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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
1.4162.62Asterix and the Falling Sky by Albert Uderzo
1.3733.71The Frogs by Aristophanes
1.3523.75The Koran by al-Qur'an
1.3412.72Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung by Mao Tse-Tung
1.3383.33French Leave by Anna Gavalda
1.3213.25The Third Eye by T. Lobsang Rampa
1.3193.68The Artificial Silk Girl by Irmgard Keun
1.243.6The Other Side by Alfred Kubin
1.2243.2Snow In April by Rosamunde Pilcher
1.2233.48The blue bicycle by Régine Deforges
1.223.78Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs
1.2133.5Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz
1.2133.47Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West
1.2113.72Desert by J.M.G. Le Clézio
1.2093.55Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
1.1993.36AntiPatterns: Refactoring Software, Architectures, and Projects in Crisis by William J. Brown
1.1973.4Life of a Good-for-Nothing by Joseph von Eichendorff
1.1963.79The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
1.1833.41Forrest Gump by Winston Groom
1.1823.78Gargantua and Pantagruel by François Rabelais
1.184.06Holy Bible: King James Version by American Bible Society
1.1783.37Der Schatz im Silbersee by Karl May
1.1783.53The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
1.1783.57Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
1.1753.25A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
1.1753.57Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso
1.1733.44The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
1.1713.82Celestial Harmonies by Péter Esterházy
1.163.32On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers by Friedrich Schleiermacher
1.1583.58La Cantatrice chauve : Anti-Piece / La Lecon : Drame comique by Eugène Ionesco
1.1553.28Henry Von Ofterdingen: A Novel by Novalis
1.1553.54Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
1.1543.54My Beautiful Laundrette by Hanif Kureishi
1.1533.73The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott
1.1523.64Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O'Neill
1.1513.56The House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni Verga
1.153.58The Gods Will Have Blood by Anatole France
1.1473.82Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1463.74Two Years' Vacation by Jules Verne
1.1423.51The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico
1.1373.03Corydon by André Gide
1.1353.64Mother by Maxim Gorky
1.1333.68Danton's Death by Georg Büchner
1.1323.45The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower by C. Northcote Parkinson
1.1323.9The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.1293.94Agamemnon; Choephori; Eumenides; The Persians; Prometheus Bound; Seven Against Thebes; and The Suppliants by Aeschylus
1.1283.49The Seducer's Diary by Søren Kierkegaard
1.1273.61The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
1.1273.27The Pioneers: The Sources of the Susquehanna; a Descriptive Tale by James Fenimore Cooper
1.1273.4The Prairie: A Tale by James Fenimore Cooper
1.1253.9Drei Männer im Schnee by Erich Kästner
1.1233.6Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories by Herman Melville
1.1223.38JavaScript Pocket Reference by David Flanagan
1.1213.46The Fox by D. H. Lawrence
1.123.69Clochemerle by Gabriel Chevallier
1.1193.38Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
1.1133.82Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.1123.32Consolation by Anna Gavalda
1.1123.6The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
1.1063.15The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
1.1063.51The Meeting at Telgte by Günter Grass
1.1053.56Tiger at the Gates by Jean Giraudoux
1.1013.32Asterix and the Class Act by Albert Uderzo
1.0993.68On the Road by Jack Kerouac
1.0973.87To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0933.7The Nature of Things by Lucretius
1.0933.63The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
1.0933.1Die Judenbuche by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
1.093.14Asterix and the Actress by Albert Uderzo
1.093.6Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
1.0893.93The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne
1.0893.59The Voices of Marrakesh by Elias Canetti
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0844.08Winnetou 2 by Karl May
1.0833.38The Call of the Toad by Günter Grass
1.0813.46The Quest for Arthur's Britain by Geoffrey Ashe
1.0813.83The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0814.01The Last World: A Novel with an Ovidian Repertory by Christoph Ransmayr
1.083.41The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
1.0774Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann
1.0763.59Asterix 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
1.073.65The Rider on the White Horse by Theodor Storm
1.0693.38An American Dream by Norman Mailer
1.0683.89Walden by Henry David Thoreau
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0673.71The Last Weynfeldt by Martin Suter
1.0673.52Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott
1.0663.25Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas by Olivier Adam
1.0653.85La grammaire est une chanson douce by Erik Orsenna
1.0644The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr by E. T. A. Hoffmann
1.0634.09The Foundations of Arithmetic: A Logico-Mathematical Enquiry into the Concept of Number by Gottlob Frege
1.0633.67Our Town by Thornton Wilder
1.0613.18A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne
1.063.62The Bride of Lammermoor by Sir Walter Scott
1.0593.95Handbook of Epictetus by Epictetus
1.0583.83Perelandra by C. S. Lewis
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
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