The Man Who Loved Children
by Christina Stead
Time 100 Novels, Guardian 1000 Novels
This was tough to read. It was long, and it was painful. The Pollit family was almost entirely unsympathetic, and every moment of humanity was followed by two of selfishness, ignorance, or even cruelty. At first these foibles were humorous, but things became so unpleasant that after a while that it wasn't funny any more. It's not a bad book, but the dysfunction was so relentless that I really had to grind through it.