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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
1.093.82Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home by Vonda N. McIntyre
1.0893.48The Sea by John Banville
1.0263.56Tokyo Fiancée by Amélie Nothomb
1.0183.88The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
0.9983.99Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
0.9833.47Loving Sabotage by Amélie Nothomb
0.9753.91The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
0.9753.63Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding
0.9723.59Mao II by Don DeLillo
0.9643.91Villette by Charlotte Brontë
0.9563.74Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles by Jeanette Winterson
0.9063.7The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil Fiore
0.9053.85Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.9044.05The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
0.8933.99Animal Farm by George Orwell
0.8934.27War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
0.8853.85A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
0.8743.74Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
0.8663.61What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakami
0.8613.99Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
0.8584.21The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
0.8493.54The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
0.8434.3Dune by Frank Herbert
0.8354.38The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
0.8293.91Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
0.8223.92The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
0.824.43Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
0.824.16Replay by Ken Grimwood
0.8134.28When the Air Hits Your Brain by Frank T. Vertosick Jr.
0.7934.11Any Human Heart by William Boyd
0.793.64Inversions by Iain M. Banks
0.774.34Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
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