Sean Penn Expands His Horizons With Debut Novel

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In his debut novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,” actor Sean Penn explores the satirical side of human existence, told through the eyes of protagonist, Bob Honey. Honey is a self-righteous character who works a hidden gig as an assassin for the government. He expresses himself in a tiresome humor, satire that reveals insightful renderings about the current events of our time. Events that are clearly identifiable, such as the Las Vegas shooting tragedy and the possibility of Russians involvement in the American elections.

Penn’s writing has fundamental characteristic, which makes readers cringe, yet feel the weight of his carefully chosen words. Sean Penn uses prose much like a wordsmith, the novel reflects his awakened yearning to be heard in a way that isn’t offensive. In “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” Penn weaves together crisp prose with a light dose of expressed anger and stinging criticism. The challenge of any writer is to integrate parts of himself into the written dialogue without completely losing himself. Sean Penn does this well, readers are given the distinct impression of his personality and the causes he believes in passionately. Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is written in a manner whereby abstract reality is preserved through real life references. Penn delves into his own life as a director, a humanitarian and a producer to provide the backdrop for his character’s experiences.


“Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is one of the most well written debut novels of our time. Sean Penn describes what he learned, the extremely hard way, in clear prose. His life experiences lead him to the path as a writer. Previously, the American public only saw one side of Penn’s writing, opinionated pieces based on interviews. He interviewed many international figures, mostly those regarded as controversial. There were two infamous interviews, one with “El Chapo,” the Mexican drug lord whose real name is Joaquín Guzmán and the former Venezuelan President, Hugo Chávez.

Although Sean Penn is best known as an actor, he has also been quietly performing humanitarian work. When Haiti was hit by an unexpected earthquake, Penn was quick to offer assistance. His efforts to help with the aftermath were spearheaded by the charity he founded, the J/P Haitian Relief Organization.” The organization is also referred to as, “boots on the ground.” Penn and his team work in areas devastated by natural disasters and in impoverished regions.