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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
1.1473.85Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1373.53Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.1323.9The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1164.13Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1023.65The 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
1.0914.02The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
1.0883.9As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
1.073.96The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
1.073.47Nadja by André Breton
1.0673.93Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0643.76American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0634A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.063.65When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories by Elmore Leonard
1.0573.87Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0534.29Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0493.77Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.74The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
1.0463.77The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
1.0394.13Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.79White Noise by Don DeLillo
1.0343.89Underworld by Don DeLillo
1.0324.12Little, Big by John Crowley
1.034The Magus by John Fowles
1.0293.96The Tunnel by William H. Gass
1.0263.76London Fields by Martin Amis
1.023.83The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0183.9The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0183.89Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0153.9The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
1.0153.75Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0153.71Herzog by Saul Bellow
1.0123.79The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
1.013.94A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1.0073.96Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
1.0014.16Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
1.0013.76A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
0.9983.88The First Forty-Nine Stories by Ernest Hemingway
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9974.09Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9974.13Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
0.9954.05Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9954.28Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec
0.9943.94The Castle by Franz Kafka
0.9913.72Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs* by Chuck Klosterman
0.9913.83Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
0.993.95The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
0.9863.77Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
0.9863.98Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
0.9843.97Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9814.16Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
0.9783.42Cocaine Nights by J. G. Ballard
0.9734.08Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
0.9723.74White Teeth by Zadie Smith
0.9714.09The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9693.86Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9644.23One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
0.9633.82The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
0.9634.07The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.9613.84Candide by Voltaire
0.9613.83The Monk by Matthew Lewis
0.9593.64The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
0.9592.91Closing 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
0.9564.01Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
0.9543.81The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
0.9544.09Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
0.9543.78Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.9534.172666 by Roberto Bolaño
0.9533.94The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
0.9514.15House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
0.9494.21Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
0.9483.98For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
0.9464.09Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith
0.9464.11J R by William Gaddis
0.9434.22Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
0.9424.03The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.943.96American Pastoral by Philip Roth
0.9394.04Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
0.9383.85The Human Stain by Philip Roth
0.9364.15Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9313.96A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
0.9313.52Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
0.933.98The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
0.9264.11Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
0.9253.86The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
0.9254.19The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel by Amy Hempel
0.9234.19Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
0.9234.08The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
0.9223.95All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
0.924.28Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
0.923.91The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
0.9173.96Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
0.9163.98The Stranger by Albert Camus
0.9164.12Jesus' Son by Denis Johnson
0.9154.23Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
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