Controversial Books for sdpbooks

This page shows the most "controversial" books in this library, as measured by the highest standard deviation of members' star ratings.

Standard Deviation Average Rating Your Rating Title
1.323 3.04 A Crack Up at the Race Riots by Harmony Korine
1.206 4.03 Ulysses by James Joyce
1.189 3.98 The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
1.17 3.43 White Chappell, Scarlet Tracings by Iain Sinclair
1.167 3.64 The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
1.153 3.49 Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs
1.142 3.74 Milkman by Anna Burns
1.131 3.81 Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
1.128 3.79 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.121 3.94 A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
1.118 3.82 The Turn of the Screw [Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism] by Henry James
1.115 3.59 The Elementary Particles by Michel Houellebecq
1.109 3.37 Timoleon Vieta Come Home: A Sentimental Journey by Dan Rhodes
1.104 3.7 The Unusual Life of Tristan Smith by Peter Carey
1.095 3.71 A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
1.087 3.89 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
1.072 3.63 The Essential Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway
1.072 3.76 Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
1.069 3.66 Anthropology by Dan Rhodes
1.067 3.69 London Fields by Martin Amis
1.051 3.49 The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
1.049 3.49 Red-Dirt Marijuana and Other Tastes by Terry Southern
1.042 3.74 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
1.042 3.7 Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
1.04 3.73 The White Hotel by D. M. Thomas
1.04 3.7 Collected Stories by Peter Carey
1.036 3.38 Corridors of Power by C.P. Snow
1.03 3.86 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
1.026 3.77 Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
1.024 3.97 The Tin Drum by Günter Grass
1.021 3.65 The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
1.018 3.82 The Blind Owl by Ṣādiq Hidāyat
1.018 3.83 The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector
1.017 4.16 Three Novels: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable by Samuel Beckett
1.016 3.63 Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis
1.01 3.75 My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
1.007 4.1 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
1.006 3.55 Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray
1.003 4.02 Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt
1.001 3.38 A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks
1.001 3.86 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
1 3.06 Memories of the Ford Administration by John Updike
0.998 3.15 We Are Now Beginning Our Descent by James Meek
0.997 3.35 A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
0.996 3.53 Automated Alice by Jeff Noon
0.995 3.43 The Information by Martin Amis
0.994 3.15 In the Shape of a Boar by Lawrence Norfolk
0.992 3.57 The End of the Road by John Barth
0.989 3.59 Couples by John Updike
0.989 3.66 Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah
0.989 4.16 Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
0.989 3.42 The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
0.986 4.01 The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.985 3.3 Blue Movie by Terry Southern
0.984 3.77 Beastly Tales from Here and There by Vikram Seth
0.973 4.03 And Quiet Flows the Don by Michail Sjolochov
0.973 3.62 Never Mind by Edward St. Aubyn
0.973 4 Home by Marilynne Robinson
0.965 3.57 Vineland by Thomas Pynchon
0.961 3.63 The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy
0.961 3.52 The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
0.958 3.45 Ripley Bogle by Robert McLiam Wilson
0.958 3.87 The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
0.954 3.87 The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
0.952 3.68 Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture by Douglas Coupland
0.951 3.74 Normal People by Sally Rooney
0.95 3.85 Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee
0.95 3.52 Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje
0.948 3.83 The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe
0.947 3.86 The Thought Gang by Tibor Fischer
0.947 4.1 Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
0.944 4.15 Austerlitz by W. G. Sebald
0.941 4.12 Selected Poems by W. H. Auden
0.939 3.91 Group Portrait With Lady by Heinrich Böll
0.939 4.05 The Secret History by Donna Tartt
0.936 3.57 Mao II by Don DeLillo
0.936 3.85 The Human Stain by Philip Roth
0.934 4.04 Shakespeare Stories by Leon Garfield
0.934 3.59 The Quantity Theory of Insanity by Will Self
0.934 3.59 The Liar by Stephen Fry
0.933 3.72 Carmen and Other Stories by Prosper Merimee
0.933 4.05 Out of Africa / Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen
0.933 3.73 Dogwalker: Stories by Arthur Bradford
0.933 3.81 Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
0.93 3.7 Time's Arrow, or The Nature of the Offence by Martin Amis
0.929 3.72 Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
0.928 3.64 The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi
0.927 4.2 Letters to Felice by Franz Kafka
0.926 3.97 The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
0.925 3.76 A Dead Man in Deptford by Anthony Burgess
0.924 3.75 The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
0.922 3.95 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
0.92 4.11 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
0.919 3.43 On the Mountain by Thomas Bernhard
0.919 4.22 The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
0.918 4.11 Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
0.918 4.05 The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Sławomir Rawicz
0.917 3.83 Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
0.917 4.04 Hunger by Knut Hamsun
0.917 3.9 The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
0.916 3.48 Aberystwyth Mon Amour by Malcolm Pryce
0.915 3.31 Other People by Martin Amis
0.915 3.5 Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard by Kiran Desai
0.912 3.92 The Mortdecai Trilogy by Kyril Bonfiglioli
0.91 4.02 The Coronation by Boris Akunin
0.91 4.11 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
0.909 3.75 The City of Marvels by Eduardo Mendoza
0.908 3.85 We: A Novel by Yevgeny Zamyatin
0.907 3.79 The Man with the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
0.904 4.04 V. by Thomas Pynchon
0.904 3.65 Felicia's Journey by William Trevor
0.904 4.07 Emma by Jane Austen
0.903 3.8 Scoop by Evelyn Waugh
0.902 4.06 Spring Snow by Yukio Mishima
0.901 3.7 Tarka the Otter by Henry Williamson
0.899 3.8 August 1914 by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
0.896 3.93 Mysteries by Knut Hamsun
0.896 3.41 Cock & bull by Will Self
0.894 3.76 Nothing Like the Sun by Anthony Burgess
0.894 3.89 Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams
0.891 3.86 The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams
0.888 4.08 Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
0.885 4.1 Six Memos for the Next Millennium by Italo Calvino
0.883 3.68 Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
0.883 4.2 Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess
0.882 3.64 The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
0.876 4.08 The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse by Vikram Seth
0.874 3.89 Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov
0.871 4.01 The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis by José Saramago
0.871 3.76 The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare
0.869 3.76 Safety of Objects by A. M. Homes
0.867 4.2 The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
0.866 3.32 Americana by Don DeLillo
0.853 4.23 1984 by George Orwell
0.847 3.41 The Girl at the Lion d'Or by Sebastian Faulks
0.846 3.95 The Collector by John Fowles
0.845 3.98 The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
0.842 4.26 Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
0.837 3.87 Small World by David Lodge
0.836 4.17 Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake
0.835 3.72 She Lover of Death by Boris Akunin
0.833 3.94 Under the Frog by Tibor Fischer
0.833 3.59 Love Among the Chickens by P. G. Wodehouse
0.828 4.31 Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories by Raymond Carver
0.821 3.59 The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
0.821 4.1 L. A. Confidential by James Ellroy
0.819 3.71 Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
0.818 3.63 The Key by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
0.817 3.84 Nice Work by David Lodge
0.815 3.66 Some Prefer Nettles by Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
0.812 3.75 The Essential Spike Milligan by Spike Milligan
0.807 4.09 Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
0.805 4.2 Smile by Raina Telgemeier
0.802 4 Time Travelling with a Hamster by Ross Welford
0.802 4.31 The Complete Stories by Franz Kafka
0.8 3.67 Leaving Berlin by Joseph Kanon
0.798 3.6 Reef by Romesh Gunesekera
0.789 4.1 The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
0.784 3.71 Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo
0.776 4.02 The Metaphysical Poets by Helen Louise Gardner
0.762 4.11 Thank You, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
0.758 4.23 Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada
0.753 4.13 Eureka Street by Robert McLiam Wilson
0.751 3.41 Don't Tell Me the Truth About Love by Dan Rhodes
0.748 4.08 Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
0.748 4.38 Sanatorium Under the Sign of the Hourglass by Bruno Schulz
0.733 3.41 Little Green Man by Simon Armitage
0.726 4.26 The Diamond Chariot by Boris Akunin
0.719 4.28 The Emigrants by Vilhelm Moberg
0.703 4.23 He Lover of Death by Boris Akunin
0.643 4.63 Emma / Mansfield Park / Northanger Abbey / Persuasion / Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility / Lady Susan by Jane Austen
0.569 4.24 Charles Baudelaire: Complete Poems by Charles Baudelaire
0.512 3.68 Marriage Material by Sathnam Sanghera