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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
1.1473.83Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1373.51Naked 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
1.1013.58A 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
1.073.95The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolaño
1.073.45Nadja by André Breton
1.0673.91Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
1.0643.75American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
1.0634A 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
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.72The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
1.0463.77The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
1.0394.12Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.79White 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
1.0183.88Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0153.9The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
1.0153.74Lord of the Flies by William Golding
1.0153.72Herzog 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
1.0014.15Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
1.0013.77A House for Mr. Biswas by V. S. Naipaul
0.9983.91The First Forty-Nine Stories by Ernest Hemingway
0.9983.91Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
0.9974.08Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9974.14Wittgenstein's Mistress by David Markson
0.9953.98Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
0.9954.27Life: A User's Manual by Georges Perec
0.9943.95The Castle by Franz Kafka
0.9934.07The Violent Bear It Away by Flannery O'Connor
0.9913.72Sex, 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
0.9723.6Mao 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
0.9543.81The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
0.9544.08Against 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
0.9483.97For 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
0.9424.02The 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.
0.9313.54Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
0.933.97The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
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
0.9223.95All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
0.924.27Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
0.923.89The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
0.9173.96Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
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