Sean Penn’s debut novel, ‘Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff’, which follows an assassin and serves as a commentary on contemporary American politics, is getting slated by critics.
The actor appeared in a nonchalant interview on Stephen Colbert this week to promote the new book and almost appeared to be high during it.
The book has been described by critics from the likes of The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly and The Washington Post, as ‘garbage’, ‘a mess’, ‘crazy’ and ‘angry, unsubtle and seriously bizarre’.
Tweeters have also had their say. The general consensus? It’s just no good.
sean penn wrote a very literary, very garbage book: https://t.co/4pcGHVng73
— Claire Fallon (@ClaireEFallon) March 27, 2018
Sean Penn wrote a novel.
Is it any good?
“Riddle wrapped in an enigma and cloaked in crazy.”
“Dozens of linguistic traffic jams.”
“Induces something like Stockholm syndrome. You admire the novel just because you’re surviving it.”
Our review.https://t.co/SrcI8Fb8xy pic.twitter.com/XbpjYk6gRn
— Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) March 27, 2018
What an angry, unsubtle, seriously bizarre novel Sean Penn has written. Here's my (attempted) unpacking of it for @EW, particularly Penn's intent desire to insert himself into the story: https://t.co/110zKiQWXM
— David Canfield (@davidcanfield97) March 27, 2018
Exhibit B: https://t.co/hIPPIcj81s
— Mary Slosson Should Be Writing, Not Tweeting (@maryslosson) March 27, 2018
— Anna Mazzola (@Anna_Mazz) March 27, 2018
— Connor Wroe Southard (@ConnorSouthard) March 27, 2018
Swear to god Penn wrote this book playing the “type one word and then use predictive text to finish your sentence” game https://t.co/21ufRW4IO4
— Sam Diss (@SamDiss) March 27, 2018
these extracts from Sean Penn's debut "novel" make Morrissey's LIST OF THE LOST suddenly seem like HEART OF DARKNESS. pic.twitter.com/gkYwsXtvD3
— Neil Young (@BohemiaStable) March 27, 2018
It took 3 full read-throughs to sink in that this is actually true and not some kind of parody or joke. This is utterly surreal.
— Particularly Speckled (@ParSpec) March 27, 2018
I have genuinely never wanted to read a book less in my entire life. If nothing else, he accomplished this great feat.
— Violet Conflict (@violetconflict) March 27, 2018
i wish he would penn less
— gerudoku (@gerudoku) March 27, 2018