Sean Penn has released a book called “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”, an absurd and satirical story about middle class boomer, Bob. The book doesn’t follow a formal plot structure, but tells the story of the antihero Bob. He is an angry man, who loathes his ex-wife, but sometimes goes on mallet wielding sprees, bashing older people. His mysterious employer who issues him to kill with the mallet, is seen as an individual who loathes globalization and stands in the way of it. “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” can be seen as a trippy read, which Penn has compared to the likes of cult authors such as Thomas Pynchon.
Through the madness in Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, Penn seems to highlight some interesting truths on the state of affairs in the United States. Bob experiences the 2016 election, in which there are jabs at President Trump, in which Penn calls him the landlord. Bob also discusses the five police killed in Dallas, mentioning how he feels that police culture in American needs to change. Penn also adds some praise of a leader very similar to Hugo Chavez, and includes a character that is strikingly similar to El Chapo. The dystopian world that Bob lives in, can’t help but get the reader thinking, and Penn’s ambitious prose creates a whirlwind of sentiments.
Through the book, it is at times hard to distinguish between Bob, and Penn’s voice. This seems to be intentional, as Penn is also a baby boomer, and has always expressed his discontent on the political state of the U.S. Bob seems in many ways to be a strong, yet absurd, symbol of the anger and confusion of the average American. It seems that the book takes a satirical approach to Penn’s worldview. The New York Times says that Penn’s “real interest here is capturing what America has become – and taking a mallet to it.” This may be a very accurate depiction, and may explain why some people may relate to this read, while others will not. The book can be found on Amazon and Simon and Schuster.
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