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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
1.1553.51Un amore by Dino Buzzati
1.0693.71I'll Steal You Away by Niccolo Ammaniti
1.0534.29Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0463.74The Character of Rain: A Novel by Amélie Nothomb
1.0343.89Underworld by Don DeLillo
1.0183.89The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0153.81When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
1.0143.43City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
0.9943.88The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
0.9923.78L'Evangile selon Pilate by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
0.9873.81Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo
0.9813.91The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
0.9743.73Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante
0.9693.86Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
0.9633.81The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
0.9623.96Froth on the Daydream by Boris Vian
0.9594.14The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9553.53Neige by Maxence Fermine
0.9374.12Blankets by Craig Thompson
0.9314.01A Heart so White by Javier Marías
0.9234.19Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
0.9233.73Foreskin's Lament by Shalom Auslander
0.9143.72The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
0.9144.27A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
0.9123.77The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
0.913.76Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
0.9093.58The Turkish Gambit by Boris Akunin
0.9083.54The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
0.9034.09Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler
0.8963.76I'm Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti
0.8923.98Book of Haikus by Jack Kerouac
0.8853.97Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
0.8813.99Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
0.8783.63The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
0.8783.78Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
0.8773.6Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
0.8764.09The World According to Garp by John Irving
0.8763.39The Sunflower Forest by Torey L. Hayden
0.8744.08Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
0.8713.92Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer
0.8664Ubik by Philip K. Dick
0.8663.6What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakami
0.8633.79The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
0.8634.12Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
0.8614.03Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
0.8613.82Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami
0.8614.24Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
0.8414A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
0.8084.11The Door by Magda Szabó
0.83.9The Brotherhood of the Grape by John Fante
0.7853.8By night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño
0.7843.95Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
0.7714.31The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
0.763.5The Howling Miller by Arto Paasilinna
0.7573.9Closely Watched Trains by Bohumil Hrabal
0.7014.2Simon's Cat by Simon Tofield
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