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.

1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1373.52Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.1323.89The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.6Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1164.06Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1023.64The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.1013.6A Frolic of His Own by William Gaddis
1.0943.77The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
1.0914.01The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.073.95The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
1.073.46Nadja by André Breton
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0663.64them by Joyce Carol Oates
1.0643.75American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0633.99A 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
1.053.74The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
1.0493.76Madame 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
1.0263.75London Fields by Martin Amis
1.023.82The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0183.89The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.89Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0153.9The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0153.72Herzog by Saul Bellow
1.0123.78The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
1.013.93A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1.0073.96Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1.0014.15Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
1.0013.77A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
0.9984.1The First Forty-Nine Stories by Ernest Hemingway
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9974.08Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9974.12Wittgenstein'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
0.9934.05The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
0.9923.74Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
0.9913.73Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs* by Chuck Klosterman
0.9913.83Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
0.993.96The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
0.9863.75Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
0.9863.99Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
0.9843.97Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9814.14Catch-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
0.9644.21One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
0.9633.81The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
0.9634.04The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.9613.83Candide by Voltaire
0.9613.8The Monk by Matthew Lewis
0.9593.64The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
0.9592.92Closing Time by Joseph Heller
0.9584.01Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
0.9574.06If 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
0.9544.09Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
0.9543.77Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.9534.162666 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
0.9464.1J R by William Gaddis
0.9434.21Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
0.9424.02The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.943.94American Pastoral by Philip Roth
0.9394.03Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
0.9383.85The Human Stain by Philip Roth
0.9374.04The Burning Plain, and Other Stories by Juan Rulfo
0.9364.13Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9313.96A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.
0.9313.55Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
0.933.97The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
0.9273.66Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth
0.9264.1Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream by Hunter S. Thompson
0.9253.86The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
0.9254.16The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel
0.9234.19Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
0.9234.07The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
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