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Why So Low? - Frequently Misunderstood, or Rightfully Maligned

Years ago, I noticed how books with a less than 3.7 rating on Goodreads often got the short end of the stick, so I decided to create a shelf delineating that particularly beleaguered lot should I ever be in the mood to focus on it. Plenty of the ones I've read from that selection have proven to be absolute gems, while others could have, in my opinion, afforded an even lower estimation in the public view. Here are the works that continue to labor under a less than optimal first impression on my TBR, for better or worse. The ones nearer the end have very few ratings and thus can be easily wildly skewed in either direction, which should serve as an invitation to some of you to check them out and see what's up for yourself.
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avg. score: 2 of 274 (1%)
required scores: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 

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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (James Joyce)
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Cleopatra: A Life (Stacy Schiff)
Cleopatra: A Life (Stacy Schiff)
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Serena (Ron Rash)
Serena (Ron Rash)
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The Woman Upstairs (Claire Messud)
The Woman Upstairs (Claire Messud)
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The Sea (John Banville)
The Sea (John Banville)
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Among Others (Jo Walton)
Among Others (Jo Walton)
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Tampa (Alissa Nutting)
Tampa (Alissa Nutting)
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The Other Typist (Suzanne Rindell)
The Other Typist (Suzanne Rindell)
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9
Story of the Eye (Georges Bataille)
Story of the Eye (Georges Bataille)
10
Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Marlon James)
Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Marlon James)
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The Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser)
The Faerie Queene (Edmund Spenser)
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Say You're One of Them (Uwem Akpan)
Say You're One of Them (Uwem Akpan)
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The Pox Party (M.T. Anderson)
The Pox Party (M.T. Anderson)
14
The Testament of Mary (Colm Toibin)
The Testament of Mary (Colm Toibin)
15
Turn of Mind (Alice Laplante)
Turn of Mind (Alice Laplante)
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The Empathy Exams: Essays (Leslie Jamison)
The Empathy Exams: Essays (Leslie Jamison)
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The Pigeon (Patrick Süskind)
The Pigeon (Patrick Süskind)
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Justine (Marquis De Sade)
Justine (Marquis De Sade)
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Lady Oracle (Margaret Atwood)
Lady Oracle (Margaret Atwood)
20
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
Finnegans Wake (James Joyce)
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21
The Ambassadors (Henry James)
The Ambassadors (Henry James)
22
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Heinrich Böll)
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum (Heinrich Böll)
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The Widower's Tale (Julia Glass)
The Widower's Tale (Julia Glass)
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Divisadero (Michael Ondaatje)
Divisadero (Michael Ondaatje)
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Venus in Furs (Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch)
Venus in Furs (Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch)
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Pigeon English (Stephen Kelman)
Pigeon English (Stephen Kelman)
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Handling the Undead (John Ajvide Linqvist)
Handling the Undead (John Ajvide Linqvist)
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The Immoralist (André Gide)
The Immoralist (André Gide)
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The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (Melanie Benjamin)
The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb (Melanie Benjamin)
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Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures (Vincent Lam)
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures (Vincent Lam)
31
White Tears (Hari Kunzru)
White Tears (Hari Kunzru)
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Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus (Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy)
Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus (Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy)
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33
The Dress Lodger (Sheri Holman)
The Dress Lodger (Sheri Holman)
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Parrot and Olivier in America (Peter Carey)
Parrot and Olivier in America (Peter Carey)
35
The Blazing World (Siri Hustvedt)
The Blazing World (Siri Hustvedt)
36
The Confessions (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
The Confessions (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)
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The Dud Avacado (Elaine Dundy)
The Dud Avacado (Elaine Dundy)
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Sex With Kings (Eleanor Herman)
Sex With Kings (Eleanor Herman)
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The Lonely Londoners (Sam Selvon)
The Lonely Londoners (Sam Selvon)
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Blue Asylum (Kathy Hepinstall)
Blue Asylum (Kathy Hepinstall)
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