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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
1.1553.59Un amore by Dino Buzzati
1.0693.75I'll Steal You Away by Niccolo Ammaniti
1.0534.3Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
1.0463.74The Character of Rain: A Novel by Amélie Nothomb
1.0343.88Underworld by Don DeLillo
1.0183.9The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.0153.82When Nietzsche Wept by Irvin D. Yalom
1.0143.43City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende
0.9943.89The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
0.9923.76L'Evangile selon Pilate by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
0.9873.8Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo
0.9813.92The History of Love by Nicole Krauss
0.9743.74Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante
0.9693.86Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee
0.9633.81The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe
0.9624Froth on the Daydream by Boris Vian
0.9594.15The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
0.9553.62Neige by Maxence Fermine
0.9374.13Blankets by Craig Thompson
0.9313.99Heart so White by Javier Marías
0.9234.19Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
0.9233.74Foreskin's Lament by Shalom Auslander
0.9143.72The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa
0.9144.28A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
0.9123.76The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
0.913.78Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin
0.9093.61The Turkish Gambit by Boris Akunin
0.9083.56The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano
0.9034.09Barney's Version by Mordecai Richler
0.8963.76I'm Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti
0.8924Book of Haikus by Jack Kerouac
0.8853.97Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
0.8813.99Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
0.8783.62The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna
0.8783.78Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
0.8773.61Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
0.8764.1The World According to Garp by John Irving
0.8763.34The Sunflower Forest by Torey L. Hayden
0.8744.09Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
0.8713.96Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer
0.8663.99Ubik by Philip K. Dick
0.8663.6What I Talk About When I Talk About Running: A Memoir by Haruki Murakami
0.8633.8The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz by Mordecai Richler
0.8634.13Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
0.8614.05Norwegian 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
0.8414.01A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
0.8084.07The Door by Magda Szabó
0.83.91The Brotherhood of the Grape by John Fante
0.7853.81By night in Chile by Roberto Bolaño
0.7843.97Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
0.7714.31The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
0.763.51The 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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