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The Enigma of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff and Sean Penn, Its Author

There’s plenty to make out of the book reviews of Sean Penn’s absurdist debut novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” featured in USA Today and Entertainment Weekly (EW). For starters, Sean Penn has never been known yet as a writer, despite the fact that he’s already written scripts or drafts of them for movies he’s in. He’s no doubt a talented, established and sought-after actor today, but he feels that his next stage as an artist would have to be as a novelist. The product of this new stage in his career is this new novel that is described to be a satire or political comment of what’s going on in the United States as a culture, a purveyor of modern values and as a country of divisive ideas.



EW shared that Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is supposed to be just a thinner book, a novella perhaps, in the form of an audiobook narrated by Penn himself. Penn would be using his pseudonym Pappy Pariah, and it is meant to be an entertaining and yet insightful comment of where America is in right now in terms of pushing for the values it is supposed to lead.


People also learned from the EW book review that the novel is about Bob, a man in the Baby Boomer generation who is a freelancer, working for odd jobs. These jobs include being a septic tank man as well as a government hitman, meant to kill compromising personalities that the government finds disruptive. Part-time assasin, part-time hustler, Bob navigates America in the entire novel in all its basking and flawed glory.



EW added that Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff definitely features the personal worldview of Penn, including his opinion on the dirt of American media today as well as the police violence in the country against racial minorities.



In the USA Today book review, people may be able to glean that Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is also a comment on what happened during and at the aftermath of the Trump Presidential Elections. In the novel, the setting is fictionally set during the 2016 Presidential Elections. The book also features Bob as an enigma and as a man that seems to be a symbolic figure of what Penn is in real life. Despite correlations between real-life Penn as author of Bob and Bob himself, USA Today argues that Bob is still as much of an enigma as Penn is.

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