There are multiple angles, analysis, criticism, analogies and even political comments ingrained in Sean Penn’s new book “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. However, the best way to understand how the book entertains the people and relays its messages would be to recap the review that Rolling Stones and EW wrote about Sean Penn’s debut novel.
For starters, it may be said here that based on the Rolling Stones review and interview with Sean Penn, the debut novel can be seen as a way for him to explore his creative persona, now in the form of a novel. He already broke grounds with his acting career and even became a fantastic writer and director. In the hope to push more the reach of his creative gene, he had to try writing a novel.
The Rolling Stone piece also sort of conjectured that Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is a think piece. It is a comment on the national politics in the country today. It’s an allegory of what may happen in the future if the society won’t be careful. It’s also a general blueprint of what the society’s image in a global scale looks like today.
The Rolling Stone piece also revealed through the words of Penn himself in the interview that the book is a collection of snapshots that Penn was able to get while working across the world. Asked if there were any particular event that shaped his ideas or outline for his novel, Penn simply answer that everything was the source of his ideas. It’s also in the interview that people learned that Penn was a big fan of Harry Crews, and that Penn somehow had no idea if there’s an active link between the book he wrote with what people say are the novelists that shaped his work.
In the EW article, people got the idea that Penn’s Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is supposed to be a slimmer mystery audiobook, but later turned out to be an all-encompassing work to comment on the modern times United States is ingrained today. It’s also in the EW piece that Penn admitted how this book may not be for everyone, saying that some won’t get it while some will. Fortunately, this is his intention after all.