Isherwood says it best in the Apologia when he directs this collection of articles, verses, short stories and discarded fiction fragments to ""those who already feel some interest, never mind how slight in my writings and, hence, in me."" The best of Isherwood's work is not here since Exhumations comprises previously published efforts, those published quite early in his career, and work which has hitherto not been available here. It begins With Mapperley Plains, his grade school poem about the flight of a balloon. There are guide lines to the author's religious development from the time he is invited to collaborate with Swami Prabhavananda in translating Bhagavad-Gita in some of the essays, and in the fiction which is revealingly augmented with biographical annotations. Among the best of Isherwood's exhumations: I Am Waiting a short story of abortive prescience and an essay about early Los Angeles in burgeoning abundance. Again, the book is dandy for the initiated but those new to Christopher Isherwood's work had best look elsewhere.