.38The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia
1.0483.5This Business of Living by Cesare Pavese
1.0454The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
1.0443.99Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco
1.0434.3The Man Without Qualities, Volume 1: A Sort of Introduction, and Pseudo Reality Prevails by Robert Musil
1.0433.77The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe by Steven Weinberg
1.0433.47Mindswap by Robert Sheckley
1.0423.51As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo
1.0423.92Evolution of Physics by Albert Einstein
1.0423.78Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
1.043.29The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco
1.0393.73Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
1.0394.13Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.87The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder
1.0393.86The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
1.0383.79The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia
1.0373.54The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by David Kessler
1.0343.89Underworld by Don DeLillo
1.0293.64The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet
1.0273.72The Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe
1.0273.72The End of Certainty by Ilya Prigogine
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0253.95Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1.0243.9The Tempest by William Shakespeare
1.0243.46Firmin by Sam Savage
1.0232.99Branchie by Niccolò Ammaniti
1.023.2Une brève histoire de l'avenir by Jacques Attali
1.023.29Without Blood by Alessandro Baricco
1.0183.95The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
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