Sean Penn is well-known as a Hollywood actor and now being a writer is uniquely qualified to talk about his new adventure in writing novels and stories. His experiences in the movie industry as well as real life – good, bad and otherwise – is well depicted in his recent interview with Trevor Noah of Vogue magazine. Talking to Trevor, Sean Penn indicates how his life has turned after a couple of incidents in the past years. Sean understands and brings a great depth and breadth of experience when it comes to celebrities facing controversies like him.
During the interview with Vogue, Sean Penn takes the audience through the process of his new gig and talks about his novel titled “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff”. The fictional creation is about the main character who lives double life as a worker during the day and killer at night. Questions, doubts and suggestions from the host are handled by Sean in a light and firm manner. As is always noted in many other interviews, Sean Penn’s remarks are sprinkled with notes, facts, opinions as well as quotes.
Sean Penn says his new novel is a good read, well organized and plainly written for his audience to keep them interesting throughout the book. He is here with this great book to get people buy and read it and be a part of discussion. It is the most comprehensive book that Sean Penn has ever wrote and according to the interview, he is planning to write more books in the near future as well. Perhaps, most importantly, he says he has written in a style that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Just like his movies, Sean Penn knows thoroughly the most valuable aspect his audience is looking for in a new venture and explains it to Trevor Noah. Sean Penn’s advice is to never give up hope in life and to make peace with what you believe in. This he says in reference to his controversial friendship with the Late Venezuelan President as well as accusations from #MeToo movement.
Refugees often undergo a lot of brutality. Nothing depicts their plight better than Yeonmi Park’s heart wrenching Amazon best-selling book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom”. The story is said in hard-hitting and fearless lines, which manage to clearly portray the injustices faced by child refugees in particular. In the book, Ms. Park states that she did not know what freedom is during her early years. The happiest thing to her was having a meal.
Yeonmi begins her Reason TV interview by detailing how she fled from her nation of birth, North Korea. This was in March 2007. At a tender age of thirteen, she had no idea about where she was headed to. She captures the attention of her readers when she details her escape from the country after crossing a freezing River Yalu late into the night. Getting into China, she came face to face with dreadful experiences, which are too harrowing for even an adult, let alone a thirteen year old.
A strong will to live is what kept this gritty girl going. Along the way, she met her father but unfortunately, he succumbed to undetected cancer. This lowered her life force and even made her to have suicidal thoughts. She however fought them off and kept journeying on. During the years-long journey across China, she was confronted by many challenges. Park had to withstand relentless hunger, emotional and physical abuse. She however managed to reach the Mongolian border, which paved way for her transit to South Korea.
One thing that stands out from the memoir is the author’s ability to keep readers on the edge. It is filled with suspense-filled lines, which keeps them wanting to read more of the story. It is no surprise that the book has become a blockbuster within a short time after its release. It has also catapulted a hitherto unknown refugee into international limelight. The press sees her as a savior to millions of North Koreans who have been for years oppressed by the tyrannical regime. The North Korean government has gone ahead to dismiss Yeonmi’s account as an exaggeration and has even labeled her a puppet of the West. Nonetheless, Yeonmi Park has managed to highlight the injustices going on in the county.