Sean Penn has turned novelist with the publication of new book, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff“. The book is a longer version of an audio book Penn released a few years earlier. The audio book joined the creative machinations of many outspoken celebs during the Hilary v. Trump election campaign. These celebs used commercials, awards acceptance speeches, public engagements, and books to speak of the danger of elected Donald Trump. Now years later Penn has returned to the world of Bob Honey, to tell us all how he thinks things are going.
The book is narrated by the quirky character Pappy Pariah, whom Penn first credited with writing the book years ago. He has now taken full ownership so Pappy is relegated to narrator status, but he uses it to tell the fascinating story of Bob Honey. Of course by fascinating we mean absolutely crazy.
Bob Honey takes place in a dystopian version of the U.S. of A., the version many political optimists believe we are headed for right now. The country is under the rule of Mr. Landlord, who is obviously modeled after Donald Trump. Honey is a Sean Penn-esque character who is disgruntled with pretty much everything around him. The country he once loved has lost its luster and Honey is mad.
Bob Honey used to work as a septic tank salesman, but now holds a host of jobs. One of his jobs is working for the government, as an assassin. In fact the shady organization he works for contracts him to kill geriatrics to weed down the population. He dispatches them with a mallet.
Like any satire the book is filled with social commentary, commentary that can be relegated to real life society. Penn’s whirlwind style of writing contains many little nuggets of truth within it frenzied prose, although readers may have to dig a little to find them. His comments and descriptions are lavish and completely from left field. The book seems to have no concrete plot but instead moves in an series of episodes.
Penn used the book to talk about everything that’s bothering him, in some cases making no effort to disguise the subject of his focus. He hides El Chapo behind the veil of a character named Fletcher, but mentions #MeToo by name. The book does not hold back in its savagery, and defiantly makes its authors point with flair.