In the days before the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, committed human rights campaigner and Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn released a satirical audiobook called “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.” The audio version of the book was a fast success and added to the artistic skills of Penn as critics and listeners praised the complex writing and narrative skill of the writer. In 2018, the release of “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” in a text format gave readers the chance to enjoy a book compared to some of the great absurdists in modern literary history.
Sean Penn is already a leading screenwriter and journalist who has recently stated he has found a natural home in the novel and has few plans to return to acting in the near future. Prior to completing his debut novel, Penn was famous for his two Oscar victories and being a writer of some note for his interviews with a range of controversial figures including the Mexican drug lord, “El Chapo” and former Cuban President Fidel Castro. During his career as an actor, screenwriter, and director Sean Penn has been responsible for the screenplay for the critically-acclaimed movie, “Into the Wild”.
What shocked and excited many reviewers when tackling “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” was the complex narrative which has little to no traditional plot but may be a figment of the imagination of the titular character. In the book, Honey is an international assassin using a mallet as his weapon of choice to murder the elderly he is contracted to kill. A recent divorcee, Bob Honey tours the world looking to achieve some form of the human interaction which escapes him on a daily basis as he lives in the modern cycle of 24-hour news cycles.
Many have compared the character of Bob Honey to Sean Penn himself and there are indeed many similarities between the pair but the author is also keen to point out his life is far more stable than that of his first fictional character. One of the main events in “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is the trip of the character to Iraq to view the humanitarian problems taking place in the nation following the Gulf War; many reviewers have compared this narrative in the novel to the work completed by Penn following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.