Sean Penn’s new novel is getting a lot of attention. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is unpredictable and leaves the reader feeling reflective and baffled. The novel was originally a short audio book and was expanded to include truths regarding current society. The main character is an oddball named Bob Honey. He works for the government part time as an assassin. His personality is antisocial and becomes dominant. Sean Penn expresses his political opinions with anger and passion. The social issues important to him stand out clearly. This includes the shooting in Las Vegas, the conflict in Yemen, net neutrality, Russian hacking and MeToo. These events are written about with anger and criticism because he believes they have solutions.
There are similarities between Sean Penn and Bob Honey. They both dislike the current political climate, share a passion for humanitarianism and are baby boomers. Sean Penn helped the victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and Bob Honey surveys the destruction in Iraq and provides assistance for a devastating United States hurricane. The character of Bob Honey is a reflection of the ideas and values important to Sean Penn. The humanitarian efforts of Bob Honey probably come from the personal experiences of Sean Penn. The ideas of Bob Honey are often wise and prophetic. This is veiled with satire, metaphor and creative language.
Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff supports modern social ideas and movements. He challenges bullying and appears as a hero in the epilogue. He takes disguised jabs at the disdainful tweets of President Trump. In the book he is referred to as the landlord. Sean Penn has referenced the women’s march occurring on the same day the President was inaugurated. He calls the hair of the landlord cotton candy and refences the NRA and Russia. Sean Penn’s views regarding the issues of violence and bullying come through in his character. His poem in the epilogue speaks of the violence present in the international community and political corruption and violence. He uses satire and metaphor to draw attention to the violence in the real world. This is an intriguing book concerning social issues with the perspective of Sean Penn.
Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is a combination of satire, fiction and bitter commentary. The ex wife in the book is reminiscient of the way Sean Penn felt about his divorce. His words disguise his animosity for the current President along with his frustration with the state of society.