The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora Hardcover
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Who is Neftoon Zamora? According to stories, he (or she) was part Zuni, part Martian, part Delta Blues player, and had come from the Great Spirit, Mars, or some place in Mississippi, thousands of years ago. Is Neftoon Zamora merely folklore, a tale told by fools to children? Or does Neftoon Zamora really exist, living in a small, hidden settlement in the mountains of New Mexico?
For newcomers to Michael Nesmith's artworks, The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora provides a magical postmodern plunge into his humor, imagination, and worldview. For the returning visitor, the novel is a new blossoming of the ideas and methods that color his uniquely fascinating garden of artwork. Zamora marks Nez's first novel (though not his first literary work) and added another step to Nez's artistic dance with multimedia. He originally published the novel in 1995 as a website. Coding the text in HTML, he decorated the narrative with links to pictures, extended passages, and audio clips. Nez released one of the internet's first novels as a serial -- posting a section at a time -- paralleling the publishing style of the first novels two centuries earlier.
The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora is available through Videoranch as a first edition hardcover and a CD audiobook read by Nez featuring music by his son Christian Nesmith and a cover designed by the author.
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"This book rises in the imagination like a fantastical building in the desert. It is an extraordinary assemblage. You simply have no idea what Nesmith is going to spring on you in the next paragraph -- ancient stories, new wisdom, or a sudden damn good joke, all held together with the rhythm of prose which flows like music. America may have temporarily mislaid its soul, but luckily it has been found again and returned intact in the pages of this remarkable book."
"The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora is a first rate novel, informed by an imagination that turns the story truly in the direction of myth. To read it is to be enchanted. To have read it is to be haunted. Michael Nesmith is accomplished in several worlds. To these accomplishments he now adds a significant contribution to the world of fiction."
"You fear there is no romance left in the world? You fear that the glorious word 'love' no longer means anything other than 'sex'? Then you must read this, Michael Nesmith's compelling first novel. It is the ultimate romance, the refreshing balm we need for our utilitarian time; it is just such an...exquisite... relief."
"A mystical search through the southwest for beauty and truth, Michael Nesmith writes with a rhythm and color that is as enveloping as his terrain. This is a writer rich in humor, with a delightfully canny sense of the modern picaresque novel. It's a wonderful ride with Mr. Nesmith."
"Nesmith echoes the styles of two writers... Gabriel Garcia-Marquez and Lewis Carroll. He constructs a narrative that's part magical realism part The Red Queen's Race. The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora is an impressively unexpected novel. It is not the sort of thing a celebrity would toss off in the hope of cashing in on a famous name. Instead, it serves notice that a compelling literary career may be just beginning. Michael Nesmith, hats off."
"The Long Sandy Hair of Neftoon Zamora is a funny-ha-ha, funny-strange, love-is-strange panorama that flows like the tresses of its mythic musical protagonist... Indeed, a keen descriptive sense and a full-bodied humanity are the soul of this notable first novel... Unlike so many novels involving the mystical, life-shaping properties of music, Nesmith doesn't ask you to merely have faith that the music is important. He's convincing, and his characters -- wonderfully expressive and eccentric -- are believably moved by the music Nesmith dreams up for them."