Sean Penn recently added author to his impressive list of credentials. The Academy Award Winner recently debuted his new novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”, and the reviews are really positive.
Penn found a way to weave a unique, and surprisingly funny, tale of what has been dubbed a dystopian world featuring an interesting lead character. The New York Times described the book as being “a riddle in an enigma and cloaked in crazy“. While some thought the book was lacking, the majority found the book interesting, blisteringly funny, and thought provoking. Penn included a poem in the book, one in line with the #MeToo movement, that ignores all rules from basic English lit classed but moves the reader.
Penn offered some words in recent interviews stating that this book offered a different experience for him. Rather than a collaborative effort required to create a film, he enjoyed the feeling of standing for something that was simply all his. He noted that his work has been compared to heavy hitters in the writing industry and feels as though that is a compliment. When you like someone’s work, it is only natural that their style will influence your work, and in this case, he feels as if that is quite true.
The book focuses on a man named Bob Honey, a who is divorced and works on septic tanks, as well as being an assassin for the United States Government. Bob mirrors Penn in many ways, and his feelings about the state of the country today seem to fall in line with how many feel as though they have lost control of the direction America is taking. Bob’s tale of being caught between his regular life as an average worker in America while also being a killing machine reflects Penn’s feelings of dissociation with the current waves flowing through the movie industry. As the story deepens, readers are pulled into a complex and sometimes incredibly confusing world of Bob that is woven with a unique wry humor and cinematic flare Penn carefully crafted.
“Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is out now and available on all formats. Penn has shared some of himself in the character as well as creating a unique individual who is facing tough choices and moral questions. Overall, the critics seem to agree that it is a very good read.