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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
1.1473.82Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1373.52Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.1323.9The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1164.05Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1023.66The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.1013.6A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
1.0943.76The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0914The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.073.96The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
1.073.44Nadja by André Breton
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0663.63them by Joyce Carol Oates
1.0643.74American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0633.98A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.063.66When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories by Elmore Leonard
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0534.29Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.053.73The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
1.0493.88Beloved by Toni Morrison
1.0493.75Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.73The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
1.0463.77The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
1.0394.11Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.78White Noise by Don DeLillo
1.0343.89Underworld by Don DeLillo
1.0324.11Little, Big by John Crowley
1.033.99The Magus by John Fowles
1.0294.02The Tunnel by William H. Gass
1.0263.73London Fields by Martin Amis
1.023.81The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0183.88The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.88Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0153.9The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0153.71Herzog by Saul Bellow
1.0123.78The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
1.013.93A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1.0073.95Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1.0014.14Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
1.0013.78A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
0.9984.11The First Forty-Nine Stories by Ernest Hemingway
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9974.07Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9974.08Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
0.9953.98Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9954.27Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec
0.9943.96The Castle by Franz Kafka
0.9934.04The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
0.9923.74Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
0.9913.72Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs* by Chuck Klosterman
0.9913.82Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
0.993.96The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
0.9883.97Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
0.9863.75Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
0.9863.99Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
0.9843.96Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9814.13Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
0.9783.41Cocaine Nights by J. G. Ballard
0.9734.06Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
0.9723.59Mao II by Don DeLillo
0.9723.74White Teeth by Zadie Smith
0.9714.08The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9693.86Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9644.2One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
0.9633.81The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
0.9634.03The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.9613.83Candide by Voltaire
0.9613.8The Monk by Matthew Lewis
0.9593.62The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
0.9592.93Closing Time by Joseph Heller
0.9584.01Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
0.9574.07If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
0.9564.02Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
0.9543.8The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
0.9544.08Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
0.9543.77Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.9534.152666 by Roberto Bolaño
0.9533.94The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
0.9514.14House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
0.9494.2Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
0.9483.96For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
0.9464.08Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
0.9464.12J R by William Gaddis
0.9434.22Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
0.9424.01The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.943.93American Pastoral by Philip Roth
0.9394.02Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
0.9383.84The Human Stain by Philip Roth
0.9374.04The Burning Plain, and Other Stories by Juan Rulfo
0.9364.12Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9313.95A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
0.9313.55Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
0.933.97The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
0.9273.67Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth
0.9264.09Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
0.9253.86The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
0.9254.18The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel
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