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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
1.2993.69Menone by Plato
1.2943.63Una storia semplice by Leonardo Sciascia
1.2853.85Un altro giro di giostra by Tiziano Terzani
1.2483.23The Parrot's Theorem by Denis Guedj
1.2273.4Baol. Una tranquilla notte di regime by Stefano Benni
1.2073.72Physics and Philosophy: The Revolution in Modern Science by Werner Heisenberg
1.2033.47I Kill by Giorgio Faletti
1.1922.77The worst intentions by Alessandro Piperno
1.1893.4Due di due by Andrea De Carlo
1.1833.77Beyond the Pleasure Principle by Sigmund Freud
1.1813.53Don't Move by Margaret Mazzantini
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1653.27The Sunday Woman by Carlo Fruttero
1.1633.39Follow your Heart by Susanna Tamaro
1.1633.54The 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
1.1523.72Il birraio di Preston by Andrea Camilleri
1.1483.51Conversations in Sicily by Elio Vittorini
1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1463.76How to Be an Alien: A Handbook for Beginners and Advanced Pupils by George Mikes
1.143.43The Ragazzi by Pier Paolo Pasolini
1.1383.84Novecento: Un Monologo by Alessandro Baricco
1.1353.64I Am a Strange Loop by Douglas Hofstadter
1.1343.33The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh
1.1333.68Elianto by Stefano Benni
1.1323.89The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1263.7La concessione del telefono by Andrea Camilleri
1.1223.4Bebo's Girl by Carlo Cassola
1.1183.39State of Fear by Michael Crichton
1.1183.36The Squares of the City by John Brunner
1.1183.08Affluenza by Oliver James
1.1173.65Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
1.1163.94Metaphysics (Metaphysica) by Aristotle
1.1143.76Synaptic 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
1.1113.51Bar sport by Stefano Benni
1.13.51Todo modo by Leonardo Sciascia
1.0962.81Hornet's Nest by Patricia Cornwell
1.0953.99The Marriage of Cadmus and Harmony by Roberto Calasso
1.0943.64Sabbath's Theater by Philip Roth
1.0943.47Last 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
1.093.46The 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
1.0823.73The Rights of the Reader by Daniel Pennac
1.0813.84The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.47Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre
1.083.95The Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
1.0733.44Darwin Among The Machines: The Evolution Of Global Intelligence by George B. Dyson
1.0724.21Orlando furioso by Ludovico Ariosto
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.0693.7I'll Steal You Away by Niccolo 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
1.0553.55Timeline by Michael Crichton
1.0543.85Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig
1.0543.69Side Effects by Woody Allen
1.0543.52That Awful Mess on Via Merulana by Carlo Emilio Gadda
1.0534.29Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0533.9Chance and Necessity by Jacques Monod
1.0523.91The Confessions of St. Augustine by Aurelius Augustinus
1.053.86Critique of Judgment by Immanuel Kant
1.053.74The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.38The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia
1.0483.47This 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
1.0433.41Mindswap by Robert Sheckley
1.0423.48As a Man Grows Older by Italo Svevo
1.0423.92Evolution of Physics by Albert Einstein
1.0423.76Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
1.043.29The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco
1.0393.71Existentialism is a Humanism by Jean-Paul Sartre
1.0394.12Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.84The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder
1.0393.87The 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
1.0293.66The Devil in the Flesh by Raymond Radiguet
1.0273.75The Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Rudolf Erich Raspe
1.0273.67The End of Certainty by Ilya Prigogine
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0253.96Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1.0243.91The Tempest by William Shakespeare
1.0243.44Firmin by Sam Savage
1.0232.99Branchie by Niccolò Ammaniti
1.023.2Une brève histoire de l'avenir by Jacques Attali
1.023.28Without Blood by Alessandro Baricco
1.0183.97The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
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