This still is one of the best "coming of age" novels ever written. I doubt there are many people still around who can relate to many of the things that Studs experienced exactly only due to the fact that they were born too late. This is not the point, however, of a true classic (which this trilogy is). The feelings experienced by Studs, described so freely and naturally, are timeless. The language may be objectionable to some, but have you taken a close listen to many of the Rap lyrics on today's CD's and even on radio? The writing and the storyline flow. Unlike most novels published today, this trilogy is a perfect example of an author getting so deeply into his main character that his public bio becomes indistinguishable from him. I'm sure you'll find that most people will recognize the name Studs Lonigan, but ask them who James Farrell is (outside of the context of the novels) and they'll probably not be able to tell you. Concerns that these novels are racist and anti-semitic seem to me to be a bit naive. This stuff is pretty mild compared to the garbage that your average person is subjected to daily in the print and electronic media. I would still recommend it for inclusion in a high school level honors literature program reading list.