I understand now why this is a classic. It had some beautiful prose, several very relatable human moments and characters that were intriguing, but at the same time could have been anyone. The dialogue being in the vernacular is hard to get used to at first… and honestly, some of it never did make sense in my head. But I do think that it adds a dimension of being absorbed by the setting and giving the characters a voice that isn’t mine in my head. The characters also spoke to the race difficulties in that era, which I found instructive. Overall, the story wasn’t crazy, but it was charming and definitely has a well deserved place on the classics shelves. I would not mind re-reading this one.