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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
1.2993.65Menone by Plato
1.2943.65Una storia semplice by Leonardo Sciascia
1.2853.85Un altro giro di giostra by Tiziano Terzani
1.2483.25The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
1.2273.38Baol. Una tranquilla notte di regime by Stefano Benni
1.2073.71Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science by Werner Heisenberg
1.2033.48I Kill by Giorgio Faletti
1.1922.76The worst intentions by Alessandro Piperno
1.1893.42Due di due by Andrea De Carlo
1.1833.73Beyond the Pleasure Principle by Sigmund Freud
1.1813.52Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1653.26The Sunday Woman by Carlo Fruttero
1.1633.4Follow your Heart by Susanna Tamaro
1.1633.54The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud
1.1623.399 francs by Frederic Beigbeder
1.1583.8Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
1.1553.28The Purple Cloud by Matthew Phipps Shiel
1.1523.69The Brewer of Preston by Andrea Camilleri
1.1483.53Conversations in Sicily by Elio Vittorini
1.1473.82Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1463.78How to Be an Alien: A Handbook for Beginners and Advanced Pupils by George Mikes
1.143.41The Ragazzi by Pier Paolo Pasolini
1.1383.84Novecento: Un Monologo by Alessandro Baricco
1.1353.66I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
1.1343.37The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh
1.1333.67Elianto by Stefano Benni
1.1323.9The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1263.66La concessione del telefono by Andrea Camilleri
1.1223.36Bebo's Girl by Carlo Cassola
1.1183.4State of Fear by Michael Crichton
1.1183.38The Squares of the City by John Brunner
1.1183.12Affluenza by Oliver James
1.1173.64Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.1163.95Metaphysics by Aristotle
1.1143.77Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Joseph LeDoux
1.1133.96Q by Wu Ming
1.1123.6The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
1.1113.44Bar sport by Stefano Benni
1.13.51Todo modo by Leonardo Sciascia
1.0962.83Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0953.99The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso
1.0943.65Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth
1.0943.45Last letters of Jacopo Ortis by Ugo Foscolo
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0933.63The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1.093.47The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione
1.0863.66A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0823.73The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac
1.0813.83The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.47Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
1.083.97The Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
1.0733.44Darwin Among The Machines: The Evolution Of Global Intelligence by George B. Dyson
1.0724.18Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0693.71I'll Steal You Away by Niccolò Ammaniti
1.0673.53The 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: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0543.7Side Effects by Woody Allen
1.0543.53That Awful Mess on Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda
1.0534.29Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0533.91Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod
1.0523.91The Confessions of St. Augustine by Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo
1.053.9Critique of Judgment by Immanuel Kant
1.053.73The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
1.0493.75Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.38The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia
1.0483.51This Business of Living by Cesare Pavese
1.0454.01The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati
1.0443.98Ocean Sea by Alessandro Baricco
1.0434.35The 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
1.0433.39Mindswap by Robert Sheckley
1.0423.5As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo
1.0423.92The Evolution of Physics: The Growth of Ideas from Early Concepts to Relativity and Quanta by Albert Einstein
1.0423.76Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
1.043.29The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco
1.0393.7Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
1.0394.11Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.85The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder
1.0393.89The Diary of a Country Priest by Georges Bernanos
1.0383.8The Day of the Owl by Leonardo Sciascia
1.0373.55The 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
1.0273.67The End of Certainty by Ilya Prigogine
1.0273.7The Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe
1.0263.92Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0253.94Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1.0243.91The Tempest by William Shakespeare
1.0243.44Firmin by Sam Savage
1.0232.99Branchie by Niccolò Ammaniti
1.023.25Une brève histoire de l'avenir by Jacques Attali
1.023.31Without Blood by Alessandro Baricco
1.0183.97The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
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