Books used to be revolutionary. There was a day and time, when owning a book was a sign of wealth. Today, books are a commodity, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff’s value comes mostly from who wrote it, Sean Penn. I’m not passing judgement on the writing itself. Honestly, I haven’t read it. I have been contemplating it. After my research, for this article, I have made up my mind.
Sean Penn and I have an interesting “relationship”. An article on The Bro Talk refers to Penn as a Baby Boomer. He’s 57. Is this correct? I’m 48. My dad is definitely a Baby Boomer at 71. Watching his movies, as they came out, makes me feel like I grew up with Sean Penn. He was that older guy, in school ahead of me.
Other than his movies I have two really specific memories of Sean Penn. The first is seeing him on some show like Charlie Rose’s, some kind of interview. This is not a critique of his intelligence or anything like that but I was struck by the difficulty he was having communicating his thoughts. I think it was shyness, mostly, maybe he was high, who knows. The reason it caught my attention was that it was not at all how I expected an actor to be. It gave him a little more humanity, in my eyes.
The other time, I actually saw him in person. It was on the set of All The Kings Men. I was an extra, in the funeral, in the rainstorm. When you are on a movie set you get a general idea, about people’s character. They told us not to talk to him, whereas James Gandolfini was glad-handing everyone and joking. The thing is, I didn’t get the impression Sean Penn was being stand-offish or rude. He genuinely seemed to be concentrating on his work and staying in character.
Books give a depth to our intellectual intercourse. Whether I agree with Sean or not, I am interested in knowing a little more about him. I think I will enjoy doing so reading Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.
Actor Sean Penn’s new novel Bob Honey Just Do Stuff is a page turning novel that exposes so much of the world’s society through the lens of protagonist Bob Honey. To Vogue, the author explained how he likes this new medium of writing a novel. The diction of the novel is rich, deep with detail and may call for a dictionary for a word or two’s meaning. Prose and emotion are important in this book. Careful reading is must to not miss out on any of the subliminal hints in the text. Both anger and passion can be fully felt from the words on the page. Reading the book part by part may help, since the structure of the book is written with sections of merely text, rantings, short stories and poetry. Overall, the satirical novel broadens the readers perspective on the truthful issues evolving in today’s changing world.
The setting of the novel is a fictional dystopian world. The novel’s main character, Bob Honey, is a divorced man working for the government. His line of work includes murdering people. Sean Penn uses his work of art to make many references to politics. The author’s started to feel differently about politics during the 2016 presidential election. This novel has been his outlet to express his viewpoint. The novel also has a mention of a character similar to El Chapo, a bigtime drug lord the author met and spoke with once before.
The author brings up a variety of issues in the novel. He speaks on mass shootings by making a reference to the Las Vegas, Nevada mass shooting. The Russian hacking appears in his novel. The conflict occurring in Yemen is wrote into the text of the novel. He mentions scientology, reasoning that people flock to the religion as a way out from the harsh realties occurring throughout the world. But he does blame it for playing a role in society’s downfall. But scientology does not tote the blame completely on its one. The author also mentions that the media plays a role in the issues occurring in the world.