Absurdist Novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” Gets Nationally Reviewed

Long known for being an actor and director, Sean Penn is also now a novelist. He released a 176 page book through Atria Books called “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. This book was reviewed by The New York Times. They called it a nutty novel which is an enigma wrapped up in crazy. This book began as a short audiobook that he narrated himself.

“Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is about a middle-aged Californian man who is extraordinarily skeptical about modern times. The New York Times review says that what he does for a living is nebulous. He could be a world-traveling businessman or possibly a contract killer who murders older people. Or, he could just be a crazy person sitting at home just imagining he does these things.

The New York Times review says that “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” doesn’t have a formal plot to it. He hates his ex-wife and wants to get together with a young woman he knows called Annie. However, Annie may or may not exist. The reviewer said that the book is meant to be confusing by design and hearkens back to books by Hunter S. Thompson among others.

Entertainment Weekly also reviewed “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. This review, written by David Canfield, calls the novel a trippy read. They said the book is satirical and involves madness which also reveals some surprising truths along the way. They say the book has a number of references to the current occupant of the White House and involves a Republican National Convention in the plot. There is also a character named Fletcher who is based on El Chapo, a Mexican drug lord who Sean Penn interviewed.

The Entertainment Weekly review says that “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” main character is Bob and they think he is somewhat modeled on Sean Penn himself. He, too, has gotten mad about the status quo on a number of occasions during the course of his career. The book is mainly about how American society has changed over the years to the point where those in the Baby Boomer generation don’t recognize what a lot of America is now about.

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