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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
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0263.54Tokyo Fiancée by Amélie Nothomb
1.0183.89The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9984.18Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
0.9753.91The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
0.9723.6Mao II by Don DeLillo
0.9563.7Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles by Jeanette Winterson
0.9063.69The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore
0.9053.85Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9044.06The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8934Animal Farm by George Orwell
0.8934.28War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
0.8853.84A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
0.8743.73Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
0.8663.6What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakami
0.8493.56The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
0.8223.91The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
0.824.44Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
0.8134.22When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank T. Vertosick Jr.
0.7934.11Any Human Heart by William Boyd
0.774.39Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
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