About Sean Penn’s Intriguing Novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

“Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.”

― Sean Penn, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

After building a successful career as an actor and filmmaker Sean Penn decided to dive deeper into a writing career coming up with his first book this year called “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”.

The author touches a series of present sensitive humanitarian dilemmas that are affecting our modern society reflected in a mix of poetry, fulminating and stories about a fictional character that sometimes gives you hints that the main character reflects author’s vision about certain situations that are occurring in today’s society and politics. He also makes conspicuous references to the ongoing president and other people that aren’t involved in politics.

Sean Penn in his novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff expresses his thoughts through dynamic prose that feels heavy sometimes. This is the type of book you can’t read quickly, you have to contemplate over the expressions to get some of the conspiracy references along with the metaphors used to convey some of his ideas. The social issues that Penn is more likely to care about are appearing clear in his book. With slight criticism he references about a series of real-life events like Russian hacking, net neutrality, the mass shooting in Las Vegas and the civil conflict in Yemen. He also indicates that Scientology would be a solution to these issues.

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Considering Sean’s personality and interest in helping people in distress, we can mark some similarities in between him and the protagonist, Bob Honey in his book Bob Honey Just Do Stuff. When you see the similarities between these two you can perceive that the ideas and values Bob Honey has mirrors Penn’s own values and ideas.


Frequently in the book you can notice the protagonist sharing ideas that are connected to some actual social movements. He clearly makes references to the current president and his comments on Twitter towards certain people which is being considered bullying.


The absurdity of modern social issues described in this book would definitely interest someone who’s touched directly or indirectly by these sensitive topics that follow us nowadays. You have to dive deeply into the phrases Penn uses in his book to catch the actual meaning behind them. As Sean Penn mentioned in his CBS interview, some people will love the book while others will detest it, and he is fine with that.

Being preoccupied with today’s society problems, Sean Penn gave up his acting career for a while to write Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, he also mentioned that in the future he’s planning on coming up with a more cheerful novel if things get better for the American society.