There are some times when you just have to scratch your head, but you sill want to buy the book, and wonder “what just happened?” Times when your world is spun around on its axis and you’re trying to search for meaning where there likely may not even be any. You sit and ponder your life a bit and then, shaking your head, smile when you realize that you may not have all of the answers that you thought you did.
Expect this to happen when you read “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. The debut novel of Sean Penn is trippy in an almost existential way. The story first came to light in 2016 when Penn created an audiobook. He narrated it but insisted that he hadn’t written it and that, instead, it was written by Pappy Pariah, a man he’s just happened to meet and befriend in Florida. Now that the novel has been released, of course, we know the truth of the matter.
“Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” follows Bob, a man from California who is a 56 year old entrepreneur. Or is he a contract killer? Or, wait, a delusional homebody? It’s a bit confusing, to be honest, but that was exactly the direction that Penn seemed to be trying to take this novel. Readers follow along as Bob has different experiences, including dealing with his ex-wife, longing for a woman named Annie (does Annie even exist?), and talking about killing senior citizens. All in all “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is a trip of a book that has you shaking your head and wondering what, exactly, happened in the hours it took to read it. If you like authors such as Hunter S. Thompson, however, you’ll definitely find “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” an intriguing and enjoyable read. We’re hoping for the movie to be made, and, of course, Bob just has to be played by Penn!
Read his full interview here: