Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: The Novel, The Satire, The Ideas and The Reviews from USA Today and EW
Sean Penn’s debut novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is not meant to sensationalize today’s political climate in the United States, but book reviews from Entertainment Weekly and USA Today can’t seem to help but compare the ideas in his new novel to the state of The Times in the US. It is a book that Sean Penn intends to be an entertainment, but as far as book reviews would state, the brilliance of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is that it can’t help but be compared to what’s happening in the country under the Trump administration.
Entertainment Weekly (EW) describes Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff as an entertainingly trippy read that makes readers scratch their head in disbelief at the ideas presented as well as the insanity of the actions of its protagonist. With a style that reviewers said to be comparable to Hunter S. Thompson and Thomas Pynchon, readers of Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff would be fascinated by how relatable the political environment in the novel is and how the absurdity in Sean Penn’s story somehow speaks to general truths as a citizen of the modern world. EW also added that the writing style of Penn is ambitious, and is almost bordering to ingratiating, but it’s hard to argue that it’s a book that features all the political stand and personal worldviews of Penn himself.
The book is also described to be about a man named Bob who is a baby boomer doing odd jobs, including being a septic tank operator as well as an antisocial oddball that’s hired by special parties to exterminate compromising individuals. USA Today also described the book to be a dystopian narrative that feels like it describes the madness that is supposed to be experienced by many Americans today.
USA Today also highlighted the poems and unconventional writing styles that Penn wrote for Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. Such structure is meant to give authenticity to the entire story of the book. The random verses of poetry spread about in the book also give the novel a feverish feel that gives the impression of clear-cut madness of the setting.
There’s also a highlight from USA Today on the ambitious, poetic, lyrical and definitely cerebral approach of the novel about the setting that Bob is in. The real world aspects contained in the novel is seen also by USA Today as a means to inject it with satire.