That Novel - 2nd Attempts
I really don't have an issue with the use of the novel to show a reflection of how life might have been. I've seen it done before - especially in the context of the Middle Passage. The reason, though, that I don't have a problem with it is that it is framed in terms of this "might" tell us something about the cultural values of this group. Also, I didn't get the feeling that Beck was trying to say that this was true for all Russian jewish immigrants. I think that he was trying to explain a larger trend within a group.