This book makes very interesting reading for those working in high-grade terrains. It is beautifully illustrated and shows many spectacular field examples of overprinting relationships in migmatites and gneisses. Some sections (e.g. Chapters 2–4) give a good background for those about to go mapping in high-grade terrains and provide a framework for interpreting complex structures at outcrop scale. However, in my view it is not the manual on the structural geology of migmatites and gneisses it claims to be, but instead is a summary of a very personal approach to field geology.

The author mentions five underlying assumptions of his...

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