I have heard many negative comments about this novel, that it is boring and hard to follow. It is mostly a commentary on Jim Crow laws and the racism taking place in the late 1800s and early 1900s and because of this it is a little dry. This is what makes it for me though. Chestnutt really portrays the dangers of segregation and taking advantage of the system and how it can escalate to the point of violence. We must preserve justice of the law and learn from past mistakes.