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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
1.1473.84Moby 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
1.1164.14Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1023.65The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson
1.1013.61A 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
1.073.95The 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
1.063.66When the Women Come Out to Dance: Stories by Elmore Leonard
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0534.3Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0493.76Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.0483.73The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
1.0463.77The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
1.0394.13Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
1.0393.79White Noise by Don DeLillo
1.0343.88Underworld by Don DeLillo
1.0324.12Little, Big by John Crowley
1.033.99The Magus by John Fowles
1.0293.97The 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
1.0123.79The 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
0.9983.9The 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
0.9863.99Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
0.9843.98Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9814.16Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
0.9783.41Cocaine 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
0.9613.82The 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
0.9543.8The 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
0.9514.14House 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
0.9424.02The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.943.96American Pastoral by Philip Roth
0.9394.03Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse
0.9383.85The Human Stain by Philip Roth
0.9364.15Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
0.9313.95A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
0.9313.51Inherent 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
0.9223.96All 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
0.9154.22Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
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