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Sean Penn’s Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

by Chris Holden - July 8th, 2018.
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Sean Penn’s new novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is said to be perfect for Thomas Pyncheon and Hunter S. Thompson fans. It does not have a formal plot but Pappy Pariah is the narrator and it centers on Bob Honey who is believed to be an international assasin who goes after the elderly with a mallot. Pappy Pariah was Penn’s original pseudonym and the book was originally released as an audiobook in 2016. The novel aims to feature Penn’s general feelings about the current American culture and politics.


Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is said to have subtle references to President Trump. One of the most significant scenes is at the Republican National Convention during an interview between Bob and Fletcher. Fletcher is supposed to be a reference to the drug El Chapo, whom Penn infamously interviewed just before his arrest. It also has references to the media and the police with Bob coming away after an ambush involving five of them stating that the media had effectively encouraged the killing of them.


Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff does show that Bob is divorced and reclusive. He works odd jobs such as travelling for waste management and selling fireworks to terrorists. On the side, he does his assasin work. Aside from being reclusive, the main character is also a misanthrope who despises social media and advertising.


Some complaints of the novel have included Penn using too much alliteration in Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff. That he over-uses phrases such as “dutiful dragoman” and “cadres of cannibals”. Penn also includes some dystopian-reflecting poetry throughout the novel.

Bob Honey Do Stuff is reflective of the 2016 Presidential election. In the novel, President Trump is referred to as a “seventy-year-old boy-man with money and French vanilla cotton candy hair”.


The main character in Bob Honey Do Stuff is said to appear rather enigmatic at first glance. However, it is also said that if the reader can get past the constant satire, alliterations, etc., he or she will find something of value and start to better understand the message behind the novel.

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