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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
1.4162.63Asterix and the Falling Sky by Albert Uderzo
1.3733.67The Frogs by Aristophanes
1.3523.6al Qur'an by al-Qur'an
1.3412.74Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung by Mao Tse-Tung
1.3383.34French Leave by Anna Gavalda
1.3213.31The Third Eye by Lobsang Rampa
1.3193.63The Artificial Silk Girl by Irmgard Keun
1.243.56The Other Side by Alfred Kubin
1.2243.16Snow In April by Rosamunde Pilcher
1.2233.52The blue bicycle by Régine Deforges
1.223.82Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs
1.2133.61Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz
1.2133.47Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
1.2113.78Desert by J.M.G. Le Clézio
1.2093.53Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
1.1993.36AntiPatterns: Refactoring Software, Architectures, and Projects in Crisis by William J. Brown
1.1973.45Life of a Good-for-Nothing by Joseph von Eichendorff
1.1963.74The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
1.1833.44Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
1.1823.75Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
1.184.04Holy Bible: King James Version by Bible
1.1783.37Der Schatz im Silbersee by Karl May
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1783.54Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
1.1753.18A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
1.1753.59Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso
1.1733.44The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
1.1713.84Celestial Harmonies by Péter Esterházy
1.163.25On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers by Friedrich Schleiermacher
1.1583.58La Cantatrice chauve : Anti-Piece / La Lecon : Drame comique by Eugene Ionesco
1.1553.32Henry Von Ofterdingen: A Novel by Novalis
1.1553.56Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
1.1543.56My Beautiful Laundrette by Hanif Kureishi
1.1533.76The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott
1.1523.61Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill
1.1513.55I Malavoglia by Giovanni Verga
1.153.56The Gods Will Have Blood by Anatole France
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1463.71Two Years' Vacation by Jules Verne
1.1423.44The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico
1.1373Corydon by André Gide
1.1353.67Mother by Maxim Gorki
1.1333.66Danton's Death by Georg Büchner
1.1323.5The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower by C. Northcote Parkinson
1.1323.9The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.1293.91Agamemnon; Choephori; Eumenides; The Persians; Prometheus Bound; Seven Against Thebes; and The Suppliants by Aischylos
1.1283.5The Seducer's Diary by Søren Kierkegaard
1.1273.61The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
1.1273.22The Pioneers: The Sources of the Susquehanna; a Descriptive Tale by James Fenimore Cooper
1.1273.37The Prairie: A Tale by James Fenimore Cooper
1.1253.84Drei Männer im Schnee by Erich Kästner
1.1233.61Billy Budd and Other Stories by Herman Melville
1.1213.4The Fox by D. H. Lawrence
1.123.77Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier
1.1193.4Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
1.1133.8Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.1123.28Consolation by Anna Gavalda
1.1123.6The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
1.1063.16The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
1.1063.5The Meeting at Telgte by Günter Grass
1.1053.56Tiger at the Gates by Jean Giraudoux
1.1013.27Asterix and the Class Act by René Goscinny
1.0993.69On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0973.88To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0933.68The Nature of Things by Lucretius
1.0933.65The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1.0933.07The Jew's Beech by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
1.093.14Asterix and the Actress by Albert Uderzo
1.093.56Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
1.0893.93The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
1.0893.58The Voices of Marrakesh by Elias Canetti
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0844.13Winnetou 2 by Karl May
1.0833.44The Call of the Toad by Günter Grass
1.0813.49The Quest for Arthur's Britain by Geoffrey Ashe
1.0813.86The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0813.99The Last World: A Novel with an Ovidian Repertory by Christoph Ransmayr
1.083.37The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.0774Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann
1.0763.6Asterix and Obelix All at Sea by Albert Uderzo
1.0723.72Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley
1.0713.83The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
1.073.68The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm
1.0693.38An American Dream by Norman Mailer
1.0683.89Walden by Henry David Thoreau
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0673.67Der letzte Weynfeldt by Martin Suter
1.0673.63Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott
1.0663.31Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas by Olivier Adam
1.0653.86La grammaire est une chanson douce by Erik Orsenna
1.0643.98The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr together with a fragmentary Biography of Kapellmeister Johannes Kreisler on random sheets of wastepaper by E. T. A. Hoffmann
1.0634.06The Foundations of Arithmetic: A Logico-Mathematical Enquiry into the Concept of Number by Gottlob Frege
1.0633.65Our Town by Thornton Wilder
1.0613.21A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne
1.063.61The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott
1.0593.93Handbook of Epictetus by Epictetus
1.0583.86Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0573.5Discourse on Method by René Descartes
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