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A Romp in Sean Penn’s Mind with Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff

The novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, by Sean Penn, is new, as a book to be read, but it was actually released in 2016 in a shorter incarnation as an audiobook supposedly by Pappy Pariah, and narrated by Penn, the actual author.

This is a book for people who like madcap cult-classic books, and the authors who write them. Think, Hunter S. Thompson, Chuck Palahniuk, or Thomas Pynchon. It is for readers who enjoy digging through paragraphs of stream-of-conscious satire to get to deep, and often unsettling truths laying below the surface.

This is an action-packed, thought provoking, and, well, kind of crazy, romp through America’s current political, social, and economic climate, as Penn, the angry, concerned, sentimental, and vocal, social activist sees it. It has characters that are readily identifiable as people existing in politics, and other news worthy areas, today. It also has characters that are so over the top that they couldn’t possibly exist, but, are also just plausible enough, that maybe they do. It is an ambitious and at times bravely raw look at what is happening around us, and one man, who may be an assassin that takes out the elderly with a mallet to keep them from upsetting marketing endeavors and the global balance, and how he, in his own wildly crazy, and out of control way, deals with a world that is spinning out of control.

The language of the book is often at odds with itself, but in an interesting and not unsatisfying way. It runs the gamut from simple, stripped down prose that Hemingway could appreciate, to sentences so packed with rarely used multi-syllabic words that even Anne Rice would find it superfluous. “Scottsdale’s dry climate contradicts the clammy calescent of New Guinean condensation,” is an actual sentence that he wrote in this book. And there are a lot of similar sentences that perhaps, could have been more simply stated to deliver the same meaning, and probably with greater clarity. But, it is this juxtaposition of simple and complex, not just in the prose, but in the characters, and the ideas they represent, that ultimately make this a compelling read.