Sean Penns First Novel: Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. A Satirical, Dystopian

Take on Today’s World – Is Receiving Polarized Reviews

Sean Penn has recently added novelist to his long list of accomplishments. He’s well known for his heavily awarded and tenured career as an actor in Hollywood. His newest book, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, has received polarized reviews. The critics are either loving it and find it entertaining or maddening.


Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, is a fictional, dystopian take on today’s world. It was initially an audiobook released in 2016. Narrated under Penn’s pseudonym, Pappy Pariah. He has since developed the characters and story into what it is today. Bob Honey is a man who seems to mirror Penn in many aspects of the parts of the man we know. In many ways, Bob Honey is an enigma in his world and Penn is one in our world.


Bob Honey has a myriad of jobs; he works as a septic tank salesman, sells fireworks to dictators and is a part-time assassin who works for the government. His is hired to kill elderly people who have used up too much of the countries natural resources by hitting them with a mallet over the head. As you read the small book, you will see so much of today’s world and politics mentioned throughout.

Penn has also been very vocal about his thoughts on politics, the President, and international affairs. He continues to do this in his novel about Bob Honey. Penn discusses a lot of the social change issues that have been circulating in the news this year; he also mentions political leaders that he has interviewed all under fake names. He named Trump, “The Landlord” and writes him a letter at the end of the book. Along with challenging him to a Twitter duel and calls for his assassination.


The only social change movement he calls out by name is the “#MeToo” movement. Criticizes it through a series of questions, “And what’s with this ‘Me Too’? This infantilizing term of the day… Is this a toddlers’ crusade? Reducing rape, slut-shaming, and suffrage to reckless child’s play? A platform for accusation impunity? Due process has lost its sheen?” Penn had been accused in the past of domestic abuse and sexual misconduct but since been exonerated.


Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, is written in a combination of stories, random poetry, rants complicated pros and addiction to alliteration. People have said it’s a “trippy read.” Entertainment Weekly says that, “Bob is nearly pure reactionary vent.” While USA Today says, “His literary debut is a mixed bag of nuts that are hard to crack. But you dig in, you’ll find some good stuff.” These are the kind of differing views Penn expects. He said to CBS Sunday Morning, recently that, “Some people, I think, will really enjoy it, others will loathe it.”

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