Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff and the Modern Novel

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: Plot

The plot is pretty straightforward. We have the main character, Bob Honey, who most people could partially identify with. Despite the kind of job he does, a septic sewer manager, he manages to stir up the neighborhood by mowing his law at 3AM, but escapes detection when the neighbors call it into the police.

 

Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff: Reception

It is not so much the negative reviews a person is struck with. Nor the lack of reviews, since there has been a healthy dose of reviews from critics great and small, institutionally trained and first impressions from people who just wanted to read a novel by a yet unknown author in literature.

 

Penn’s Thoughts of its Reception

Then, again, it is the author himself who should have the final word over “his word.” And that is just exactly what amounts to what Sean Penn says in his response to so many of his critics. It seemed like Penn was only saying to those critics who expected something a little bit more like the great authors they did know that he was supposed to have known what the critics would like or dislike. Penn simply says “accept” the fiction as it is, and don’t try to read into the characters more than who they are.

The Author

Sean Penn is no stranger stranger to the public eye, though it is true “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” is his first novel. Sean Penn, while a young actor, made his television premiere in Little House on the Prarie,which was directed by his Father, Leo Penn. Prior to “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff,” Sean Penn was a director, writer, and actor for his entire career. He’s been the recipient of two Oscars for his acting in The Mytic River(2003) and Milk (2008).

 

Humble and Grateful in a Competitive Climate

I think it is well worth noting the humble acceptance and gratitude in which Sean Penn told the CBS Sunday Morning reporter when asked about others reception of “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” : “Some people, I think, will really enjoy it, others will loathe it.”

 

From the Past

“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.” -Leo Tolstoy

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