Sean Penn’s Book Bob Honey Reshapes the Dystopian Novel

The following two articles on Sean Penn’s novel, “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” introduce and talk about the novel in different ways. In one article, the author gives his analysis of the project. In the other article, the book is more of a reference.

The May 24, 2018 article titled Sean Penn’s Dystopian Novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff is a book review. The author talks specifically of how Sean Penn incorporates his own experiences and beliefs into characters and experiences in the work. He also goes to show how Mr. Penn strategically eases his personal views on major social issues into the novel. The most obvious example of this is the main character, Bob Honey himself. The author goes to point out that Bob Honey and Mr. Penn share a great deal of similarities, specifically their passion for human rights. He compared Bob Honey’s disaster relief efforts in Iraq and the United States to that of Mr. Penn in his relief efforts in Haiti after the damaging hurricane in 2010 and the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005. To pull it all together to prove the point of similarity, the author refers to a character in the book named Fletcher being based on El Chapo, the Mexican kingpin Mr. Penn interviewed. The author explains the different writing methods used throughout the book, and warns the reader of how words, thoughts and ideas in the world today will challenge and support your very own via this novel.

The April 6, 2018 Vogue interview titled, Sean Penn on Quitting the Movie Business, His New First Novel, and #MeToo is a little more personal and more direct, considering the answers are coming straight from the horse’s mouth. The article starts off with talking about his notorious interactions, and introduces “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff“. We learn more about Sean Penn, noticing that “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is a mere link to finding out what Mr. Penn’s future plans are in writing and film, his book tour, and Mr. Penn’s views on the #MeToo movement. This article is about the man. The book was the project to lead the interview to speaking about himself.

These articles dissect the same project. One speaks solely on the work. The other speaks on the work also, but more on the man and the ideas behind the it.

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