Literary Criticism and Significance

Ishiguro's 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go, has won praise from many literary critics as well as from award-givers and outstanding publications. For instance, Time magazine chose the book as one of the all-time best 100 English-language novels of the past eighty years. In addition, the book-review publication Library Journal named Never Let Me Go one of the best books of 2005. Gary Shteyngart, writing for Esquire, stated it was the "best dystopian novel in a generation." But the highest honor came when Never Let Me Go was chosen as a finalist for the coveted British literary award, the Man Booker Prize. Although the book did not win, some critics believed Ishiguro's novel was destined for the top spot and were surprised that it did not receive this honor.