My heart was racing, my hands felt like they were covered with porcupine quills.
One day, the porcupine has had enough, and turns to writing a memoir.
Mabanckou pairs the porcupine with a Congolese boy, who attacks and kills neighbors and strangers with little provocation.
He is the author of Broken Glass, Memoirs of a porcupine, and African Psycho, among others.
Continuing his journey, the porcupine passed under a fallen tree.
The porcupine had at last decided that its enemy had gone away.
When a dog or any other foe comes to close quarters, the porcupine wheels round and rapidly charges back.
Not quite entirely had the porcupine unrolled when it discovered its enemy.
The one thing the porcupine seems bent upon doing at all times is to keep right side up with care.
Remember this whenever you come in the way of the porcupine.
c.1400, porke despyne, from Old French porc-espin (early 13c., Modern French porc-épic), literally "spiny pig," from Latin porcus "hog" + spina "thorn, spine" (see spike (n.1)). The word had many forms in Middle English and early Modern English, including portepyn, porkpen, porkenpick, porpoynt, and Shakespeare's porpentine (in "Hamlet").
A frayed wire rope (WWII Navy)